Are you into wine? Have you heard of the Montserrat monastery and don’ want to miss it? Did you know you can do both the Wine Country and Montserrat in the same day?
The Monastery of Montserrat is an old favorite: an impressive church perched on top of a rocky mountain. And it is located not too far from the Penedès area: the wine country where cava, the local sparkling, is produced and one of the best wine regions near Barcelona. However, doing both on your own on the same day would be too tricky as there isn’t public transportation connecting both directly (it involves train connections).
But we thought mixing them in the same day sounded like a great plan, and that’s why we created this tour that takes you first to Montserrat and then to a winery. Leave all the logistics and planning in our hands, and get ready for a fun day out!
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace, your main interests, winery availability, day of the week…)
Your private tour guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel or apartment and drive you first to Montserrat, on a road that follows the Llobregat river, past factories and farmland. Once at the foot of Montserrat, you’ll stop for a picture of the Monastery from the bottom before taking the winding road that takes you there.
* Cable car and cog wheel train not available for this itinerary.
Upon arrival to Montserrat your guide will take you to the Basilica, where a path through the side chapels and a 50 steps stair take you to the Shrine where the Black Madonna is worshiped. There you’ll be able to follow the tradition: touch her and make a wish. The view from there over the inside of the Basilica is quite stunning.
This must be completed before 10.30AM, when they close the doors until mass is over. When they reopen later, the lines are extremely long and guides are not allowed to skip them.
The Monastery area offers lots of activities to choose from. Here are some ideas:
You’ll discuss the options with your guide, and spend your time focusing on your favorite activities. Your guide will stay with your during the entire time.
THIS ITINERARY IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE ESCOLANIA CHOIR.
Back to the car you’ll start your descent from the Monastery through the road that crosses over the other side of the mountain. On the way you’ll pass scenic views over Catalonia and curious rock formations. Once on the highway, the landscape will soon start turning into vineyards as you enter the Penedès County.
Visit a wine cellar specializing in cava, the local sparkling. We usually chose small family-owned cellars with something that makes them special: either because they make organic or biodinamic wines, or they have won international awards, or because the charm of their cellars and their long family history involved in wine making. The visit of the cellar will end with some wine tasting.
After visiting the cellar, you’ll drive accross the vineyards to a local restaurant for lunch.
After the cellar you’ll be taken to a local restaurant for lunch, where you’ll be able to taste the local specialties.
After lunch you’ll join the driver to go back to Barcelona. Use the ride to continue discussing with your guide anything you might be interested in, get recommendations for the rest of your stay or… take a nap to digest all the food and wine!
You’ll be dropped back to your hotel or apartment, or any other location within the city limits of your choice.
This Montserrat and Wine tour is great for those that want to see Montserrat as one of the top local destinations out of town, but also visit the wine country.
If you are traveling with kids, some wineries have grape juice for them during the wine tasting, but unless in your family you are a lot into wine and the kids are used to hearing about it all the time, you might want to skip the winery and go have lunch by the sea in Sitges after Montserrat instead.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, the driver is only used for the rides, but not in Montserrat or the winery. The Monastery area and the basilica are wheelchair accessible and whenever there are steps they can be avoided. The Audiovisual and Exhibit, the Art Museum, the cafeteria, and the gift shops are accessible too. As for the winery, most of them have steep steps to get to the cellar but we know a couple that are accessible: please let us know in advance so we can book with them for your convenience.
If you are traveling in the winter, please note that the weather up in the mountain is likely to be wet, cold and foggy. November through February we recommend warmer destinations that can be combined with the Wine Country such as Tarragona or Sitges.
THIS TOUR IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH HEARING THE ESCOLANIA CHOIR IN MONTSERRAT.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
IN MONTSERRAT (OPTIONAL):
PAID AT THE CELLARS:€8 to €15/person, depending on the cellar and tasting.
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
Tour availability and timing depends on the cellars availability. This tour can't be organized last-minute.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|ESCOLANIA CHOIR||Not singing on Saturdays or during their school holidays.|
|WEEKENDS||During the weekends the cellars only offer tours in Catalan or Spanish, as that's when the local public can go. Your guide will be translating for you in a low voice, in order not to disturb the rest of the visitors. Groups might also be larger than during the week, too, for the same reason.|
Tour starting time:
|8.30AM||This tour starting time is not flexible.|
My wife & I and another couple hired ForeverBarcelona Tour Company for a four day experience in Barcelona and some side trips. We did the 8 hour tour of Montserrat and a wine tour with Miriam. Oriol was our driver. They did not fail to impress us with their knowledge and love of Catalonia. The itinerary that Pilar & Marta put together for us included al the necessary sights and Cava tastings we would never have been able to experience on our own. Our driver Oriol was incredibly skilled at driving in the city traffic and Catalonia side roads, and dropping us as close as possible to the sights. We can't imagine our visit to Barcelona being that great had we been on our own.