Black Madonna, Catalonia

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  • Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get ...

    The guide was great, my only critique is that we barely spent any time at montserrat and the overall tour was far more wine dominant than I'd anticipated. Should probably be renamed to "wine tour with expedited montserrat sampling" but aside from that it was great, I did enjoy both montserrat and the wine tour as well as the food and our guide was excellent.

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

    2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

    Avoid the crowds with this early access excursion to the monastery of Montserrat. You can enjoy the spirituality of this monastery, situated not far outside of Barcelona, and marvel at the sunrise from the mountainside. You will depart from Plaza de Catalunya early in the morning in an air-conditioned bus. Enjoy the drive up to the mountain of Montserrat, located 720 meters above sea level. You will have the best views of the sunrise over the mountain scenery, and take spectacular photos of these incomparable views. When you arrive at the monastery you can enjoy the complex on your own. Choose to enter the Museum of Montserrat, or follow one of the hiking routes to explore the mountain. Meet back at the monastery for the return drive to Barcelona.

    our guide Laura told us a lot of information - not only about Monserrat, she was very nice, pleasant, friendly

  • Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

    3. Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

    Upon arrival at the monastery, northwest of the city, learn about the lives of the monks in the monastery and sacred mountain. Visit the Museu de Montserrat and see a collection of artifacts that range from Egyptian mummies to canvasses by Picasso. Although much of the collection was lost in the Napoleonic War, the museum continued to add to its collection and the museum is now home to important works of 20th-century Catalan art. See archaeological finds from Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Palestine. Admire old paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by artists such as Morales, El Greco, and Caravaggio. Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture of the 16th-century basilica. Go to the atrium and sacristy, and see the permanent collection of images of the Virgin Mary. If you book the option that includes entrance to the Monastery you will enjoy a liquor tasting.

    Our trip was easy and very enjoyable!! Our guide Gabby was perfect - she knew so much about the area and was also so kind when watching out for the safety and well-being of her clients. My mother left her phone in the chapel and Gabby worked on our behalf to track it down. She spoke on the bus (both ways) to us about the history of Barcelona and Montserrat. It was a wonderful day trip. ⭐️

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What people are saying about Black Madonna, Catalonia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 247 reviews

Get your guide made the whole experience enjoyable and stress free. I’m not usually one for guided tours but in this case I highly recommend it. Toni was a great guide and really made the experience as an enjoyable as it could be.

We took the 7 hours tour with Monserrat and wine tasting. We had a wonderful day and we would recommend it as a great tour combo. Toni was a very professional, friendly, funny guide with a lot of information.

Great tour and friendly, helpful guides. Tour to the monastery was good and the tapas and wine in the afternoon was a great way to finish the day

We had a great experience during our activity, David was very knowledgeable and really open for all the questions

It was full 10 grade no less. Aurora and all the team were charming.