Visiting Montserrat and the vineyards region of el Pendès is a very nice option for a city break.
At Montserrat, we will visit the Church and the Monastery area. On this mountain shrine, the monks have worshiped since the 12th century an image of the Virgin Mary “Our Lady of Montserrat,” named after the mountain. You will love the drive up the mountain with our expert drivers, and on the way back we will show you some of the most famous rock formations with funny names like the “camel”.
On the way to the vineyards, there are so many great restaurants for you to have lunch and we will give you the option to choose from a wide range of wine & cava producers to visit afterward.
The Penedès region is mostly known for its Cava production. We use the word “Cava” for its sparkling wines because “Champagne” can only be produced in the Champagne region of France. “Cava” also means winery. However, we produce about 200 million bottles of cava per year, including a growing interest in organic winemaking practices, a specialty of the area. Good news is that it is becoming easier to get them all around the world, some of the producers we visit export worldwide.
We can do this tour in this order, or we can change it, visiting a winery first, then getting lunch in a nearby town or at a farmhouse restaurant at the foot of Montserrat’s mountain, before visiting Montserrat at the end of the tour. Both ways guarantee a beautifully pleasant day trip.
Carolina was our guide to Montserrat and under her exceptionally pleasant guidance, we walked to the top and took the funicular railway down. It was quite a nice hike up that apparently few undertake, preferring to take the rail up and walk down as an option. The solitude, vistas, and plant life were beautiful
Rich & Helene Osswald
I can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Carolina and Skip the Line. We were unsure about using a tour guide because we had never used one before, so we waited until we arrived in Barcelona to set something up. They responded immediately and were flexible concerning meeting times. We made an easy payment through PayPal and we were all set up. We met up with Carolina two blocks from where we were staying and she immediately engaged our 6 and 9-year-old kids. We went on to a tour that was incredibly informative from a historical perspective, but also in current events. And, it was great to get the perspective on current events from a local. Carolina was honest AND even-handed. The tour ended with “Certificates of Achievement” in understanding Barcelona for my kids. Skip the Line and Carolina were a highlight of our trip and I highly recommend them.
Best way to start our Trip !!!!
We signed up for the Highlights tour on our first full day in Barcelona and it was the perfect way to start our trip. Carolina was a great and patient guide and she really helped us get our bearings. We saw a few different areas of the city, learned a lot about each neighborhood, and ended up with a great tour of La Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend scheduling a tour with Skip the Line – they were professional, on time, organized and really fun to hang out with!
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