Welcome to Montserrat

Two decades later, this modern-day Pompeii is slowly recovering. The population is growing, and sand mining and geothermal energy provide new sources of income.

Tourists are returning too, a trickle to be sure, mostly for volcano-related day trips. Those who stay longer are drawn by the slow rhythm, the friendly locals, the fabulous hiking and birdwatching, and the blessedly tranquil ambience. The volcano is always a wild card, but by and large Montserrat is a safe place to visit.

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$76 Shore Excursions

Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour

Tour the island of Antigua and see some of its best sights while you’re in port. You’ll be picked up from your cruise ship port and driven across the island to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, where you’ll admire the beautiful English Harbour, internationally well-known as a yachting destination.You’ll also have time to stroll around and view the Admiral's Inn, Copper and Lumber Store, Sailmakers's Loft, Mystery Pillars, the art gallery and the fabulous yachts moored to the old quay side.Visit the Blockhouse Ruins overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Indian Creek and, on a clear day, the island of Montserrat. Afterwards take a short visit to Shirley Heights for a bird's-eye view over Nelson's Dockyard.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to St John's for your ship’s departure. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$76 Tours & Sightseeing

Round Island Tour

After pickup from your hotel, you'll travel to the other side of the island. Once here, there will be time to wander around and view the Admiral's Inn, Copper and Lumber Store, Sailmakers's Loft, Mystery Pillars and fabulous yachts moored to the old quay side.Visit the Blockhouse Ruins, overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Indian Creek, and on a clear day the island of Montserrat. Afterwards take a short visit to Shirley Heights for a bird's eye view over Nelson's Dockyard and Galleon Beach before heading back to your hotel.

$172.51 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cimetiere de Morne-A-l'Eau, Morne-A-l'Eau, Grande-Terre Island, GuadeloupeLocated in the heart of Grande-Terre island at the junction of roads leading to Le Moule, Les Abymes and Anse-Bertrand, the town of Morne-à-l'Eau has a cemetery that is exceptional to say the least. Its chequered black and white graves create the impression of a big chessboard. Arranged as an amphitheatre on the side of a small hill, it dazzles visitors with its impressive tombs, some adorned with slanting roofs and terraces... Its originality and uniqueness make it one of the most visited cemeteries of Guadeloupe! The oldest tomb appears to date from 1847, when only the rich could afford such graves.Every year on All Saints' Day, Morne-à-l'Eau Cemetery is particularly lively. At dusk, the graves are covered with thousands of lit candles, and it is not uncommon for sellers of bokits (a type of local sandwich) and peanuts to set up their stands near the cemetery for the occasion. There's something of a party atmosphere, which can be quite a surprise for tourists!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Lagon de la Porte d'Enfer, Anse-Bertrand, Grande-Terre Island, GuadeloupeContrary to what its name implies, Hell's Door, located on the north coast of Grande-Terre island in the municipality of Anse-Bertrand, marks the entrance to a truly heavenly place nestling in an exceptional natural setting: a turquoise lagoon, calm and peaceful, protected by tall cliffs and enclosed by coral reefs. A peaceful haven, especially for little ones, who can enjoy the water without a care here… Coconut trees provide shade on its highly prized sandy beach, and the banks of the lagoon have picnic tables. Ideal for a relaxing break or a spot of lunch! Walking along the footpaths, you can enjoy a great hike dotted with impressive sights, such as the Madame Coco Hole, a cave dug into the cliff, or the Souffleur Hole, a maritime geyser.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Pointe de la Grande Vigie, Anse-Bertrand, Grande-Terre Island, GuadeloupeLocated at the north end of Grande-Terre island, around six kilometres from Anse-Bertrand, this wild site reminiscent of Brittany offers nature-lovers some magnificent viewpoints over the high limestone cliffs of Grande-Terre, and in fine weather the islands of La Désirade, Antigua and Montserrat! On a footpath around the headland you can explore this impressive natural heritage. The vegetation, exposed to the wind and sea spray, is arid and surprisingly similar to that of the Mediterranean.On your way, be sure to stop by the various belvederes - the one overlooking Hell's Door (Porte d'Enfer) is particularly remarkable…Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Les Marches des Esclaves, Petit-Canal, Grande-Terre Island, GuadeloupeAn important historical site of Guadeloupe, the town of Petit-Canal, located on the west coast of Grande-Terre between Port Louis and Morne-à-l'Eau, has several memorials related to Guadeloupe's painful slave-trading past. Once an important centre of sugar cultivation, this quiet town, which owes its name to a small canal dug in the 18th century for anchoring boats, is now geared towards tourism, offering amongst other things tours of the mangrove swamp and Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin lagoon.There are a number of heritage sites to be discovered in Petit-Canal, starting with the Slave Markets, below the Church of St Philip and St James. Legend has it that this monumental flight of steps was used by slaves who had just disembarked from the ships. In reality, it was built after the abolition of slavery in 1848 to facilitate the transport of goods to the heights of the town. These markets now have plaques commemorating the names of the tribes who were deported and landed there. Approaching the steps, the eternal flame monument to the unknown slave also reminds visitors of the sad past of the island. Alongside it, a bust of Louis Delgrès honours the historical figure known for his anti-slavery proclamation of 1802.Not far from there is a pleasant landscaped park that's ideal for a walk, with no fewer than 500 local plant species! A peaceful haven where you can admire a garden of medicinal plants, a dry forest, a Creole garden and a garden of the Indies, before continuing your tour of Petit-Canal with a trip to the Museum of Yesteryear (Musée de la Vie d'Antan), about daily life in Guadeloupe from Amerindian times to the 60s.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Memorial Acte, Pointe-a-Pitre, Grande-Terre Island, GuadeloupeAt Pointe-à-Pitre harbour in Guadeloupe, the Memorial ACTe or "Caribbean Centre of Expressions and Memory of the Slave trade and Slavery" is a unique place of remembrance. It opened in 2015 with two aims: to document the reality of the victims' suffering while using the act of commemoration to work towards a better society.On a 7,800 m² site erected where a sugar factory once stood, there are several suggested tours of varying length, depending on how much time you have to spare. For example, in two hours, alone or with your family, you can access the permanent exhibition, take a walk along the coast and visit the Memory Hill (Morne Mémoire), the Memorial garden with ocean views, by crossing the 275 metre-long footbridge between the panoramic garden and the main building. Once you reach the Memory Hill, take a look at the orientation table showing the orientation points of the slave trade and the slavery sites.The permanent exhibition at the Memorial ACTe will take you on a journey through six historic periods called "archipelagos": The Americas, Towards slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, The slavery period, Abolition, Post-abolition and segregation, and Today.One unusual feature is a genealogy research workshop for visitors to trace their ancestors based on their family name, with over 6,000 Guadeloupe family trees.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Carbet Falls (Les Chutes du Carbet), Parc National, Basse-Terre Island, GuadeloupeLeisure activities in the GuadeloupeCompare reviews, photos and rates with an interactive map. Promotions and weekend offers.Book my holidaysDescribed by Christopher Columbus, who would have glimpsed them upon disembarking at Capesterre-Belle-Eau in 1493, as "a very large spring spreading water on all sides of the mountain", the Carbet falls still astound visitors by their beauty and the majesty of the scenery around them. Among the most impressive waterfalls of the Lesser Antilles, these three falls located at the heart of the rainforest in Guadeloupe National Park offer nature-lovers a truly splendid spectacle!With two levels, the first fall is 115 metres high and is about 1h30 on foot from the reception area. The third, 20 metres high, ends with a beautiful circular pool. Visitors are not allowed close to this fall due to frequent landslides that take place. The most famous and most accessible waterfall is the second Carbet fall, at a height of 110 metres, which can be reached in about twenty minutes' walk along a nice signposted trail through lush rainforest . For safety reasons, however, visitors cannot go all the way to the bottom of the waterfall. This magnificent waterfall can still be admired from a specially constructed belvedere located not far away.Easily accessible without any difficulties, apart from a few passages that can be a bit slippery, the Grand Étang discovery trail is perfect for a family outing in the countryside. Located on the edge of the falls road, this walking tour along the Grand Étang takes about 1h30 and is ideal for bird-watchingDuration: 1 hourStop At: Parc des Roches Gravees, Basse-Terre, Basse-Terre Island, GuadeloupeVacation rentals in the GuadeloupeContact the managers directly with no middleman to pay. Book your stay at an exceptionally low price!Open selectionFound in the municipality of Trois-Rivières, the Engraved Rocks Archaeological Park is remarkable for its twenty or so rocks, which bear more than 230 engravings. These date from the 4th century AD, and are marvellous evidence left by the first inhabitants of Guadeloupe, the Arawak Indians. Today listed as Historic Monuments, these schematic figures are best seen in the morning around 10-11 am, when the light falls on them and they are most clearly seen.When you visit the Engraved Rocks Archaeological Park, you will also find a magnificent garden of lush vegetation where you can admire plant species typical of the Caribbean, such as the calabash, manioc, castor oil plant, achiote, cocoa tree and vetiver.Duration: 1 hour

$485.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Experience Montserrat (5 hours)

Clients will be picked up from their hotel or cruise ship. Pick up and drop off from hotels in Barcelona city and port are included in price. The tour is made by a local english speaking driver-guide, that will be with you in Montserrat the first 30 minutes to show and explain all you need to know about this unique mountain. Our driver-guides come with you to explain and show where all activities are and after that you will enjoy the mountain by youself.In Montserrat you can visit all the following places:Audiovisual space: An interactive corridor where on different screens explains the history of Montserrat, the monastic life, and you will listen as well the boys choir singing a song at the end. Admission fee not included in price.Montserrat museum: A large collection of religious art and also a rich variety of pictures by international and local well-known artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Caravaggio, El Greco... Admission fee not included in price.Monastery: Discover the monastery of Montserrat founded in the year 1025 (romanesque style), but rebuilt in the 19th. century after the destruction during the French Revolution. Inside the monastery you can see the popular black madonna (our lady of Montserrat) a original 12th century sculpture made in wood and you can enjoy the concert of the boys choir at 13.00h from monday to friday and at 12.00h on sundays. Saturday is no concert, also during holiday periods the choir is not singing. Open all day except when is mass service. Free entrance.Mountain and nature: Montserrat is unique for its rock formations, so you have the opportunity to go up the hill (1000 m. above sea level) from the monastery level with a funicular (mountain train) and enjoy the great panoramics from up there, the different shapes of the rocks and the landscape; in a clear day is possible to see the sea and the snowy Pyrenees (in winter). Admission fee not included in price.The tour includes the drive with car or minivan from Barcelona to Montserrat monastery (aprox. 50 minutes) 3 hours of visit and the drive back. The monastery and the concert are free entrence, all other admission fees are not included (Audiovisual, museum and funicular)

$285.43 Cultural & Theme Tours

Experience Montserrat (5 hours)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Montana de Montserrat, Monistrol de Montserrat, Bages, CataloniaMontserrat mountain is unique for it's rock formations that you can enjoy during the drive going up to the monastery. Is full of rock formations that makes Montserrat a unique mountain in our region.Stop At: Museu de Montserrat, Monistrol de Montserrat, Bages, CataloniaOptional visit to the museum of Montserrat. Discover religious art, and a variety of different pictures from well known artist such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Monet, Casas... etc.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Funicular Aeri de MontserratMontserrat has transportation, by road, and 2 more ways to go up to the Monastery, a cable car and a train. From the Moanstery level you can take the funicular, a small mountain train to go up untill aproximately 1000m. above sea level from where you can see spectacular panoramic views and take a short walk throught the paths.Round trip fee is 13.50€/adult (year 2019)Duration: 1 hour

$205.51 Outdoor Activities

Via Ferrata in the magical Montserrat Mountain

We will meet at El Bruc, a village on the south face of Montserrat, from there we will drive to the Vinya Nova restaurant where we will park. We will hike to the beginning of the Via Ferrata on a well traveled trail. Before starting the Via Ferrata you will receive some brief instructions on how to progress on the Via Ferrata and how to use the safety gear. We will climb the Via Ferrata, stopping now and then to take some picture, the pace of the climbing will be adapted to the costumers skills and fitness level. From the top you will have nice view of Montserrat's hillside. Then we will hike down to the parking lot. Once at the restaurant Vianya Nova you will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent food they serve there. • Approach duration: 25 minutes. • Via Ferrata duration: 2,5 hours. • Return duration: 45 minutes.