This tour is the easiest way to visit Montserrat! Spectacular mountain and views, ancient monastery, holy shrine – an incomparable place not to be missed.Start with a picturesque drive up the mountain. Perched half way up you will see the nearly 1000 year old monastery. There is a short walk to get there, best moment to enjoy the magnificent views and have a taste of artisan cheese and honey that you will find in the stalls along the way.You will have about 2 hours in the Sanctuary of Montserrat, combining an orientation tour with some free time to see the black Madonna, the basilica, the museum, restaurants or the shops.
Montserrat is 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. No wonder the whole mountain is also a Natural Park
The Monastery & Black Madonna
The 1000 year old Benedictine monastery is 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.
The Sanctuary of Montserrat
Surrounding the Monastery there are plenty of things to do, here are some top suggestions:Best place for pictures, with some outstanding views of both Montserrat and the surrounding plainsMarket stalls selling local goods like honey and Mató (fresh cheese)The Museum of Montserrat has an extensive collection with paintings by Dalí, Picasso, El Greco and even treasures from ancient Egypt!Restaurants and shops for anyone looking for souvenirsFunicular railway to Sant Joan chape
Departure point in Plaça Catalunya 19, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza
Daily at 3 pm, except Sunday