Experience the spectacular mountain scenery of Montserrat on a half-day tour from Barcelona. Travel through charming villages and alongside Catalonia’s second longest river, learning about the history of the area and 4,051-foot-tall (1,234-meter) Montserrat mountain from your guide. On arrival, you'll explore the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, meander along its winding stairs and paths, and peek inside caves and chapels.
Meet your guide, who will be holding an orange umbrella, outside of the tourist office in Placa Catalunya. Here, you'll board an air-conditioned coach for the 1-hour drive to Montserrat.Travel through villages traversed by the Llobregat River (Catalonia’s second longest) before arriving at Montserrat, a mountain famed for jutting peaks that soar to heights of 4,051 feet (1,234 meters). On arrival in Montserrat, you’ll embark on a guided tour of its monastery, basilica and museum. Then, you'll have two hours of free time to explore Montserrat independently.Opt to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat — known for its 12th century carving of the Lady of Montserrat (the Black Virgin). Explore the mountain’s pathways, stairs, caves and hermitages and see Montserrat’s 1000-year-old monastery. Montserrat's museum is also home to a library of nearly 300,000 volumes and a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí, among others.Afterward, meet back up with your guide and group for the journey back to Barcelona. Your driver will take an alternative route so that you can enjoy additional scenery and entertain you with recordings of traditional Catalan music.