Daily at 3 pm.
4 hours approx.
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  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour
  • The Montserrat Tour

The Montserrat Tour

Overview

Overview

This tour is the easiest way to visit Montserrat! Spectacular mountain and views, ancient monastery, holy shrine – an incomparable place not to be missed.

Start with a picturesque drive up the mountain. Perched half way up you will see the nearly 1000 year old monastery. There is a short walk to get there, best moment to enjoy the magnificent views and have a taste of artisan cheese and honey that you will find in the stalls along the way.

You will have about 2 hours in the Sanctuary of Montserrat, combining an orientation tour with some free time to see the black Madonna and the basilica, the museum, restaurants and shops.

Tour Details

  • When: Daily at 3 pm, except Sunday
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Language: English
  • Price: includes visit guided and transport.
  • Transport: Comfortable roomy air-conditioned private bus.
  • Itinerary: Barcelona > Parc Natural de Montserrat > Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of the Virgin) > Free time > return to Barcelona.

Why do our customers book this tour?

  • The tour is only in English making it easier for you to follow the whole story.
  • If you don’t have a whole day to visit Montserrat this is your tour: you can visit Barcelona in the morning and see Montserrat in the afternoon
  • Afternoon is also best because there are less people in Montserrat than in the morning

What's included

  • Picturesque drive up to Montserrat (about an hour from Barcelona)
  • Roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows
  • About an hour free time to roam on your own

What's not included

  • Funicular, track railway or cable car.
  • The Boys’ Choir.
  • Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 €.

Please note

  • This tour involves some walking so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Dress a bit warmer for Montserrat, it is colder than the city.
  • Silence must be kept inside the church so the guide will give all the explanations outside.
  • This is not a wheelchair accessible tour.
What will I see?

What will I see?

The Mountain

Montserrat is a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views. No wonder the whole mountain is also a Natural Park

The Monastery & Black Madonna

The 1000 year old Benedictine monastery is perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. There is a basilica with the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat known as La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, and a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys’ school devoted to the study of music.

The Sanctuary of Montserrat

Surrounding the Monastery there are plenty of things to do, here are some top suggestions:

  • Best place for pictures, with some outstanding views of both Montserrat and the surrounding plains
  • Market stalls selling local goods like honey and Mató (fresh cheese)
  • The Museum of Montserrat has an extensive collection with paintings by Dalí, Picasso, El Greco and even treasures from ancient Egypt!
  • Restaurants and shops for anyone looking for souvenirs
  • Funicular railway to Sant Joan chapel
What to expect

What to expect

You will start with a picturesque drive up the mountain. Perched half way up you will see the nearly 1000 year old monastery. There is a short walk to get there, best moment to enjoy the magnificent views and have a taste of artisan cheese and honey that you will find in the stalls along the way.

You will have about 2 hours in the Sanctuary of Montserrat, combining an orientation tour with some free time to see the black Madonna and the basilica, the museum, restaurants and shops.

Why 3 pm? 

The tour is in the afternoon, as there are less people than in the morning and it will also give you some

Itinerary

  • Departure point in Plaça Catalunya, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza
  • Picturesque drive to Montserrat
  • Parc Natural de Montserrat
  • Sanctuary: Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of the Virgin
  • Around one hour free time
  • Return to Barcelona in Plaça Catalunya

Will I have free time?

Yes. There is one hour drive to Montserrat, plenty of time to discover all about the mountain. You will get an orientation tour on arrival and then you will have some free time to wonder around.

Guide

Discover Barcelona by the hand of a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Driver

Enjoy the peace of mind of being driven by a professional driver, who will take care of your safety and will adapt the pace of the tour so you have time to look out and take pictures.

Coach

Discover the city from a roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows – great for pictures!

  • This is a new bus. It is comfortable and also has a low emissions engine. This means we help reduce the air pollution in Barcelona and reduce the CO2 climate change emissions.

How large is the group?

The size of the coach, up to 45 persons

Additional information

  • Secure and easy booking
  • Instant confirmation
  • All departures are guaranteed

You don’t need to print your voucher.

Departure point

Departure point

The tour will start from plaça Catalunya, in front of Deutsche Bank and Hotel Olivia Plaza. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Look for the orange umbrellas!

Reviews

Reviews

Check our reviews and see what our customers say about this tour.

Posted by frequenttraveler806 - 01 Jan 2017

“Very nice way to spend the afternoon” 5/5 stars

I booked the tour for me and my two daughters the night before. Meeting time and directions to the meeting point were clear and included in the confirmation email, which I received within a couple of hours.

The tour was very nice. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I've never done a tour company tour – I usually hire a private guide, but the trip was planned with short notice and I visited during the holiday.

Montserrat is beautiful. The bus was very comfortable and clean, and the drive up and down was lovely. I'd return for the tour and I'm curious about the full day with wine tasting tour. Next time I'm here, I'll have to do that for sure.

Would definitely recommend this tour for anyone interested in getting away from the city sights for a bit.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by frequenttraveler from Chicago, USA

Posted by ambormes - 30 Jul 2016

"Montserrat tour" 4/5 stars

This was a really enjoyable day – the bus driver did a great job & we felt safe on the harrowing curves up and down the mountain. Our guide was very conversational and gave quite a bit of information – but the tour stopped at the basilica- I know that they are giving tours to those who are interested in more or less information about the church itself – but perhaps there could be an optional part of the tour when they go more in depth with the religious aspects.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by ambormes from Minnesota, USA

Posted by Julia Q - 11 Jun 2016

“Montserrat Afternoon Trip” 4/5 stars

We booked a Montserrat tour through BGB Tours during our Barcelona visit. The agency was recommended by our hotel. The guided tour cost 50 euro per adult and 30 euro per child.
The 1-hour drive from Placa Catalunya was pleasant, the guide was informative and explained a lot of sites that we passed on the way there. The mountain drive up to the monastery was surreal.
Once at the monastery, the views were breathtaking and the monastery itself was awe-inspiring. Monks still reside in apartments on the grounds.
Our guide spent about 40 minutes with us explaining the history. We then had 1.5 hours to walk around independently. Given the time allotment, we had to choose between taking the funicular all the way up the mountain (12 euros) or touching the Virgin Mary statue inside the monastery. We chose to wait in a 45-minute line to go inside and touch Virgin Mary. It was well worth it and we are secular! The monastery is grand, intricate and really took our breath away. There was a monk playing an organ inside.
On the descent, our guide explained more of the history and background of what we were seeing. She did a great job.
Montserrat has been the best part of our Barcelona trip and I'm so glad we went with this tour agency instead of repeating our terrible tour experience with Julia Travel.

Reviewed on tripadvisor, by Julia from San Francisco, USA

Posted by RaeMD_23 - 08 Jun 2016

"Very Professional!" 5/5 stars

In our recent Europe tour, Barcelona was first on our list. Having only 2 days to spend before going to Prague, we headed to the Tourist Information desk at Las Ramblas and inquired about coach tours to the Montserrat Monastery. We were booked with the Barcelona Guide Bureau (BGB) and I am thankful that we asked! (We were supposed to take the train and go by ourselves.)

The group assembled near the Hard Rock Cafe at Placa de Catalunya and was very punctual. The motor coach was clean, the guide was pleasant and very good in English. We did not notice the hour-long trip each way as she kept us entertained.

The tour started at 3 PM, and we were back at the Placa de Catalunya by 7 PM as promised.

I highly recommend this company!

Reviewed on tripadvisor by RaeMD_23

Posted by fredngreta - 03 Jun 2016

“Guide Wendie Joy Planting -Wonderful!” 5/5 stars

Wendie accompanied us to Montserrat for a half day tour and was excellent as a guide! We were treated to an incredible tour – do NOT miss Montserrat! Wendie was most personable and informative and made sure everyone was comfortable and had all their questions answered. She left us feeling like good friends. She speaks perfect English along with her native Dutch and Spanish – and probably some others, too. Be sure to ask for her when you visit Barcelona!

Reviewed on tripadvisor by fredngreta from California, USA

Posted by oldmayor - 26 Apr 2016

"Montserrat Tour" 5/5 stars
We took the four hour afternoon tour to Montserrat and it was fabulous, a great way to see the area around Barcelona, as well as the Montserrat rock formations and the monastery. Our guide, Philip, was wonderful, treating us to examples of Catalan music on the way back, as well as very informative commentary throughout. Squeeze this into your itinerary!
Reviewed by oldmayor, from Portland, Maine, USA, on triapdvisor

Posted by Gail F - 18 Sep 2015

"Montserrat Excursion" 5/5 stars
It is definitely worth the time to take a tour to Montserrat. Our guide, Oliver, was fantastic and so knowledgeable. The only thing I would have liked was a little more time to explore but it was worth the trip to see the monastery and be on the mountain.
Visited September 2015
Reviewed by Gail F on tripadvisor

Posted by clavm - 13 Aug 2015

“Montserrat – worth it even in a downpour” 4/5 stars
This is pretty much what you'd expect in visiting a monastery – dramatic, pristine, well cared for. An easy trip from Barcelona – better on a guided tour.
Visited August 2015
Reviewed by clavm from Minnesota, USA, on tripadvisor

Posted by Zoltan B - 16 Jul 2015

“Half-day trip to Montserrat” 5/5 stars
Montserrat mountain and the Abbey is a unique, must to see attraction.
This trip was an easy and convenient way to get there from Barcelona's city center. The guidance was informative and interesting.
Visited March 2015
Reviewed by Zoltan B from Finland on tripadvisor

Posted by Terri M - 25 May 2015

"Montserrat tour” 5/5 stars

Great tour with a good guide and plenty of time to explore the monastery. Highly recommend. The tour was easy to book, and the meeting place was very convenient.

Visited May 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Terri from Los Angeles, USA

Posted by Salem_NJDon - 19 May 2015

“Easy way to see Montserrat” 4/5 stars

Nice 4 hour round trip from Barcelona in the afternoon. Guide, driver and bus were top notch. We were given more than enough info from beginning to end.

Visited May 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Salem from Salem, New Jersey, USA

Posted by Nithya K - 27 Mar 2015

“Montserrat tour” 5/5 stars

It was a fantastic tour! The tour guide was amazing, and had plenty of information to share. Spent enough time at Montserrat to absorb the beauty of the mountains. Don't forget to take the long walk to the peak of the mountain! It's worth the walk, and the view is simply magnificent!

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Nithya from London, UK

Posted by TonySeattleWA - 17 Dec 2014

“Montserrat Tour” 5/5 stars

We were planning to take the train up by ourselves, but slept in and woke up at 12:30pm.
Our hotel had a brochure on this tour, so we booked through the hotel, as it started at 3PM.
It was a Friday afternoon, were not many folks on the tour, had a great guide.
By the time we got up to Montserrat, it was pretty empty, no one there, so we had the place to ourselves.
Well worth the visit, and the late tour arrives when most folks are leaving or gone.
Would highly recommend this tour company, and this tour.

Visited December 2014
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Tony from Washington, USA

Posted by Tom M - 20 Nov 2014

“Montserrat Tour – One of the Best Ever” 5/5 stars

Nuria Bargallo was our guide and she was one of the most outstanding we have ever had on tour anywhere. Not only did she educate us about Monserrat, but also the Catalan Culture, Spanish politics, and daily life. She was always entertaining and responsive and pleasant. She went out of her way to help us take the funicular to the peak at Monserrat. This is our first tour in Barcelona and a great introduction to the city. Try to tour with Nuria and you will have an unforgettable experience.

Visited November 2014
Reviewed by Tom from Virginia, USA

Posted by Jeffrey H - 13 Aug 2014

“Montserrat Tour” 5/5 stars

Our family of 7 (including one in a wheelchair) took the Montserrat tour from Placa de Catalunya in early August 2014. We had a wonderful time and found the tour guide excellent. Our bus driver was excellent, highly skilled navigating the difficult climb up and down to and from Montserrat. A great bargain and excellent trip!

Visited August 2014
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Jeffrey H from Liberty, USA

Posted by stephcooke38 - 28 Jun 2014

“Fantastic Afternoon Montserrat Tour” 5/5 stars

We booked the Montserrat half day Tour @ the Turisme de Barcelona situated in Placa de Catalunya. The cost was 47 Euro's each & the meet up point was across the square outside the Deushe Bank @ 3pm.
Tour left promptly and the guide Oliver was extremely friendly & knowledgeable about Barcelona & Montserrat. His passion for Montserrat came across & he made the hour long journey up the Mountain very pleasureable. He spoke about the History of the region & gave us relevant stories.
The journey was breathtaking but if you suffer from Vertigo it is not for you! We got the opportunity to see the Black Madonna in the monestry and actually got to go up & touch her.
Due to the limited time we did not get a chance to take the tram ride but we did go into the Museum. Great photo opportunities & next time I will definitely do the full day tour a definate must see in Barcelona.

Visited June 2014
Reviewed on tripadvisor by stephcooke from London, UK

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