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From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day with Brunch

Product ID: 118918
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Take a comfortable bus from Barcelona city center and ride to this unique experience in the Montserrat Mountains with an exclusive entrance to the sacristy and have a local brunch with special scenery.
About this activity
Duration 9 - 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
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
Start your full-day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable bus to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). The rocks of Montserrat were formed by the natural cement of sand during the centuries. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna 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 soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who 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 to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded. You will also visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat, and afterwards, be taken on a short walk to the hermitage of Saint Benet, dedicated to the founder of the Benedictines, St. Benedict of Nursia, who lived in the 5th century and founded Montecassino, the first monastic center in Europe.

The Escolanía of Montserrat is one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe (14th century). On some days, the children's choir sings in the monastery and so you may be fortunate enough to catch one of their delightful performances. Their timeframe is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery. At around 13:15, the guide will take you to an exclusive visit to the sacristy that was built by the architect Francesc Folguera and consists of a hall, a spacious room with cupboards and a small apse. In the vestibule, there will be a sarcophagus and a bronze statue by Joaquim Ros of the Venerable Fra Josep of Saint Benet, a monk died in 1723 with the fame of saint. The whole vault is decorated in a concrete idealism by Josep Obiols with biblical allegories of the Eucharist and representations of Christmas, Easter and the Pentecost. The mahogany cabinets on the side walls have marquetry panels - also designed by Josep Obiols - representing saints and characters linked to Montserrat. The whole set is of great beauty and balanced. To finish, you will go to a special space, outdoors where you will have brunch and from there, have free time to taste some typical liquors of Montserrat or take the funicular (not included). 
Includes
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Exclusive entrance to the sacristy
  • Walk to the viewpoint of the Creu de Sant Miquel and the chapel of Sant Miquel
  • Brunch
  • Taste of 3 typical liquors
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”
  • Radio guide system
  • 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

Julia Travel Office, Carrer Balmes, 5 - Barcelona

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
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 will be included during this tour, please come prepared
• Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
• Montserrat has a mountains 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 request a change in the usual menu due to food intolerance or other reason when making your reservation and wait for the answer. If you do not notify the local partner in advance, the company is not responsible for not being 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
Organized by

Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 118918