Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
The two most popular sites near Barcelona are combined in this tour. Make the most of your time and visit the Penedes wine region on the way to Montserrat Sanctuary.
Discover the Cathedral of Cava. Codorníu has the largest underground cellars in the world; it stocks up to 100 million bottles which are housed in a Modernista building declared a historic artistic monument. The visit includes a tour around the cellar in a small electric train and a taste of cava (method champenoise wine).
- When: Tue, Thursday & Sat at 8:30 am – From the 1st April to the 3rd November
- Duration: 6h30 approx.
- Language: Exclusively in English
- Price includes: Professional guide, spacious coach and experienced driver, entrance to Codorníu Cellars (worth 16€) and a taste of cava.
- Transport: Comfortable and roomy air-conditioned bus.
- Itinerary: Plaça Catalunya > Barcelona > Sant Sadurni d´Anoia – Codorníu Cellars > Parc Natural de Montserrat > Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of Our Lady) > Free time for lunch > Return to Barcelona
Why do our customers book this tour?
- Codorníu has the world’s largest underground cellars – 34 km of tunnels to store the Cava
- There are spectacular views both from Montserrat and with Montserrat in the background of the wine region
- See la Moreneta up close, the black Madonna of Montserrat
- Guided visit including a tour along the underground cellars by a small electric train
- Taste of cava – method champenoise wine. Children have some grape juice.
- Boys’ Choir in Montserrat… if you’re lucky! (subject to their schedule).
What's not included
- Funicular, track railway or cable car.
- Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 € and there’s free time for lunch in Montserrat.
- This tour involves some walking.
- 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?
Beyond Barcelona are spectacular and diverse landscapes. The most stunning of all is Montserrat, with its serrated profile, views, ancient monastery and holy shrine. South of Montserrat is el Penedes, a rough and dry region with an ideal climate for vineyards. The tour combines a visit to the modernista Codorníu Wine Cellars at the Penedès with the mystical experience of Montserrat.
Caves Codorníu (wine cellars)
Caves Codorníu’s vineyards and winemaking activities date back to 1551. Since then the Catalan traditional values have gone hand in hand with innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. They are the largest underground cellars in the world, where the first bottle of Spanish sparkling wine was produced in 1872 by the traditional method Champenoise (the same as French Champagne), it was named cava.
Architecture and landscape, with Modernista-style buildings amidst rows of vines, provide a unique first impression when arriving to the Cathedral of Cava. The Codorníu Cellars were created between 1895 and 1915 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is one of the most important examples of how the Modernista architecture combined visionary designs with the practical needs of industries.
It is the ideal place to follow the whole process from grape pressing to labelling the bottles. The wine ferments at least 9 months in a bottle, in the dark, still and at the constant temperature of the underground cellars. The visit to the vast cellars continues in a small electric train and ends with a taste of wine.
Montserrat is a mountain, a unique Natural Park, and 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.
Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery nearly 1000 years old, 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.
Montserrat is culture: a library of nearly 300,000 volumes; the oldest boys’ choir in Europe; a basilica full of paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt.
Picturesque Drive: along the Llobregat River to the foot of the spectacular Montserrat mountain (its name means serrated, a reference to its jutting peaks), a natural park, and then up to the Sanctuary 725m (2380 feet) above sea level. Your guide will entertain you with tales, history and legends of the mountain, the monastery and the shrine. The return journey will be an alternative route accompanied by recordings of a variety of traditional Catalan music.
Montserrat Monastery: guided orientation tour. On arrival to Montserrat your guide will give a tour to orient you to the main places of interest: monastery, basilica, museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and home products market.
Montserrat Basilica: Silence must be kept inside the church so your guide will give you explanations outside and show you Our Lady’s Chapel with the 12th Century figure of Our Lady of Montserrat.
What to expect
How to find us?
The tour departs from plaça Catalunya, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza. You will recognize us with our orange umbrellas. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.
Will I have free time?
Yes, there’s time to enjoy your taste of cava at Codorníu Cellars and time for lunch at Montserrat.
Discover Barcelona by the hand of a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
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.
Roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows – great to enjoy the fabulous views to Montserrat.
- 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 absolute maximum is 40 people.
- Secure and easy booking
- Instant confirmation
- All departures are guaranteed
You don’t need to print your voucher.
The tour will start from plaça Catalunya, in front of Olivia Plaza Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Look for the orange umbrellas!