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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

Montserrat is the moon to Barcelona’s sun. Barcelona is vibrant, humming with energy, and bathed with a Mediterranean vibe.

Montserrat is tranquil, introspective, and gentle on the soul. It’s the ultimate escape after a day spent exploring Barcelona’s charms.

Imagine relaxing in a luxury coach as the city dissolves in the background and the “serrated mountain” glides into view. In just an hour, you’re in another world, a world of 1,000-year-old monasteries, patron saints, a world-famous boys’ choir, and views that take your breath away.

We created our Montserrat tour with your Barcelona travel goals in mind. Spend the day seeing the sights in Barcelona and then climb aboard our coach at 3 pm for a four-hour trip to another world. See the Parc Natural de Montserrat, tour the monastery and basilica, see the Black Madonna, and enjoy some free time to explore this mountain hideaway on your own.

Return to Barcelona re-energized and refreshed— and ready for a night on the town.

Tour Details

  • When: Daily at 3 pm, except Sunday (Please note, this tour starts at 3.15PM from 1 April to 2 November).
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Language: English. This tour is also available in French from April.
  • 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.

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?

Montserrat, the “serrated mountain,” towers 4,000 feet into the sky, with its jagged peaks and finger-like shapes. It’s a mesmerizing sight from miles away, even better as you enter the natural park. The view unfolds around you on the drive to the monastery.

The Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey dates back to the 11th century, although it was rebuilt in the 19th century. It melds into the mountainside and still serves as a home to nearly 80 monks.

The abbey has always played an important role in the spiritual life of Catalonia; it’s a rite of passage to hike the mountain to watch the sunrise from the top of Montserrat.

The basilica dates to the 16th century. La Moreneta, the Virgin of Montserrat and the patron saint of Catalonia, resides in the basilica’s chapel. Legend has it that the Black Madonna became very heavy and refused to move, so the monks built their monastery around her.

L’Escolania, the boys’ school known for its devotion to music—and of course, the Montserrat Boys’ Choir—is also part of the monastery complex, although it’s not included in this tour, due to time management.

On the tour, you’ll have time to explore Montserrat on your own and take pictures of the amazing views. For a truly spectacular sight, take the funicular to St. Joan’s Chapel (not included in the tour) if there’s enough time.

Montserrat is also a well-known haven for food artisans—the cheeses and honey are exceptional. Hit the market stalls for a few local treasures.

And if you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Montserrat. In addition to some rare works by Dalí, Picasso, and El Greco, there are even some ancient Egyptian artifacts.

What to expect

What to expect

There’s a good bit of walking on this tour, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the cooler mountain weather. Unfortunately, this is not a wheelchair-accessible tour.

Silence is the order of the day inside the monastery so your guide will give a brief presentation outside before you go in.

The tour begins with a one-hour drive in our brand-new, state-of-the-art low-emissions luxury coach with panoramic windows—you won’t miss a single view on the trip. You’ll have about two hours in Montserrat, and a one-hour return trip to relax before arriving in Barcelona around 7 pm.

 

Itinerary

  • Meet in front of the Hotel Olivia Plaza in the Plaça Catalunya at 3 pm (3:15 pm April through November). Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Scenic drive to Montserrat
  • Parc Natural de Montserrat
  • Monastery, basilica, and Chapel of the Virgin
  • Approximately one hour to explore Montserrat on your own
  • Return ride to Plaça Catalunya

The group size is limited to 45 guests, so book in advance, since this is one of our most popular day tours. The tour runs six days a week, so you can easily fit it into your Barcelona vacation.

Departure point

Departure point

We meet 15 minutes before departure time in front of the Deutsche Bank and the Hotel Olivia at Plaça Catalunya 19. Look out for our guide who will have an orange umbrella.

Your booking is refundable if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. You can change your reservation to another date at no charge with at least four hour’s notice.

Reviews

Reviews

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

Posted by BGB - 10 Jul 2019

Great tour!
Our guide, Beatrice, was warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The bus was very comfortable and their orange umbrellas were easy to find. On our way out of town the guide talked about the history of Barcelona which was helpful. Montserrat is incredibly beautiful, you dont want to miss it! It has been my favorite part of the trip so far. I would recommend this tour!
Date of experience: July 2019

Posted by BGB - 03 Jul 2019

Excellent tour!
This was a great tour, a lot of useful information was given to us by the guide, who was pleasant and knowledgeable. The bus was very comfortable, the views were breathtaking, and they gave us plenty of free time to explore on our own as well. The monastery was very ornate and we were able to get snacks/ice cream for our kids while trying out cheese and honey ourselves. Beautiful mountain views, great chance to get some wonderful panoramic views.
Visited June 2019. Reviewed on Tripadvisor.

Posted by BGB - 03 Jul 2019

"Beautiful afternoon away from Barcelona"
TripAdvisor review: Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour in Barcelona
Montserrat is beautiful place and we would certainly go back for longer to explore more of it. If you have the opportunity, we would recommend travelling by car rather than in in a large coach group, as it would give you more freedom and time to walk around. We were on a half day coach trip with Barcelona Guide Bureau and it felt that two hours of free time that we were given was simply not enough to view everything in Montserrat. Barcelona Guide Bureau has a simple booking online system and we made a reservation at the last minute, a day before the trip, which was very convenient. We didn't feel that the guide was very informative but we felt safe with the driver and both, the guide and the driver, were approachable and friendly.
Visited June 2019. Reviewed on Tripadvisor.

Posted by BGB - 11 Jun 2019

I wanted to acknowledge the tour guide Bernat as he was so knowledgeable. He provided descriptions of the areas we drove through while heading out to the highway. We learned so much of the Barcelona areas and history as well as the way of the Spanish life. Thanks to him it was the best tour guided we have experienced. The bus driver Ismael was a safe driver and the bus was comfortable. Lastly the Monserrat touched me spiritually And I will never forget this trip.
Visited June 2019. Reviewed on Tripadvisor from Billy Rowland.

Posted by BGB - 11 Jun 2019

"The Montserrat Tour from Barcelona".
I would first like to acknowledge Bernat our guide for how knowledgeable he is. He Described areas that we were passing through while getting on the highway’s and explained many of the areas and the related history. We learned so much from him which made this our best excursion! The trip there provided beautiful views and the tour bus was super comfortable. Lastly the Monserrat was beyond describable and left me very emotional.
Reviewed by Renee – United States on Get Your Guide, June 2019

Posted by BGB - 15 May 2019

Perfect break from the fast-paced Barcelona experience.
Berta and our driver were so helpful and knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm and kindness made this an unexpected respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, which made for a very special day. We highly recommend taking the afternoon 4-hour trip – there were no crowds and we were able to touch the black Madonna with no line. We also had time to hike above the monetary, which was incredible. Thanks Berta. You are awesome!

Reviewed by Mike and Lisa on Veltra, May 2019

Posted by BGB - 28 Mar 2019

"Very knowledgeable and informative guide.
Very comfortable bus ride with information about Barcelona as well as Montserrat provided. There was plenty of time for visiting the church and statue as well as shop at the cheese vendors but not enough time for more of the activities-such as hiking.
Visited March 2019. Reviewed on Get Your Guide from Margie– USA

Posted by BGB - 18 Feb 2019

"What a great Tour!"
TripAdvisor review: by somegirl16 on Jan 22, 2019

We just took this tour on Jan 16, 2019 and it will be the best thing you will do to visit this beautiful place, Jesus our bus driver was very professional and considering that particular road that leads to the monastery you can see he had a lot of experience.

Abel our tour guide was great, he provided a lot of interesting information and made the whole experience very enjoyable, you will not regret taking this tour, 100% recommended.

Posted by BGB - 18 Feb 2019

Amazing tour guide ‘Arnau’
TripAdvisor review: on Jan 4, 2019

We have been on many trips and tour’s around the world and this was one of the best, we had a great time! Our tour guide Arnau was very informative and funny and is the best guide we have had thus far, we were very lucky and happy he was our guide and will definitely ask for him again when we come back. The tour itself was amazing with all the wonderful sculptures and beautiful scenery. We learned a lot of the history from Arnau, 5 stars!!! (He is also a Great driver).

Posted by BGB - 18 Feb 2019

"AMAZING TOUR WITH INFORMATIVE INTERESTING GUIDE"
TripAdvisor review: by krish922

We looked at several different Montserrat tours and finally settled on this half day tour because of time constraints. We could not have been happier with our choice. Our guide Irena was wonderful, explaining history and details of landmarks in Barcelona as we traveled out side the city. As we proceeded up the mountain, she explained all of the legands, lore, and history of the monastery and it’s imoortance to the people. Once we arrived, we had a short walking tour to get acclimated to the sights and then free time. The views and architecture and outstanding. The museum is a hidden gem, not to be missed, and includes a monet, picasso, and other treasures. The liquor tasting is also great. Our only regret is that there was not enough time to do all we wanted to do, it we knew time was limited when we booked. On the way back, more interesting details from Irena, including a CD performance by the Boys Choir ( which we missed) and some Catalan folk music. Irena is one of the best guides we have ever encountered and she made this experience rich and meaningful. You can’t go wrong with this tour!

Posted by BGB - 18 Feb 2019

“I totally recommend this tour” 5/5 stars
Eine wundervolle Privat Führung gehabt:) vielen Dank dafür. Der Berg ist ein so schöner und sehenswerter Ort! Wir kommen wieder.
Visited February 2019. Reviewed on Get Your Guide from Germany

Posted by BGB - 18 Jul 2018

"5 starts tour in Google"
I visited Montserrat using BGB tour company and they are very good, Jesus the driver and the two tour guide Aurther translated in French and Able translated in English were excellent. Great experience and I highly recommend it.
Visited July 2018. Reviewed on Google from Marina Benjamin.

Posted by BGB - 29 Jun 2018

“Lovely time exploring beyond Barcelona” 5/5 stars

The view heading up to Montserrat is so beautiful and not to be missed. Tour guide Berta was great in explaining about Montserrat, some Gaudí buildings along the way and even about Spanish/Catalan culture, food and music. Afternoon is a great time as it was quiet, not crowded, and cool breezy throughout the walking tour.

Visited June 2018. Reviewed on Veltra from Elayne.

Posted by BGB - 18 Jun 2018

“I totally recommend this tour” 5/5 stars
Among other things our trip to Barcelona was so great and unforgettable because of the tour to Montserrat. We will come again just because of Montserrat and definately can recommend this tour!
Visited September 2017. Reviewed on Get Your Guide from Katja – Trier, Germany

Posted by BGB - 18 May 2018

"A five start day during the Monserrat tour" 5/5 stars
A Five Star day! Irina was our guide and did an excellent job. There were ten people on our tour that left from Plaça de Catalunya at noon and returned there around 8:40 pm. I enjoy details and Irina supplied a lot. It took about an hour for our comfortable bus to reach the monastery and Irina talked the entire time supplying interesting commentary of both Barcelona and Montserrat. She was very good at explaining exactly what would happen during our stay and the options available to us during our free time. We choose to take the funicular to the top of the mountain where the views were splendid and there were paths to walk on.
We saw an interesting video, tasted cheeses and fig bread, had a behind the scene tour of the crypt, sacristy, art museum, and could touch the orb held by the sacred black Madonna. We heard evening vespers in the cathedral with the monks and famed boy’s choir which sound like angels singing. On the bus trip back she played a selection of typical Catalan music. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Spain and well worth the money. We were very glad we did not just plan to visit on our own – we would have missed so much.

Visited May 2018. Reviewed on tripadvisor by CK

Posted by BGB - 21 Sep 2017

“Notre guide Mireille était excellente” 5/5 stars
Très très beau mais manque de temps pour apprécier pleinement.
Les minutes sont comptées !!!
Visited September 2017. Reviewed on Get Your Guide from Normand – Canada

Posted by UK - 07 Aug 2017

"Afternoon Tour to Monserrat" 5/5 stars

We booked online before we came to Barclona an afternoon Tour to Monserrat (3pm – 7pm) and it was a good little tour. It looked magnificent in the pictures we had seen hence why wanted to go ourselves and it didn't disappoint.

The tour itself was an hours drive from Barcelona (so it said) but due to the traffic it probably only gave us about an hour 40 there and the queues in the Monastary itself (if you wanted to touch the Madonna) also took away from the time you were there. Apparantly it was an hour and a half trek to the top of the mountain but I don't think there would have been the time to do this without missing out on what you were there to see.

Granted there is just the Monastary there to see but the stunning views and breathtaking scenery make it worth it, both when you are there and on the drives to and from.

Our guide was very informative and friendly and we were glad we booked it. Gave us something different to the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.

Visited July 2017. Reviewed on tripadvisor from Wakefield, UK

Posted by Necia - 07 Aug 2017

"Monsterrat.Nice tour. Beautiful trip" 5/5 stars

The bus to Montserrat was very modern and comfortable. Our guide was wonderful, organized, and knowledgeable. She obviously took pride in her work and was proud of her heritage. She even brought recorded local music which she explained to us.
As with all the tours we took where transportation was provided, there was not enough time to see that much. I recommend that in these situations you plan your own transportation back so that you can stay and see all that there is to see. The afternoon tour was not crowded but staying late is not much of an option since they close around 6:00 pm. If you want to stay longer and possibly ride the incredibly steep and fun looking funicular, go in the morning.

Visited March 2016. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Necia from Lake Forest, CA, USA

Posted by Andrea - 07 Jul 2017

“Loved it, very beautiful”
Worth the money and time. The guide (Laura) was very nice, funny and kind. Great organising and a remarkable experience. I will go again someday.
Reviewed on Get Your Guide by Andrea, Hungary.

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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