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From Barcelona: Full-Day Cardona & Montserrat w/ Brunch

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Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the municipality of Cardona, visit the medieval castle, the salt mines and learn all the secrets of this magical place. Enjoy a local brunch and to end, visit the breathtaking Montserrat Mountain.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
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Live guide
English, Spanish
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Experience

Highlights
  • Ride to the Cardona Salt Mountain
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta
Full description
Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the municipality of Cardona where the old salt mine is situated. The Cardona Salt Mountain grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with an elongated ellipse shape covering an area of 1,800 by 600 meters. 100 hectares of this terrain boasts natural characteristics deserving to be included in the Spaces of Natural Interest Plan of Catalonia. The tour then continues to Cardona Castle. You will have the opportunity to visit the modern fortress and parts of the old castle of Cardona built in 886 by Wilfredo el Velloso, of Romanesque and Gothic styles, including the so-called Golden Room and the Sala dels Entresols. Its jewels are the Minyona Tower (11th century), 15 meters in height and more than 10 meters in diameter, and the Romanesque Church of St. Vincent of Cardona.

After the visit to the castle, you will go to a room where a brunch composed of local food, one cup of wine and cava will be served. After you finish the brunch, drive to Montserrat Mountain where you will go up to Montserrat with the cogwheel train, which will leave you in the middle of the monastery. It is a 15 minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The train has panoramic windows which make the actual journey an interesting attraction. The train is air-conditioned and wheelchair friendly.

You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat that holds the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna), which you will be able to see from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery has received pilgrims and visitors for hundreds of years who have contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs of pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded. You will be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and taste typical liquors.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance and visit to Cardona Castle
  • Brunch composed by local food, one cup of cava and local wine
  • Entrance and visit to salt mines
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

When you get there

Meeting point

Carrer de Balmes 5, Barcelona.

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Know before you go
• Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals
• Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and wearing comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
• Montserrat has a mountain climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold