Montserrat is just over an hour outside of the bustle of the Barcelona city centre. Crowded avenues give way to farmlands and skyscrapers turn into wind turbines.
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On this tour, after a comfortable drive through the picturesque villages dotting the highways, you make your way up the mountain to the breathtaking peaks of Montserrat. Rising majestically, 1235 metres from the ground, Montserrat, a UNESCO world heritage site, has been a sacred spot and a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona since its rediscovery in the 12th century.
Montserrat (meaning jagged rocks) is the site of the Royal Basilica (1592) which welcomes an average of 3.2 million visitors per year and is home to the black virgin – a statue that attracted countless followers down a rocky path to the cave where the icon was hidden for over 800 years. Another top attraction is the choir and their famous performances held most days at 12 Noon. However, Montserrat is more than just religious icons, 12th century Romanesque carving, and impressive churches. This sacred spot is a favourite with nature lovers and those in search of a higher power.
Upon your arrival at Montserrat your tour guide will explain the history of the mountain and take you up to the main square. You will then be given free time to see the churches and with a bit of luck, get to hear the choir. From there you have the option to continue onwards and upwards to the top of Montserrat via the funicular which makes its way up the side of the mountain and acts as a moving observation deck with stunning views.
If you choose to take the trip to the top of these asymmetrical rock formations you will be rewarded with entrance to the visitor centre which explains the legends of over 20 different rock formations. Several nature tracks offer rewarding views as you take a walk on high what an afternoon under the blue skies of Catalonia can do for the spirit.
No stone goes unturned with Juliá Travel – Barcelona’s leaders in sightseeing tours throughout Spain. Their team of professional tour guides pride themselves on years of experience welcoming visitors in over 4 different languages in Barcelona alone. Each tour lasts approx 5 hrs from 9:30-14:30.
The tour runs every day of the year except on:
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Tour Montserrat + Cremallera: Adults 58€,
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How to get there
The Montserrat buses leave from Carrer de Balmes, 5 promptly at 9:30am. It is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure availability. Montserrat Tours tickets should be purchased at least 15 minutes prior to boarding.
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