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

Montserrat & Santa Cecilia: Small Group Tour with Brunch

Product ID: 72680
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Early privileged visit to the magnificent and uncrowded Montserrat mountain and sanctuary, followed by an unforgettable visit with brunch to the hidden treasure at Montserrat Mountain “Santa Cecilia Church”.
About this activity
Duration 7 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
  • Watch Sean Scully's intervention in the Romanesque church of Santa Cecilia: with stained glass works and paintings of Holly, Cecilia, Doric Nyx, etc
  • See the Montserrat Virgin at Basilica de Montserrat, known as La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), the patron saint of Catalonia
  • Breathtaking views of this natural park and nearby towns are enjoyed from the mountain
  • Visit with a small group
  • Enjoy a delicious brunch paired with wines on the porch or beautiful courtyard inside the enclosure
Full description
Start your day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable luxury micro-bus to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). The rocks of Montserrat were formed by sand over the centuries, and the wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. Many people believe they have seen human or animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving them 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 enjoy an early visit to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat before it gets crowded. This sanctuary holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue 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 of pilgrims, one thousand years after it was  founded.

You will be given some free time to visit the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat, and taste typical liquors of Montserrat.  After the visit you'll be taken to the Montserrat hidden treasure, the ancient monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, located in a peaceful place on a terrace offering extraordinary views of the emblematic cliffs of Montserrat, the valleys and also the Pyrenees on clear days.
You will enjoy an audio-guided visit of the church that is one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. What's more, you can also see the paintings of contemporary Irish artist, Sean Scully, maintaining the contemplative and meditative atmosphere of the church.

After the visit you'll be ready for a delicious brunch paired with wines on the porch or beautiful courtyard inside the enclosure.  After the brunch you'll return to Barcelona.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned luxury microbus
  • English guide
  • 4 typical liquor tastings
  • Entrance to the audiovisual exhibition in Royal Basilica of Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat”
  • Entrance and audio-guided visit to Santa Cecilia Church
  • Brunch at Santa Cecilia Church (local products such cold meats, cheeses and dessert paired with one cup of white wine, one cup of red wine and one cup of cava, typical sparkling wine of Catalonia)
  • Radio guide system
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

JULIA TRAVEL Office – Carrer de Balmes, 5 (Barcelona)

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Important information
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, so come prepared and wear comfortable clothes and shoes
• Montserrat has 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, in groups of more than 5 people
Customer reviews
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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 72680