One of the most impressive excursions from Barcelona, it’s hard not to be in awe at the views from this emblematic mountain range 48km (30 miles) west of the city. Montserrat, which means serrated mountain in Catalan, houses one of Catalonia’s most important Catholic sites and has played a decisive role in the cultural and spiritual life of the region. We’ll delve into why on this half day private tour in the company of a local expert. On our tour, we’ll visit Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey and the Basilica of Montserrat including the Black Madonna.
Private Montserrat Day Trip From Barcelona
Beginning our day in Barcelona, our expert guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. We will start learning about the fascinating history of the area on the journey to the base of the mountain. Upon arrival, we will take the funicular up the slope to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery. The site dates back to the 11th century and due to its religious and strategic importance, has often found itself a focal point of key events in Catalan and Spanish history including the Napoleonic wars and the Spanish Civil War.
Guided tour of Montserrat Monastery
Following in the footsteps of centuries of pilgrims, we will discover the impressive complex first hand, making sure to pay a visit to the Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin or black Madonna). La Morenata
is Catalonia's favorite saint whose sanctuary is nestled within the Basilica next to the Benedictine monastery. In addition to her religious significance, we’ll likely consider the ways in which Montserrat has proved a haven for Catalan language and culture over the centuries. If you are looking to dive deeper into the topic of Catalan identity, we also recommend our Catalan History Tour
Montserrat Basilica and Museum
The Basilica where the Virgin is located is also home to the prestigious Escolania boys’ choir, one of the oldest in Europe. Depending on the time of year it is possible to take in one of their daily performances as part of the religious services [Please be sure to let us know if this is of particular interest]. We may also visit the Museum of Montserrat, which houses a robust collection ranging from archeological artifacts to modern and contemporary painting (including works by Monet, El Greco and Caravaggio), and a multimedia exhibit detailing the site’s history.
By the end of our time together we will have gained a better understanding of Montserrat’s rich history and outstanding natural beauty. Your driver will be waiting to return you to Barcelona with your guide.
FAQ About the Montserrat Excursion from Barcelona
Where does the tour meet? Where does it end?
Your guide and driver will meet you at your accommodation in Barcelona. Your driver will be waiting to return you to Barcelona at the end of the tour.
Do we see the boys' choir sing on this tour?
It is possible to see the boys choir perform as part of the excursion, schedule permitting. Please let us know if this is a priority for you.
Please note, the Boys choir does not sing on Sundays or for much of July and August
Do we stop for lunch?
We do not include a break for a full lunch on the tour. There will usually be a pause mid-excursion for a short snack.
I have mobility difficulties. Can I take this tour?
This excursion is fairly walking-intensive, although we do have a private driver and can access the mountain via cable car. Please contact us if you have mobility concerns and we would be happy to advise on the appropriateness of the tour.
Will there be time explore Montserrat on my own?
We typically return to Barcelona at the end of the tour. If you wish to extend your time with the guide and/or driver, please contact us about customisation options.
Does the 5 hour duration include travel time?
Yes. This excursion is set up to include 3 hours on site and approximately 1 hour each way in transit.