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Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Make the most of your time in Catalonia and discover Montserrat on a small-group early-morning tour with round-trip transportation from Barcelona where you will explore the basilica, monastery and La Moreneta with a professional guide. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a light walk to see the Cross of San Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, visit the grotto or the museum and more before returning to the Catalonian Capital.
  • A personalized introduction to one of Catalonia's top sights
  • Savor more time on you vacation by booking and early-morning tour
  • Explore the word-famous basilica and monastery with your private group
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Round transfer from the centre of Barcelona to the Monastery
Professional tour guide
English guided tour in Montserrat
Free time to explore Montserrat
Ticket to visit La Moreneta and audiovisual space
Small-group
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Carrer de Trafalgar, 6 , Carrer de Trafalgar, 6, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

We will meet you very close to Plaza Catalunya. Adress: Carrer Trafalgar, 6 08010 Please find a red burgundy umbrella

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Beat the crowds and explore Montserrat monastery in peace and at your own pace on this morning tour with early-access admission.

Join your guide in an air-conditioned private vehicle in Barcelona for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat, enjoy scenic views and hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of La Moreneta.

When in Montserrat, enjoy a guided tour from your professional guide before enjoying two hours of independent exploring. Choose to visit La Moreneta, discover the Museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, or ascend to the grotto, either on foot or by cable car (additional cost).

Your tour concludes with a trip back to the meeting point in Barcelona.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Montserrat
Montserrat is a mountain top monastery situated on top an unusual rock mountain. It is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands. Montserrat monastery hosts “la Moreneta”, also called Black Madonna. The legend says that the benedictine monks found the statue, and they could not move the statue to build their monastery, so they decided to construct it around the statue. Montserrat was designated as a National Park in 1987. Nowadays, it is a site of pilgrimage of people around the world. Once in Montserrat, enjoy a 45 minutes small group guided tour, and then you will have 2 hours to explore. You can visit la Moreneta, enter to the Museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel cross, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and more.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
The origin of the monastery is uncertain, but it is believed that the Virgin of Monsterrat (la Moreneta) was found around 880. According to the legends, the monks build the monastery around the statue. The monastery still functions to this day with over 70 monks. The basilica of Montserrat began its construction in the 16th century, and now houses an art museum. It is also the place where la Escolania, one of the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe, performs during religious ceremonies.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Montserrat Museum
In your free time, you can visit the Montserrat museum, which hosts six permanent art collections and two temporary. You will find pieces from famous artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Caravaggio, and also unknown but talented artists.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sant Joan Funicular Lower Station
In your free time, take the funicular and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain. The funicular offers a view of the monastery as well as the breathtaking views from the Pyrenees. At the top, you can also visit Aula de Natura (Nature Centre), where you will learn about the history, flora and fauna of the mountain.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barcelona Local Experiences
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona.

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star-5
Great tour
james_b
, Jun 2022
Great tour, great tour guide, and great comfy coach. The group was not too large and we were able to see most everything
star-3
Our guide did not know we...
Robert_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide did not know we could touch the sphere the Madonna was holding so we missed out on that while other groups did not.
star-5
Amazing tour
Tana_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Feliciano was excellent. He was entertaining while knowledgeable! The experience on the mountain was spiritual and exhilarating.
star-4
Peace at the Mountain Summit
Britt_H
, Jun 2022
The mountaintop top is calm and beautiful. As a non-religious person, I am less enthusiastic about the Black Madonna, which was the only included activity. It was beautiful and tranquil but underwhelming in certain ways for us. Still, we don’t regret it!
star-5
Memorable experience
Catherine_T
, Jun 2022
Our guide Alberto was a true professional! This was easily our favorite experience during our stay in Barcelona.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing trip
Katie_L
, Jun 2022
Feliciano was an amazing tour guide. He was friendly very knowledgeable about the area and Barcelona generally. The tour was well paced, I felt like we had enough time without being rushed. Montserrat was beautiful, so don't hesitate to book this.
star-5
Beautiful Montserrat
Nicholas_G
, May 2022
This tour was just right. I felt that the tour went on for just the perfect amount of time and gave us plenty of information about the area. I was also able to have plenty of time to explore the area on my own and got back in the early afternoon so I had time for more activities afterwards.
star-5
Overall a great...
Doris_K
, May 2022
Overall a great experience. Our guide, Alberto, was great! The hike to the cross was awesome. The black Madonna was beautiful
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The views from the...
Virginia_R
, May 2022
The views from the monastery were absolutely beautiful as was La Moreneta. Took a serene short hike to the cross and enjoyed more stunning views!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our guide was friendly...
Sam_S
, May 2022
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Gave a great talk about Barcelona on our hour drive put and gave us the history of the monastery.
star-5
Feliciano was a great...
Mark_Z
, May 2022
Feliciano was a great guide! He was informative and has a great sense of humor. Feliciano provided us with his local knowledge of the city and surrounding area. Seeing the Black Madonna was the best part of the day The trip was a highlight of our vacation! We would highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Beautiful day at Montserrat
Julie_F
, May 2022
Would highly recommend. Tour guide Alex and driver were great. Learned much on the bus ride there as well as at Montserrat. Beautiful hike on my own after the tour. Don’t forget to check out the local vendors on the way back to the bus - cheeses were delicious!
star-5
Inspiring experience.
JCM_T
, May 2022
Alberto, our guide, was excellent. His was incredibly informative and gave great advice. An absolute gentleman. Thank you Alberto!!!
star-5
Do it! With time to Spare In Barcelona
Ben_N
, May 2022
My wife and I couldn’t recommend this tour more. Albert was awesome and probably knew everything about Montserrat after doing tours for many years. Bus was nice and trip was easy. It left you having seen almost everything but at least the main sites (cathedral and Madonna). You had to pick and choose during your 1-1.15 hour free time because you couldn’t do everything (hike, liquor tasting, etc.) but starting early and getting back at 1:30 allowed us a lot of leeway for the rest of the day being in Barcelona for a short time. Really glad we didn’t pas this up.
star-5
Simply Amazing and Impactful
Jonathan_H
, May 2022
By far, the most impactful of the several tours as took in Barcelona. Montserrat is beautiful, peaceful, and memorable in all of the right ways. The cathedral is wonderful and give off an enchanting feel, but that is only a small piece of what makes this place “good for the soul”. It is hard to describe. There are hiking trails that are paved and not overly strenuous and others that are more challenging. The trail to the cross is worth the 20 mon walk! It provides breathtaking views. If walking isnt your thing, there are plenty of other options. Alberto, our tour guide, was the best tour guide I have ever had (I have been to several countries and have just about seen it all). He was knowledgeable and it felt like he got our group “VIP” service everywhere. Everyone knew and loved him! Lines? Not for him. They saw him and ushered is right to the front. He shared history while on the way (about an hour drive) and answered all of our questions. His English is better than most Americans (lol). Side note, a few years back, he spent a good bit of time in the U.S. and UK. I found that he was able to connect more with our group because he truly understood his culture and ours. A true bridge. It makes a difference. I wish he operated the other tours we took. Ask for him for sure.
star-5
Our guide Albert made the...
Madeline_M
, May 2022
Our guide Albert made the entire trip so very enjoyable. His knowledge of the history of Montserrat really made the trip so special. Not only did he share the history, but did so with bits of humor, legends, and stories that we really enjoyed.
star-5
Amazing!!
Debbie_H
, May 2022
Our guide Alberto made the tour memorable. Alberto has lots of information about Montserrat, he was also very personable. Inside seeing the black Madonna and chapel was so amazing and beautiful. Would highly recommend going. Great pick up and drop off.
star-5
Great Tour of Monserrat
Deb_N
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour to Monserrat. Our guide Alex was outstanding and shared interesting information about Barcelona during our drive. All instructions were clear, meeting point easy to find and Monserrat was amazing. Would highly recommend this tour - and especially Alex.
star-5
Amazing
oanaceltic
, Apr 2022
Cristina was amazing - gorgeous trip! Informative tour and stunning views - we thoroughly enjoyed it! Bought lots of cheese, too
star-5
Olga Escribano was an...
Kelly_W
, Apr 2022
Olga Escribano was an exceptional tour guide. The headset tool was critical so that we could all hear her every word. Olga’s knowledge is expansive and she explained things very clearly with excitement.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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