Montserrat Cogwheel Train

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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex.  Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. Start in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Admire the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular rocky, multi-peaked range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Visit the still-functioning monastery that houses over 70 monks and was founded in the 11th century.  Learn about the monastery’s history and ventures dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway and observe the area’s natural beauty. Follow an easy hiking trail with a specialized guide along the Montserrat Natural Park. Relax after the hike and taste the traditional Catalan dessert, Mel i Mato, which is made up of cheese drizzled with honey from local farmers. Enjoy a sweet end to your Montserrat tour.

Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

3. Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train. Admire the beauty of the monastery's architecture and hear stories about its famed Black Madonna statue. Board a bus from Barcelona and set off on a ride to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Discover its rocky geography, beautiful scenery, local liquors, and cultural wealth with a guide. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the monastery. 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. Visit the Church and see the Black Madonna. Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

Trans Montserrat: Return Ticket and Audiovisual Exhibit

4. Trans Montserrat: Return Ticket and Audiovisual Exhibit

Take advantage of the combined ticket to Tot Montserrat and get a range of exclusivities from return travel to unlimited use of the funinculars. Montserrat is an area of breathtaking natural beauty just outside of Barcelona. With a unique natural park and the site of the Holy Shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, a visit to Montserrat should not be missed. The Trans Montserrat ticket includes travel on the Barcelona metro, return train ticket to Monistrol de Montserrat and back from Playa Espanya, the rack railway or the cable car of Montserrat, and unlimited use of Santa Cova funiculars. At Santa Cova you can see the very location where the Virgin of Montserrat is said to have appeared. Other perks of this ticket include free admission into the Audiovisual Gallery which takes you on a tour of the interior of the Benedictine monastery.

From Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones and Montserrat Tour

5. From Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones and Montserrat Tour

Discover the Old Town of Girona and learn about some of the myths and legends related to the city. See some of the locations where the HBO hit series Game of Thrones filmed many scenes of its sixth season. Admire the exterior of the magnificent Cathedral and walk along a part of the medieval city walls. Originally built in the 14th century, the old walls were destroyed to expand the city in the 19th century. Take advantage of the free time after the guided tour and visit the interior of the Cathedral on your own, or grab a quick bite to eat. The second part of the tour takes you to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). You have the opportunity to take in breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s unique creations. Take a ride up Montserrat on the cogwheel train, which drops you off at the Monastery. During the 15-minute ride you’ll have spectacular views of the mountain from the panoramic windows of the train. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat that houses the 12th-century romanesque carving of the Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You’ll have some free time to take in the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and to taste typical liqueurs of Montserrat, made by local monks. Both of these activities are included in the tour price.

Montserrat: Private Half-Day Tour from Barcelona

6. Montserrat: Private Half-Day Tour from Barcelona

2,380 feet above sea level, the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat enjoys a stunning location, surrounded by an unforgettable natural landscape. The monastery has served as a center for spiritual retreat for almost one thousand years. Visit the basilica where the Virgin Santa Maria of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia, is located. The Romanesque statue of “the Black Madonna” originates from the XII century and is today surrounded by a golden altar. According to legend, the Virgin personally appeared at this site, giving rise to the hermitage of Santa Maria. Next, take a walking tour of the monastery surroundings. Enjoy the unparalleled views offered by this region, which was declared as a Natural Park in 1987. A musical treat will conclude your mystical Montserrat visit, as you listen to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability).

From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Tour

7. From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Tour

Board a tour bus to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). Famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat was declared a 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. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction. After the guided tour, you will be given about 3 hours of free time.  Then, you can shop for locally produced treats, have lunch, listen to one of the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe (subject to their schedule), visit the audiovisual exhibition, the museum (optional), or taste the finest liquors made in the region.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Cogwheel Train

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,797 reviews

This tour was really a fantastic experience for both me and my husband. We really enjoyed how the entire day was planned out. Our guide Jennifer was absolutely wonderful! She provided our group with plenty of information so we really felt like we learned a lot about the area of Montserrat. The Monastery is quiet stunning, and the opportunity to touch the black Madonna was definitely a highlight. Just wish we had a little more free time to explore. The afternoon trip to the winery was truly a great end to the day. Lunch and wine tasting was enjoyable and the bus transportation was very comfortable. So glad we chose this tour. Highly recommend!

It was a wonderful well run tour. Our guide Jon really enhanced the day with his good communication and history and he ran a fun wine tasting!!! Monastery was amazing, lunch was delicious and the bus ride was comfortable. Great day!!!

Best trip ... our guide was nouri... such a wonderful lady with good knowledge..... I will 100% recommend this trip to every one who is planning to see Barcelona.

Was were good, Marcel our guid was GREAT, kind and profesional.Good work. Br Uroš

Well organised, informative and a really beautiful place