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. The 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.
You can visit the image of Our Lady of Montserrat ( available from 8 am to 10.30 am / from 12 pm to 6.30 pm). Since last year, it is not free to access the Black Madona; we buy and book the ticket for you in advance.
You can listen to the Boys Choir of Montserrat ( They do not sing on Saturdays, August, or Christmas. During the year, they might travel a few times outside Montserrat). But, again, we need to book and buy the ticket for that.
You prefer to do some walking and enjoy great views and nature.
You are interested in art and would like to visit the important Museum of Montserrat, with unique art pieces from Caravaggio, Picasso, and many others.
Just let us know, and we’ll customize your Montserrat tour.
Which is the best day of the week to visit Montserrat?
We recommend going from Monday to Friday; weekends are jam-packed with many local people and too many cars.
If you can only go to Montserrat on the weekend, we recommend using the cable car or the cogwheel train to arrive from the town at the bottom of the mountain and have our driver pick us up to return to Barcelona.
We use Paypal and SumUp ( you do not need to have an account, you can pay with any credit card). You can pay for the tickets on the same day as the tour.
Do I have to buy the tickets?
No, we will take care of buying the tickets for you.
Where do we meet?
The guide and the driver will pick you up at your hotel or apartment.
Additional fees per person.
16 euros Monstserrat.
35 euros approx, depending on the vineyard.
Is it kids friendly?
Montserrat is very kid-friendly; kids get a nonalcoholic drink at the vineyards.
Do we have Priority access?
Yes, we have priority access to both places.
I have some mobility issues.
We need to walk quite a bit at Montserrat; most wineries have steps, but there are a few that we can book that are easier than others to move around. Just lets us know what you need.
Go small you won’t regret it
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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