Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims –
seek the Black Virgin Mary on her sacred hilltop.
Long ago, this strange mountain, located an hour inland from Barcelona,
with its massive jagged, rock formations, was deemed ‘Montserrat’,
or “sawed mountain”. It was there that an image of the ‘Moroneta’
(Black Virgin) miraculously appeared over 1000 years ago. A monastery
was then built atop this revered mountain, which soon became a destination
for devout Catholics from all over Europe, who traversed hundreds of miles
on foot, to ask the Moroneta for miracles.
With us, you’ll have the chance to explore the ancient monastery
and the surrounding flora and fauna, while taking in the magnificent 360-degree
views from atop the highest peak, accessible by ‘Sant Joan’s’
cable car. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the ‘Santa
Cova’ (the “Holy Cave”, where the Virgin appeared),
which you’ll also reach by cable car, or via a charming footpath,
as you stroll amidst the scents and peaceful sounds of nature. Depending
on the day, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the renowned Montserrat
boys’ choir, whose sweet voices will whisk you away for a few brief
After visiting the sacred mountain, you’ll be our guests for lunch
in a 14th Century, stone ‘masia’ along the ancient Royal Road,
where the married couple who runs the establishment will serve you an
upscale Catalan feast fit for kings, in your own private dining room.
The Sawed-Mountain Monastery excursion is a full-day experience, which
includes 5-6 hours for touring and lunch, plus 2-3 hours of travel time.
As with all of our day trips and excursions, there
are various ways to enjoy this experience – please let us know what
you’re looking for, and I’m sure we can find a way to accommodate
you… Ask us about the “Bare Bones”
and “Bells n’ Whistles” options…
Car & driver. Train & Funicular.
Full-day (7-8 hrs, approx)
In general, our Montserrat excursion will neither include the small
museum nor the audio-visual experience, as we feel the day is more than
complete without those two add-ons. If you’d like to include either
of these extras, however, this can easily be arranged.
We highly recommend
you read our General
before booking. We want you know exactly
what to expect. Please feel free to propose your own personal twist on
any existing route or guideline!