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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 April 24, 2019 via mobile

The meeting point was at a very central location, Flavio (the guide) and Bridget (the driver) were both very welcoming. We departed on time in a comfortabel bus and it took about 50 minutes to reach the Monastry of Montserrat. Our guide Flavio was very...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019

The trip was not cheap but totally worth it. A positive remark about the organization: as it rained in the morning, the guide informed us before we left that the hiking trail could potentially be closed and that we would visit the museum in case...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Antonia O
Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

We had Julia from Madrid as our guide. She was quick to adjust plans when she heard the internationally famous boys choir was singing so we could see them which is rare. Also when the Fernicular was out of service temporarily we went to alternate...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Esperanza T
Reviewed April 6, 2019

We had a fantastic experience visiting Montserrat. Our guide Oriol was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. He seemed to know everyone and helped to make us feel like locals as well. If you are visiting Barcelona and are on the fence about this trip, we highly...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank CJKJJR
Reviewed March 28, 2019

We very much enjoyed the trip to Montserrat and the surrounding national park with our guide Adrian. Would definitely return now that we know there is an option to overnight at the monastery.

Date of experience: March 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
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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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