Your full day trip starts from Barcelona in a comfortable air conditioned tour bus as you depart for the 1,236 m Montserrat Mountains in the morning before enjoying an artistic afternoon. After discovering Montserrat which is home to a sanctuary and a monastery you will have lunch before embarking on the next experience. The Royal Basilica of Montserrat that dates back to the year 1025 hosts the 12th century famous “Black Madonna”. On a lucky day, you get to see the Escolania of Montserrat perform at the monastery. This is one of Europe’s oldest boys’ choirs. You will then visit the La Sagrada Familia by Gaudi that remains unfinished decades down the line. With a bilingual official tour guide, you will then proceed to Passeig de Gracia which is home to the famous La Pedrera or the Casa Mila and Casa Batllo both by Antoni Gaudi. There is a lot of walking involved as you discover the capital of Modernism thus, being comfortable in terms of health, clothing and shoes is advisable.
What you can expect
Discovering the capital of Modernism is one of the best experiences that you can have in Barcelona. In the morning, you will head to the 1,236 m (4,051 ft) Montserrat Mountain in a comfortable air conditioned motor coach with a bilingual professional tour guide. Depending on the season, the climate at the mountain may vary and thus it is advisable to wear protective clothing as it can get cold or rainy. Over the years, legends have tried to explain the strange rock formations of the Montserrat that have been formed by rain and wind from soil. It has taken centuries to give the mountain the appearance that it boasts today, some have claimed to have seen human and animal shapes in the strange formations. Visiting the Montserrat is one of the most exciting ways to appreciate nature in a spectacular way.
As you continue with the adventure, you will be amazed to see the famous Romanesque statue of the Black Madonna that is dedicated to the patron saint of Catalonia. The 12th century statue of the Virgin of Montserrat is housed at the Royal Basilica of Montserrat that dates back to the year 1025. The commentary is in Spanish and English as the guide is bilingual. The monasteries here has been popular with pilgrims ever since it was started as they (pilgrims) believe that the Virgin of Montserrat has continued to perform wonders and miracles. Basilica of Montserrat does not allow visitors to enter while on sandals, strapless shirts and tank tops. Due to the popularity of the monastery, it was modernized to measure up with the today’s expectations. Get to learn more about not only the formation of the mountain of Montserrat, but also about the sanctuary and the importance of this area as a pilgrimage site through the Espai Audiovisual Montserrat which is an audiovisual exhibition. Another highlight of the tour here is tasting typical liquors made by the monks. One of Europe’s oldest boys’ choirs that dates back to the 14th century performs at the monastery here during specific timings as the performance depends on not only special events, but also the school calendar and the monastery. The choir is popularly known as the Escolania of Montserrat.
You will enjoy your lunch for about 30 minutes before embarking on the capital of Modernism discovery. Barcelona is known to have been a home to world renowned artists such as Antoni Gaudi who their traces are widely displayed in the city. Gaudi who once lived in the city left a legend that cannot be wiped away even by the tides of time. Your first stop will be at the Holy Family Basilica that is popularly known as the La Sagrada. One reason that this is a must see building is not only that it is a great masterpiece by Gaudi that is yet to be finished, but it turns out to be the most famous landmark in the city. The vaults of its facade reach up to 70 m. You enjoy a guided tour outside the basilica as entrance is not included in the tour cost. With a combination of architecture and nature, the bizarre Park Guell also by Gaudi will amaze you. Due to its uniqueness and the historic place it holds in Barcelona, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance to Park Guell is included in the cost and you will enjoy a guided walking tour. Next you will head to Passeig de Gracia for a guided tour where you get to see Casa Batllo and Casa Mila that is also known as the La Pedrera. Entrance fee to the two modernist buildings by Gaudi is not included in the tour cost. The tour will end at the c/ Provenca 261-265.
Montserrat and Barcelona in English, departs at 9.15am.
Montserrat and Barcelona in Spanish, departs at 9.15am
Montserrat and Barcelona in French, departs at 9.15am