MOUNTAIN AND ROYAL BASILICA MONTSERRAT DAY TRIP
Our best-seller day trip out of town!
Do you have a half day to go out of town? Do you like mountain views? What about music and old monasteries?
Montserrat is the best-selling half day trip out of town, because it can be covered in merely 5 or 6 hours and be back in town for a late lunch on your own and still have the afternoon to rest, go shopping or continue exploring Barcelona.
A historical monastery perched on top of a spectacular rocky mountain, where still nowadays lives a community of benedictine monks and a renowned boys choir – one of the oldest in Europe.
Visiting Montserrat from Barcelona on your own is doable: you can take the train, but it takes long and you’ll need a whole day. And many tour operators sell step-in tours that will take you there, give you some basic information and then give you free time until it’s time to go back (we know: that’s how a few of our guides started their career in Barcelona years ago… to eventually decide they preferred offering more personable services).
With our Montserrat Day Trip from Barcelona, you won’t just be taken to Montserrat in a comfortable Mercedes car or minivan, but your guide will stay with you rather than give you free time and give you the opportunity to choose what you’ll be doing once there: a custom tour!
100% Private Tour
Half Day Tour
Full Day Option
Out of Town
Art Museum - OPTIONAL
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS TOUR
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR of montserrat from barcelona:
(Drive, optionally hike)
(2 Extra Hours)
HALF DAY: 5 or 6 hours
FULL DAY: 8 hours
MORNING STARTS: 8.30AM for the 6 and 8-hour tours, 9.30AM for the 5-hour tour.
AFTERNOON TOURS: We don’t recommend afternoon tours because the monastery is in the shade and the temperature drops. In any case, 3.30PM will allow you to be there for the evening Choir (except Fridays and Saturdays).
AVAILABLE: Every day.
ESCOLANIA CHOIR: Not singing on Friday evening, Saturdays or during school holidays.
- So far there’s no dress code required for the Montserrat Monastery, however we recommend dressing modestly to enter the Basilica.
- In the winter, Montserrat tends to be colder than Barcelona. Wear comfortable walking shoes if you are planning to hike.
INCLUSIONS, EXCLUSIONS & PRICING
CAN WE TAKE THE TRAIN?
There is a train that departs from Plaça Espanya, however we don't recommend it for private tours because it takes almost twice as long as using a driver and a full day would be needed (so you'd be eventually paying as much as a 5-hour chauffeured tour). Plus not being able to drive to some local restaurant, lunch would be reduced to the meh food of the cafeteria.
In the other hand, you'd have to stick to very strict timings as missing a train would mean having to pay for extra hours... And we don't want that to happen to you! Specially if you asked to take the train due to a limited budget.
If you really want to take the train in Barcelona, we encourage you to go on your own and spend as much time in Montserrat as you wish. In such case, we recommend to get this Montserrat Pass.
TAILOR THIS TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
This tour is our best-selling half day tour out of town (our full day best-seller is Girona and the Dali Museum), because it can be done in just 5 or 6 hours and its a short 45 minutes to 1 hour ride from Barcelona. Anyone wanting to see the top sites in and around Barcelona should consider this day trip, specially if you love mountain views or are into music. Or if you are a Christian, of course.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is totally kid-friendly. And if you’d like a longer tour, they’ll also love to stay for lunch at a Montserrat farmhouse restaurant or to have lunch by the beach in Sitges. These full day options can be booked here.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, while the driver is only used for the rides between Montserrat and Barcelona, but not in Montserrat itself, 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 cog wheel train stations, the cafeteria, and the gift shops are accessible too. The funiculars, the cablecar and the various hike options are NOT wheelchair accessible.
If you are on a cruiseship and you have already seen Barcelona, this half day tour is appropriate as a shore excursion as long as your ship doesn’t sail until 4PM or later (considering they’ll require you to be back on board no later than 1 hour before departure). Pier pick-up and drop-off are included.
If you are a Catholic, you don’t want to miss the place where the Montserrat Madonna, Patron Saint of Catalonia is worshiped. Saint Ignatius of Loyola also stopped here during his trip to Holy Land.
If you aren’t a Christian, you will still enjoy this day tour if you like mountains, music and history.
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 such as Tarragona or Sitges, or indoor destinations like a winery or the Dali Museum instead.
If you’d like a longer day and visiting a second site, check out our other Tours to Montserrat.
If you only have one day to visit Montserrat AND Barcelona, here is our Barcelona & Montserrat tour.
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