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  1. Spain
  2. Catalonia
  3. Barcelona
  4. Montserrat Monastery

Montserrat & Artistic Barcelona: the Best of Gaudí

Product ID: 1181
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In the morning enjoy the spectacular Montserrat Mountain and see the famous Black Virgin at the Royal Basilica. Spend the afternoon admiring the capital of Catalan Art Noveau – Barcelona! See Antonio Gaudi's masterpiece La Sagrada Familia.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the Montserrat Monastery and the art of Barcelona
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat and stop at the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
  • See the Black Virgin
  • Cruise past Gaudi's famous apartment buildings
  • Explore Parc Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Full description
During the first part of this tour, you'll see the rocks of Montserrat. Made of sand and shaped by the wind and the rain over centuries, these strangely-formed peaks are often ascribed human or animal shapes, and have been assigned popular local legends. You'll also visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, home to the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moreneta (the Black Virgin). You'll also see the Benedict sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat. Founded in 1025, it provides a mystical backdrop to the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. Long ago, this little monastery received pilgrims and visitors who spread stories of the miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to accommodate the needs of modern-day pilgrims, who still visit the site some thousand years after its foundation.

The second part of the tour covers the best of Modernist Barcelona as well as Antoni Gaudi's famous architectural creations. Gaudi, one of the greatest innovators of his time, has left behind numerous treasures for the discerning tourist to discover. You'll admire the exterior of his richly and symbolically decorated La Sagrada Familia Basilica, whose vaults reach up to 70 meters. Then, you'll enjoy a 30-minute visit to Gaudi's bizarre Parc Guell, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The tour continues to Paseo de Gracia, where you'll see Gaudi's famous apartment buildings, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. The tour concludes by the Casa Batlló, at 43 Paseo de Gracia.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned bus transport throughout
  • Taste of 4 local liquors
  • Entry to the “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat” audiovisual space
  • Guided walking tour of Park Güell with entrance
  • Guided walking tour outside of the Sagrada Familia
  • Guided walking tour of Passeig de Gràcia (Casa Milà 'La Pedrera' and Casa Batlló)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Radio guide system
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà 'La Pedrera' and Casa Batlló
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The local supplier's office at Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain. Please be in the office 15 minutes before the tour departs.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• From November 2 to March 31 you will visit Parc Guell before La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
• Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour. Please be prepared and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
• There is approximately 35 minutes between both parts of the excursions, during which you will be able to get lunch (not included) in the city center of Barcelona
• Proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts, or flip flops.
• At Montserrat there is a mountainous climate. Depending on the season, you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
• For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour for groups of more than 5 people
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 8 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.8/5
Safety
5.0/5

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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 1181