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Montserrat Monastery & Hiking Tour with Cable Car Included from Barcelona

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The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona.
Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, with over 150 monks. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this Monastery dating nearly a thousand years.
Board the Aeri Cable Car and Sant Joan's Railway to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a trail (soft trekking) with the best specialized guide in Montserrat Natural Park.
Highlights
  • See Montserrat's highlights on a day trip from Barcelona 
  • Explore with a guide to learn about the abbey's history 
  • Views of Catalonia from the Sant Joan funicular railway
  • Navigate Montserrat National Park easily on a guided walk 
  • Group numbers limited to 15 for a calmer, more personalized experience
What to Expect
Meet in central Barcelona and travel by deluxe Mercedes minivan to Montserrat, admiring the rugged scenery on route.
As you travel, hear about the mountainside Benectine abbey and its 12th-century wooden "La Moreneta" carving of the Virgin Mary, the "Black Madonna," that makes it one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites.
Tour the abbey, enjoy a performance of the boys’ choir, and see the revered statue as your guide sheds light on the monastery’s history.
Next, ascend the mountainside on the glass-roofed Sant Joan funicular train and admire the bird’s-eye views from the slopes over Catalonia below.
Then, drive on to Montserrat Natural Park, one of Catalonia’s most scenic natural reserves. Here, set off on a gentle guided nature walk to take in the stunning scenery and flora and fauna.
After appreciating the unspoilt landscapes and peace here, your tour finishes with a drop-off in central Barcelona.
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All reviews boys choir taking the cable car fabulous trip funicular ride taking photos small group helpful guide half day trip black madonna great job meeting point great guide an unforgettable experience highly recommend this tour beautiful scenery meeting place whole group
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We did this tour on Aug 10th. It was incredible and had amazing views. Our guide was Mayka who could not have been any better. She spoke great English and was very funny and educational. We learned a lot and came away with some beautiful...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this tour very much. Beautiful countryside, informative and interesting. Our guide Marc did a great job and was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Doris M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this tour with youngish boys (11&8). Both loved the hike, fernicular ride to the top and the cable car down. Very well organized and our guides Marc and Mayka did a great job. Would recommend with kids as long as they are very...More

Thank desinerg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing day! My daughter and I toured with Adria He was incredibly knowledgable about everything from the geology of Montserrat to politics to restaurants in Barcelona! The hike and visiting the abbey was a huge highlight of our trip to Spain!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank lkhak74
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience , would highly recommend the tour and cable car. Tour guide (Adrian) was very knowledgable and passionate it made our experience more enjoyable. It definitely made our trip to Barcelona one to remember !

Date of experience: July 2019
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aiype
May 23, 2019|
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Response from Eppie D | Reviewed this property |
I cannot answer that question because I only went for the visit to the Monastery and surrounding area. Sorry.
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Jerri H
March 28, 2019|
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I see a review that says "... Drove to the mountain and took a cable car to the monastery. Then, took a funicular up to the top and walked down..." Just wanted to be sure that this tour does indeed include both a ride on... More
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101CeCe
October 15, 2018|
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Response from shardog | Reviewed this property |
Yes- he explained the architecture and history and then gave us time to explore on our own. I’d guesstimate the guided part (after the hike) was about 30 minutes and time to explore on our own about 20-30 minutes. Do this... More
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