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Early Morning Montserrat Monastery Tour, from Barcelona

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic and comfortable drive from Barcelona and revel in the picturesque beauty of Montserrat
  • Visit a Benedictine sanctuary in the Montserrat Mountains
  • Admire the gothic and renaissance architecture of the most sacred Catholic shrine in Catalonia
  • See an impressive collection of art depicting the transformation of Virgin Mary over the years
  • Explore the monastery and the museum, admire stunning paintings and revel in a fascinating audiovisual presentation
  • Hear about the 1000-year fascinating history of the Abbey from your knowledgeable guide
  • Avoid the crowds with early morning access to the famous Abbey
  • Overview

    Go on an early morning visit to Montserrat Monastery. Considered the jewel in the crown of Catalonia, this monastery is a sacred Catholic shrine thronged by pilgrims from all over the world. Avoid the midday crowds and explore the beautiful monastery and its museum with a guide in tow.

    Learn all about the rich history of the Royal Basilica, enjoy an audiovisual representation about life within the monastery walls and admire old paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by artists such as Morales, El Greco, Berruguete, Caravaggio.

    Take in the beauty of Montserrat, study the gothic and renaissance architecture of the majestic building and enjoy an experience that is both refreshing and spiritual!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Tuesday to Sunday

    Duration

    Approx. 6 hours

    Start time

    6:45am

    Meeting Point

    Make your way to the front of Hard Rock Café, Plaça de Catalunya, 21, Barcelona 08002.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

    Itinerary

    Meet the tour at the scheduled time at the meeting point. You will be going on an early morning visit to the Montserrat Monastery, an hour’s drive from Barcelona. The magical mountain of Montserrat rising majestically 1,236 metres above the surrounding countryside, is the jewel in the crown of Catalonia. Thronged by tourists from all around the world, the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey with its impressive gothic and renaissance architecture reflects the rich culture of Catalonia.

    As you drive through the picturesque villages on the way to the Abbey, take in the stunning landscape around you. This unique area contains one the country's most important museums as well as the shrine of the patron saint of Catalonia.

    Enjoy an artistic insight into the architecture of the monastery. Study the archaeological styles influenced by Cyprus, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and admire the 13th- to 18th- century paintings by famous artists including Berruguete, Caravaggio, El Greco and Morales.

    Visit monastery’s atrium and attend an interesting permanent exhibition that reveals how imagery of the Virgin has transformed over the years. Explore the Royal Basilica, shrine to the Black Virgin of Montserrat, also known as la Moreneta, a 12th-century Romanesque carving.

    Your guide will reveal the rich history of the Benedictine Abbey. Learn about the life behind the monastery walls through an audiovisual representation. You may even be fortunate enough to enjoy a delightful performance by the boys’ choir which performs on certain days at midday.

    After the tour, you will be driven back to Barcelona.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guided Montserrat Monastery tour
    • Visit to the museum
    • Admission fees
    • Roundtrip transport to and from central Barcelona
    • Live tour commentary provided in English and Spanish

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Lunch
  • Please note

    Please wear clothing that conceals the shoulders, legs and arms when visiting religious sites.

    Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this ). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Early morning sked was great avoiding the rush..,tour was great

      ...

      Emily deleon, United States, 25/Nov/2017
    • Great service. .....

      Edmund Pinto, India, 25/May/2017
    • Worth every cent!
      No throngs of people on this tour!

      Adele Els, South Africa, 06/Jul/2019