Start this 9-hour small-group tour from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the town of Cardona. Visit the modern fortress and parts of the old Castle of Cardona while the guide fully explains the history of this town. Don't miss the chance of enjoying brunch composed by local food, one cup of wine and cava will be served. After this magical experience, drive to Montserrat Mountain, go up to Montserrat with the Cog and visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. You will be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat as well as taste typical liquors of Montserrat.
Start your visit at the Cardona Salt Mountain. This dome-shaped geological landmark occupies a depression in the terrain with an elongated ellipse shape that's 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) long by 1,900 feet (600 meters) wide, and encompasses an area of 240 acres (100 hectares). This natural sight's unique features have led it to be designated by the Catalonian government in its "Plan for Spaces of Natural Interest."You will then continue to Cardona Castle. Visit the Castle's modern fortress before exploring parts of the old Castle of Cardona, built in 886 by Wilfredo “el Velloso” (the Downi). The old castle was designed in the romanesque and gothic style and includes the so-called "Golden Room" and the "Sala dels Entresols." You'll also get to check out the castle's main highlight, the 50-foot (15-meter) tall Tower of the Minyona from the 11th century, as well as the romanesque church of San Vicente de Cardona. After your visit to the castle enjoy a brunch composed of local cuisine accompanied by one cup of wine and cava.After you finish the brunch, drive to Montserrat Mountain. As you approach, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain, one of nature’s special creations. Take note of the mountain's unique geology, which formed due to the wind and rain that shaped it over thousands of years. Many a visitor's imagination has pictured human or animal shapes among the area's peaks, creating names and 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 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. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.