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  2. Catalonia
  3. Barcelona
  4. Montserrat Monastery

From Barcelona: Montserrat and Santa Cecilia Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 118918
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Discover two of the most mystic Catalan wonders on this full-day tour. Take a comfortable bus from Barcelona city center to Montserrat Mountains and experience the sacristy and the exclusive Santa Cecilia monastery.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the wonderful breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountains
  • Have the chance to visit the exclusive sacristy
  • Discover local tastes with brunch
Full description
You will board a tour bus at the local partner's office in central Barcelona to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat was declared a National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary.

Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction. After the guided tour, you will be given about 3 hours of free time. Then, you can shop for locally produced treats, have lunch, listen to one of the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe (subject to their schedule), visit the audiovisual exhibition, the museum (if option selected) or taste the finest liquors made in the region.

Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can hike to. Join your guide back again around 3PM for the second part of the visit, an exclusive guided tour of the Sacristy. Once you're back on the bus, you'll head to Santa Cecilia, the first monastery built on the mountain. This construction is located in a privileged and peaceful natural terrace with breathtaking views of the peaks. Enjoy the artistic intervention of the Irish painter Sean Scully and be amazed by its fusion of Christian and avant-garde artworks.
Includes
  • Transportation on an air-conditioned tour bus
  • Tour operated in both Spanish and English
  • Radio guide system
  • Exclusive entrance to the sacristy
  • Exclusive entrance to Santa Cecilia Monastery
  • Admission ticket to the Montserrat Museum (if option selected)
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors of the area
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat 'Espai Audio visual Montserrat'
  • Discounts for some of the main attractions
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Ticket for the funicular

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Short skirts
Know before you go
• Correct dress code is requested to enter the basilica; tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals are not allowed
• Some walking will be necessary; comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
• Montserrat has a mountain climate; depending on the season, you will need clothes to protect you from the rain and/or cold
• For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people
• Please remember to advise of any food intolerances when making your reservation; if you do not notify the local partner in advance, the company is not able to serve you an alternative menu
• It is recommended that you check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time
• The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
Organized by

Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 118918