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Montserrat Mountain Tours

Montserrat Mountain
Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat Mountain, the 'Serrated Mountain.' This unique rock formation, sawed and sculpted by thousands of years of wind and rain, is most famously home to a Benedictine monastery, an important Catholic pilgrimage spot thanks to its 12th-century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Madonna), Catalonia's patron saint. Aside from its religious and cultural importance, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from its peaks.

The Basics
Montserrat is one of the most popular full- or half-day trips from Barcelona. Located mid-cliff, the monastery is reachable via cog railroad or cable car, and from there, visitors are free to explore the monastery grounds, hike the numerous trails winding up and around Montserrat Mountain, or ride two funiculars to a scenic lookout or a holy cave believed to be the spot of a miraculous sighting of the Virgin Mary. Montserrat's location in Spain's cava-producing region means many travelers combine a visit with a tour and tasting at one of the several nearby wineries.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Choose a half-day Montserrat tour or a full-day excursion with a stop at a cava winery for wine tasting.
  • Trips last anywhere from four to 10 hours, depending on the option you choose.
  • Montserrat Monastery is wheelchair accessible, as is the cog railway leading there. Other parts of the mountain, including the funiculars, are not accessible.
  • Bring layers, as Montserrat is cooler than nearby Barcelona.
  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, especially if you plan to make use of the trail network.

How to Get to Montserrat
The easiest way to get to Montserrat is with a guided, small-group tour that includes round-trip transportation from Barcelona. Independent travelers can reach Montserrat by catching the R5 train from Plaça d'Espanya station. Those wishing to take the cable car should get off at Montserrat-Aeri, while those taking the cog railway should get off at Monistrol de Montserrat. The journey from Barcelona takes about 90 minutes one way.

When to Get There
Montserrat is open throughout the year, but it can get very busy in summer, particularly in July and August. This time of year also brings the hottest temperatures—expect highs in the upper 80s. On a clear day, the monastery affords panoramic views, so it’s a good idea to check the weather and visit on a sunny, cloudless day.

Hear the Boys Choir of Montserrat
Santa Maria de Montserrat is home of the famous L'Escolania choir, a boys choir of altos and sopranos who perform in the Basilica of Montserrat each day. The midday performance by one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe has become one of the most popular activities at the monastery, with seats filling up well before the singing begins.
Address: Bages, Catalonia, Spain
Hours: Daily 8am-10:30am and 12pm-6:30pm
Admission: Free
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Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Gourmet Wine Tasting (Private Tour Optional)

Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Gourmet Wine Tasting (Private Tour Optional)

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Venture into the Catalan countryside to visit Montserrat and go wine tasting on this full-day tour from Barcelona. Take a guided tour through the Basilica and Monastery on Montserrat, a beautiful, multi-peak mountain with dramatic rock formations, with free time to continue exploring the museum, farmer's market, or views from the ridge of Cavall Bernat. Afterward, visit the winery of Oller de Mas for a cellar tour, wine tasting, and a multi-course, Catalan meal.
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  • 10 hours
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$120.65
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Montserrat Small Group Tour with Sagrada Familia Direct Access and Audioguide

Montserrat Small Group Tour with Sagrada Familia Direct Access and Audioguide

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Escape from Barcelona for a small-group visit to Montserrat during this half-day excursion. Join your guide as you ascend to this mountaintop monastery for a visit to the site's top attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. You'll also have time to admire the incredible views, visit the on-site museum or take a ride on the Montserrat cable car (at your own expense). If you want to continue the fun, add on an optional upgrade visit to the incredible Sagrada Familia, where you'll skip the line as you explore Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece up close. This small-group visit, limited to just 20 guests, also includes minivan transport.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$73.71
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Barcelona and Montserrat: skip-the-lines, small-group, pickup dropoff included

Barcelona and Montserrat: skip-the-lines, small-group, pickup dropoff included

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See the historical and natural highlights of Barcelona and its scenic surroundings on an exhilarating full-day excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit legendary landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia and Montjuic Hill, and then sail past the long lines at renowned architect’s Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell. Venture to Montserrat National Park to enjoy the natural splendor of the scenery, and absorb the sacred ambiance of Montserrat Monastery, the park’s beautiful basilica.
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  • 8 hours
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$129.40
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Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines (Private Tour Optional)

Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines (Private Tour Optional)

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Explore one of the cornerstones of Catalan culture and history on this small-group tour to Montserrat. See the Montserrat Monastery, home to the famous "Black Madonna," and then follow a guide through the vineyards of Oller del Mas, a winery housed in a 10th-century castle. Descend into the cellars to learn about the production methods, and sample signature wines alongside a cold tapas lunch with dessert.
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  • 7 hours
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$90.47
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Montserrat with Cogwheel train, Tasting in a Boutique Winery with Tapas or Lunch

Montserrat with Cogwheel train, Tasting in a Boutique Winery with Tapas or Lunch

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Marvel over Montserrat, and then enjoy tapas and wine on this full-day, small-group tour from Barcelona. Ride the cogwheel train to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat, admire views over the Catalan countryside, and sample local treats such as coca de Montserrat and Montserrat liquor. Next, head to the Oller del Mas château, where you can tour the wine cellar, stroll the vineyards, and indulge in an expert-led winetasting. Finally, choose to dig into a delicious tapas brunch at the château, or enjoy a 3-course meal at a local restaurant.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

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Make a pilgrimage to Santa Maria de Montserrat, a monastery near Barcelona and one of Spain's key religious sites, during this visit. Join your guide as you scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train, enjoying striking vistas of the mountain's surreal rock formations and Barcelona off in the distance. Then visit Benedictine abbey and the Royal Basilica, to view La Moreneta (the Dark One) a 12th-century carving of Our Lady of Montserrat. This Montserrat visit also includes entrance fees and transport by air-conditioned coach.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

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Visit two Barcelona must-sees in one day without any rushing for trains or buses, and with a guide to provide background and stories on each site and wider Catalonia on this full-day, small-group tour. Beat the lines at the Sagrada Familia to admire Gaudi’s mastery, and after a stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, be transported to Montserrat to explore the mountainside monastery. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$116.70
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Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona

Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history, and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery and a winery tasting near Barcelona. Drive by air-conditioned van to the hilltop religious site of Montserrat, where you'll enjoy spectacular views and see the Black Virgin, a 12th-century religious icon. Then head to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the nexus of Catalonia's wine industry, where you'll visit a winery for a tasting. Along the way you'll get personal attention from your knowledgeable guide.
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  • 10 hours
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$109.33
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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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Explore the Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat independently on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Travel by coach to the spectacular, mountainside Benedictine abbey, one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for its revered "Black Madonna" statue. Then, enjoy free time to explore, making this one of the most flexible Montserrat tours from Barcelona available.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour in Barcelona

Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour in Barcelona

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Capture the alpine spirit of Montserrat on a 4-hour tour from Barcelona. Aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled coach, drive along the Llobregat River through picturesque villages to reach the 4,051-foot (1,234-meter) mountain. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat and listen to your guide's commentary on the history and legends of the mountain. Take some free time to explore the paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered all over the mountain on your own. Round-trip transportation (approximately 1 hour each way) from a central Barcelona meeting point is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up

Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up

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Make a pilgrimage to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Montserrat during this half-day excursion from Barcelona with a small group. Join no more than eight guests on an exploration of this nearly 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery complex set high above Catalonia. See the famous ‘Black Madonna’ icon and visit the legendary ‘Holy Cave’ where the virgin is said to have once appeared. Finish by enjoying the sublime singing of ‘La Escolania de Montserrat,’ one of Europe’s oldest children’s choirs. A guide, entrance fee, and private transport are included.
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  • 5 hours
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Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour

Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour

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See the best of Barcelona on a packaged trip combining two excursions, including visits to the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), Montjuic Castle, Montserrat and much more. Your trip includes a ride by cog-wheel train to the Royal Basilica of Monserrat to admire the site's 12-century Black Virgin and sample some local liquor. Hop aboard the Montjuic cable car for a bird's-eye view of the city, including the magnificent La Sagrada Familia and harbor.
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  • 10 hours 45 minutes
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Private tour to Montserrat. The most complete tour, Cable car & meal included

Private tour to Montserrat. The most complete tour, Cable car & meal included

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Board a cog train and journey to a monastery hidden among the peaks of Catalonia's Montserrat mountain. This private guided tour offers a more personalized experience than is typical. Visit the Church of Santa Maria de Montserrat where you see 'La Moreneta,' also known as the 'Black Madonna', and hear the Children’s Choir of Montserrat, before hiking to a scenic viewpoint.
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  • 6 hours
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$146.06
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Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat, Colonia Guell, and Gaudi Crypt

Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat, Colonia Guell, and Gaudi Crypt

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Discover two top Barcelona sites on this full-day trip to Colonia Güell and Montserrat. Stop by Colonia Güell, one of the more intriguing projects of celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí. Then board the rack railway for a ride to the alpine retreat of Montserrat, where you'll take in sublime views and see the Benedictine monastery. This partially guided excursion also includes free time to wander the two sites at your own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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$88.46
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Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike

Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike

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Escape the city for a day in the mountains on this 6-hour tour from Barcelona to the famous peak of Montserrat Mountain. Soak up the scenery on a dramatic cable car ride to Montserrat and spend time exploring the stunning Montserrat monastery, perched on the mountaintop. Pay a visit to the sacred Black Madonna, enjoy a performance of the world-renowned Montserrat boy’s choir, then embark on an easy hike along the mountainside.
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  • 6 hours
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$78.46
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Early Access Montserrat Experience - Half Day Guided Tour from Barcelona

Early Access Montserrat Experience - Half Day Guided Tour from Barcelona

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Take a break from bustling Barcelona to experience the serenity of Montserrat, a sacred mountain just an hour’s drive from the city. Learn about the history an ancient legends that surround the mount while traveling in a comfortable bus, and arrive early to beat the lines to enter the Benedictine monastery near the top. Here, see the famous Black Madonna statue, view paintings by Modernist masters at an on-site museum, and browse Spanish goods at vendor stalls, all in a peaceful natural setting.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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$42.25
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Montserrat and Sitges Easy Hike with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona

Montserrat and Sitges Easy Hike with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona

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Enhance your experience of Barcelona’s majestic surrounding sights on a full-day tour of Montserrat and Sitges from the Catalonian capital. Alongside an expert guide, marvel at the distinctive ridges of the Montserrat mountain and absorb the sacred ambience of the holy Monastery, home to the revered Black Virgin statue. Ascend to the mountain’s summit in a cable car to enjoy panoramic vistas and an easy amazing walk; explore the quaint fishing town of Sitges on a guided walking tour; and sample Mediterranean delicacies in a traditional Spanish restaurant.
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  • 9 hours
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$101.40
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Barcelona Highlight Tour and Montserrat Monastery with Hotel Pick-up

Barcelona Highlight Tour and Montserrat Monastery with Hotel Pick-up

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When your cruise ships sails into the picturesque port of Barcelona, disembark to discover the legendary landmarks of the city on a full-day shore excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the architectural extravagance of La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, and then ascend to the hilltop perch of Olympic monuments. Venture to the nearby national park of Montserrat to enjoy views of the rugged mountain peeks, and absorb the sacred ambiance of Montserrat Basilica during an intimate tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$121.58
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Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

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Experience two of Barcelona's best-selling excursions during this 9-hour day trip, including a visit to the hilltop monastery of Montserrat, followed by an exploration of the modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí, all at a discounted price. Begin your combo tour package by visiting the dramatic mountain religious site of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, then spend the afternoon discovering the unique architectural creations of Gaudí. It's a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, with a bonus 5% discount versus buying each tour separately. Your excursion also includes a guide, all entrance fees and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 10 hours
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$119.50
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Trekking through the magical Montserrat Mountain

Trekking through the magical Montserrat Mountain

Hike around the iconic Natural Park of Montserrat and enjoy the magnificent views from one of its peaks. Learn about the local animals and Mediterranean vegetation characterizing this unique place. Visit the ancient monastery that has been receiving pilgrims for almost 1000 years. The entire experience will take about six hours.
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  • 6 hours
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$90.53
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VIP The pixeled Montserrat Mountain up to 5 customers

VIP The pixeled Montserrat Mountain up to 5 customers

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Montserrat is Catalunya’s pride, a very strange shaped mountain with a famous monastery that became Spain’s favorite pilgrim place. The home of the Black Madonna and a part of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route . The monastery situated almost on the peak provides us with a spectacular view and an incredible nature . The Benedictine monks produce some extraordinary liqueurs using local herbs and fruits and their cuisine is also a culinary delight. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the most famous children choir “Escolania” and visit the very interesting museum of the monastery. We can optionally use the local Cog-railway to the peak of Montserrat mountain and also have some free time for hiking if you love nature.
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  • 8 hours
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$428.06
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Hike around the iconic Montserrat Mountain

Hike around the iconic Montserrat Mountain

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Tours that go straight to the Montserrat Monastery miss out on the natural beauty and historical sites surrounding the popular landmark. This option lets you take your time getting to know the hermitages and forests near the monastery through a gentle hike before heading to the famous saint statue the monastery is best known for. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
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$90.53
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Montserrat 7-hour Private Tour from Barcelona with Lunch

Montserrat 7-hour Private Tour from Barcelona with Lunch

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Visit the Santa María de Montserrat Abbey on this private tour of Montserrat. You’ll travel with a personal guide by train from Barcelona, then ascend by rack railway or cable car to the mountaintop Benedictine monastery. Listen to the lilting voices of L’Escolania de Montserrat, a renowned boys’ choir, and see the famed Black Virgin (La Moreneta). Hotel pickup is included on this 7-hour tour, with drop-off at Plaza de España in Barcelona.
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  • 7 hours
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$283.67
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Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia Tour with Liquor Tasting

Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia Tour with Liquor Tasting

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Visit two of Barcelona’s highlights on a full-day tour to Monserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia, a pair of religious sites founded more than 1,000 years apart. Explore art and archeology in the Museum of Montserrat, tour the dramatic monastery, then learn the history and design behind Gaudi’s Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. This full-day tour includes entrance fees and a liqueur tasting, with round-trip transport from central Barcelona.
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  • 11 hours
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$95.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Montserrat Mountain hours of operation?
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Montserrat Mountain hours of operation: Daily 8am-10:30am and 12pm-6:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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