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Montserrat Royal Basilica With Cog-Wheel Train or Bus

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Ascend to the top of Montserrat Mountain on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Enjoy a scenic ride aboard a cog-wheel train, visit the Royal Basilica to see the Black Virgin, and walk among the mountain’s unusual rock formations.
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  • Enjoy a day trip to the holy mountain of Montserrat
  • View paintings from the masters, like El Greco, Picasso, and Dali, at the basilica's museum
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat
  • Admire the Black Virgin, a site of pilgrimage for many of the Catholic faith
  • Listen to the sounds of L'Escolania, one of the oldest boy's choirs in Europe
Full description
Board a coach from the office in central Barcelona and set off for 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's beautiful scenery was declared 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. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary.

Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.

Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual tour in English and Spanish
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors
  • Entrance to audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”
  • Radio guide system.
  • Discounts available: 20% off Sant Joan Funicular ticket, 10% off Museum entrance fee, 10% off the buffet restaurant at the Mirador dels Apostols
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch and other services not specified
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Museum entrance fee

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• 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
• Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour, please come prepared and wear comfortable clothes and shoes
• Please note, the boy's choir does not perform in the afternoon
• Montserrat is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need mountain weather appropriate clothing
• Check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
• For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people
• The duration of the tour includes round-trip pickup and drop-off

From US$ 65.52 per person

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Product ID: 1177