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Cardona and Montserrat Full Day with Brunch: Medieval Castle, Salt Mines and Monastery

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Key Highlights

  • Experience the best of the Spanish countryside on a tour from Barcelona
  • Enjoy a sumptuous brunch of local cuisine with wine and cava
  • Explore the otherworldly mines at the Cardona Salt Mountain
  • Visit the medieval Castle of Cardona
  • Admire breathtaking views from the monastery that sits atop Montserrat Mountain
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat
  • Air-conditioned coach transfers from Barcelona included in the package
  • Overview

    Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the municipality of Cardona where is sited the old Salt mine. The Mountain of Sal of Cardona is a diaper that grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with elongated ellipse shape with an area of ??1,800 m long by 600 wide and an area of ??100 hectares, with natural characteristics that have it a fact deserving to be included in the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest of Catalonia.

    Salt outcrops are located within this depression, so it was formerly known as the Saline, and today it is known as Valle Salino.

    After the closure of the mines the tourist exploitation of the area began, creating the Cultural Park of the Mountain of Salt, a cultural equipment that was inaugurated in 2003 inside the enclosure of the Mine Nieves. In it you can see the history of the industrial exploitation of the Valley. You can also see the machinery of mineral extraction from the well, as it was when it was fully operational and you can visit the interior of the galleries of the Salt Mountain on a guided tour at 86 m depth.

    We will continue to Cardona Castle. In this visit we offer you the opportunity to visit the modern fortress and parts of the old Castle of Cardona, built in 886 by Wilfredo “el Velloso” (the Downi); Of Romanesque and Gothic styles, includes the so-called Golden Room and the Sala dels Entresols. Its jewel is the tower of the Minyona (from the XI century), with its 15 meters of height and more than 10 meters in diameter, and the Romanesque church of San Vicente de Cardona.

    During the fifteenth century, the dukes of Cardona were the most important family of the Crown of Aragon, only after the Royal Family. The members of this ducal house were known as "crownless kings," because they had extensive territorial dominions in Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia, and dynastic ties with the royal houses of Castile, Portugal, Sicily, and Naples. In 1714, after a siege that largely destroyed the walls of the castle, Cardona was the last stronghold to surrender to the Bourbon troops of Philip V during the War of Succession. His citadel could not be taken, later. By Napoleon's troops.

    After the visit to the castle you will go to a room where the Brunch composed by local food, one glass of wine and one of cava will be served.

    Later on we will drive to Montserrat Mountain.

    Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range formed of sedimentary rocks shaped by the wind and rain. The popular imagination has seen human and animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving those 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 go up to Montserrat with the Cog – Wheel Train, which leaves you in the middle of the Monastery. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The train has panoramic windows which make the actual journey an interesting attraction. The train is air-conditioned and completely wheelchair-friendly.

    You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna 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 the pilgrims need, one thousand years after it was originally founded.

    You will also be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Tuesday and Thursday

    Duration

    9.5 hours

    Start time

    9am
    Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before time of departure.

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Air-conditioned coach transfers from Barcelona
    • Bilingual guide available in English and Spanish
    • Entrance to the Cardona Castle
    • Brunch
    • Entrance to the Salt Mines
    • Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery
    • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”

    Exclusions

    • Hotel transfers
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    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 sandals.

    Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

    At Montserrat there is mountain climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.