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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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Important Information
Departure Point
Passatge de la Concepció, 7, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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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All reviews boys choir fabulous trip funicular ride mostly downhill taking photos helpful guide small group beautiful pictures great guide half day trip black madonna great job meeting point highly recommend this tour well worth the money meeting place wealth of knowledge
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Reviewed December 7, 2017

We had an amazing time touring Montserrat with Unai. Our tour ended up being just our party of 2 and our guide Unai, but it was great and we had some flexibility in our schedule! Unai is very knowledgeable and kind and we learned a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Michelle H
Reviewed November 27, 2017

Went up with a small group hosted by our guide, Unai who is an avid hiker and made the experience that much better. Look him up if you're in Barcelona and have some time to explore a unique mountain and more Catalonian history!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank joshcsimpson
Reviewed November 22, 2017

We had a beautiful hike around the Montserrat monastery. Unai was our tour guide and was very helpful and able to answer every question we had. The views were beautiful and the nature walk was very flexible as we could choose how far we wanted...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank brookeq787
Reviewed November 15, 2017

Thanks to Unai for a great day! He was a very well informed, organised and helpful guide. Montserrat is an amazing place that is well worth a visit. Highly recommended.More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank annetw508
WeBCN, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at We Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2017

Dear Annetw508, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are very happy to hear that Unai made you feel great at Montserrat. This is really one of the things that we try to maintain at We Barcelona. Best regards,...More

Reviewed November 12, 2017

thanks to your guide Unai Zumalde. he was of the top. thank you to our guide. very kind and professional. he came to us by speaking French and speaking English softly. it's a beautiful person who loves what he does

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank isam148
WeBCN, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at We Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

Dear Isam148, Thank you for taking the time to review your Experience in Montserrat with us. We will let Unai know that you were pleased with his service. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Best, Julian, We Barcelona Team

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Destination3010
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
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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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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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