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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.
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Passatge de la Concepció, 7, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Departure Time
8:30 AM
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided visit of the Magic Mountain & the Abbey of Montserrat
  • Multilingual Professional Mountain guide
  • Tickets for Aeri's Cable Car
  • Tickets for Sant Joan’s railway
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • Boys choir singing of the famous Escolania de Montserrat (subject to availability)
  • One hour of soft hiking in the Natural Park
  • Premium Small Group maximum capacity 12/15 people
  • Entry/Admission - Escolania de Montserrat
  • Entry/Admission - Funicular de Sant Joan
  • Entry/Admission - Aeri de Montserrat
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pickup
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Please bring snacks to this tour in case you need them
  • Occasionally the Montserrat mountain railway has to undergo maintenance, if the rail way is undergoing maintenace, this tour's route and the hike will be adjusted to include all the best views and ensure you still see the Montserrat Abbey, and have a great time
  • This product is subject to cancellation or rescheduling based on inclement weather
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place. In case of not reaching the minimum of participants, tour will be rescheduled
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The visit to the Moreneta is not guaranteed, it is subject to availability and depending on tehseason, as there may be up to 2hrs of queue
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 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 August 9, 2019 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

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Reviewed August 8, 2019

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
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Reviewed July 28, 2019 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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Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

Can't say enough about our guide, Roger. He was very informative, full of personal experiences from the area - made for a much more enjoyable experience than the usual, sterile tour. Beautiful hike - tons of history to take in. Makes you appreciate how diverse...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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September 10, 2019|
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Response from Doris M | Reviewed this property |
We did not see the boy’s choir. We saw the Black Virgin Statue from a distance. There was such a long line to get a close up view in August. The cog railway and cable car might be fun for the kids. We took the option to walk... More
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.
Jerri H
March 28, 2019|
Response from Jerri H |
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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