Some episodes of the Game of Thrones have been set in Girona and this is where you will depart Barcelona for. It is also home to one of the continent’s best preserved Jewish quarters. Transport is in an air conditioned tour bus with a bilingual tour guide. Visiting the 4,051 is an exciting experience as you get to see varied rock formations that have been formed over the centuries from soil. They are formed by wind and rain. For spectacular views of the surrounding, you board the air conditioned Cog-Wheel train for about 15 minutes to get to the Monastery. At the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, you get to witness the Verge Moreneta or the Black Madonna that dates back to the 1100s. The monks of the monastery normally prepare handmade liquors and you will have a chance of tasting them. You also get to watch the Espai Audiovisual Montserrat. It is advisable to be in comfortable shoes and clothes as there is a lot of walking involved.
What you can expect
Your full day trip to Girona and Montserrat start when you board the comfortable air-conditioned tour bus in the morning. You will then head to the monumental city of Girona that boasts some of the best maintained medieval streets and one of Europe’s best maintained Jewish Quarters. As you walk along the streets of the old city, you get to see the Cathedral although entrance fee is not included. This is also the area where some of the episodes of the Game of Thrones series have been shot from. The streets will lead you to the edge of the river bank where some pastel coloured houses are located. During your free time after lunch, you get to discover more of the artistic heritage of Girona at your own pace. The commentary is both in Spanish and English.
The second leg of the tour starts by boarding the air conditioned tour bus to the 4,051 ft Montserrat Mountain that boasts special natural creation that has been formed over the centuries from soil. The strange rock formations of the mountain have been made by rain and wind. Some say that both animal and human shapes can be seen in these varied formations. Legends have tried to explain how the strange formations came by. Due to the seasonal climate at the Montserrat Mountains, visitors are advised to have protective clothing as it can be quite windy and rainy. You then board the Cog-Wheel train that gives you spectacular views of the environment for 15 minutes to the Montserrat monastery. The best part is that the train can be accessed with those who are physically challenged and is air conditioned.
At the 1025 Benedict Sanctuary of Montserrat, you get to see the 12th Century Verge Moreneta that is also known as the Black Madonna. This Romanesque statue in the Royal Basilica of Montserrat is dedicated to the patron saint of Catalonia. The monastery is a popular destination for pilgrims who believe that the Virgin has always performed miracles. There is a dress code when visiting the Basilica at Montserrat as strapless shirts, sandals as well as short shorts and tank tops are not allowed. Taste typical liquors that have been handmade by the monks of the monastery and learn more about not only the creation of Montserrat, but also about its history through the Espai Audiovisual Montserrat. This audiovisual exhibition will let you learn more about the natural creation of the Montserrat, the importance of the monastery as a pilgrimage site and more about the sanctuary. Unless the trip has been specified otherwise, drinks, food as well as hotel pick-up and drop-off is not included in the tour cost.
Full Day Trip - Girona and Montserrat in English, departs at 8.15am
Full Day Trip - Girona and Montserrat in Spanish, departs at 8.15am