Montserrat

5 hours | Barcelona | B C N - 2 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Complex
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of Barcelona's vibrant port, you will drive an hour and a half through glorious Catalonian countryside that is lush with vineyards and olive, almond and hazelnut orchards, on this fabulous special interest tour.

Accompanied by your guide you will climb the scenic winding mountain road past eroded rock outcroppings to discover Montserrat and its world-famous monastery, a religious retreat that has served thousands of people over the years. Perched some 2,300 feet above sea level, the town sits on a natural plateau and is a true escape from everyday life. From its highest point on a good day, you can see the island of Majorca on the horizon.

Montserrat was one of the great monastic complexes of the Middle Ages, drawing monks and philosophers from far and wide. The Benedictine Monastery Complex, the center of Montserrat Plaza, is over a thousand years old, dating back to a time when religious hermits occupied the mountain caves. The Abbey here also houses the world's oldest press and publishing house. Its first book was published in 1499 and the press is still running.

You will have an hour-and-a-half to explore this amazing set of buildings and location which is also home to the stunning Montserrat Basilica. A superb example of Roman architecture, the basilica is decorated with statues of Christ and the 12 Apostles. The breath-taking yet somber interior is renowned for its gilded wooden sculpture of Catalonia's patron saint La Moreneta, also known as the 'Black Madonna' of Montserrat. You may also choose to join the visitors paying homage to the silver altar dedicated to the Virgin.

As you wander through the Basilica you may choose to visit the museum here, which proudly boasts works of art by prominent painters and sculptors including El Greco, Dali, and Picasso.

After exploiting all the wonderful photo opportunities, you will have time to stroll the Plaza, browsing the local stalls with local food and souvenirs, or simply enjoy a cool refreshment or snack in one of the different cafes, before heading back to the bus for the pleasant journey home.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN BARCELONA.

The drive between Barcelona and Montserrat is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way.

Please note that timing might vary due to Basilica Montserrat hours.

There are scheduled times to visit "La Moreneta"- At certain times it is not allow to visit it.

Child Price:

12 years and under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart the ship to visit to Montserrat

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:30
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:30