Certainly, Montserrat is the most popular destination from Barcelona. Not only do foreign visitors enjoy the Montserrat tour but also locals. The Abbey of Montserrat is a monastery full of history located on top of a wonderful mountain, attracting people worldwide.
What to do at Montserrat ?:
Nature: Montserrat is a Natural Park since 1987. Discover a sedimentary mountain, formed about 50 million years ago! The magical and incredible shape of its rocks is the result of millions of years of erosion. You’ll be amazed by its beautiful and unusual landscapes. If you wish, we´ll do some hiking to feel the energy of Montserrat.
Spirituality: Montserrat has been since 1025 (almost 1000 years ago) the home of a Benedictine Community that nowadays consists of around 70 monks. It is one of the largest Benedictine communities in the world. Almost as old as the Benedictine Monks’ presence is one of Our Lady of Montserrat, which is a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary that dates from around 800 years ago. This holly image is the Patron Saint of Catalunya and the reason for many visitors to go to Montserrat. Due to its dark color, it´s also known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta in Catalan. There is the belief that she does miracles, so that´s why many visitors and pilgrims like to go to the Basílica of Montserrat.
Art: the Museum of Montserrat shows a very interesting art collection with a Caravaggio as one of the main paintings: There are also paintings by Picasso, Miró, Salvador Dali, and french impressionists among many others. Furthermore, the museum of Montserrat houses an important collection of archaeological sculptures of the Ancient Middle East. We´ll even see an Egyptian mummy!! The visit to the museum is optional.
Boy´s Choir La Escolania: it is the oldest in Europe, even older than the Vienna Boy´s Choir! Formed by 50 boys between 10 and 14 years old. They study at the boarding school at Montserrat where they get a general education, plus singing and music lessons and training in at least two musical instruments. They perform almost every day at 1 PM, so if you like to listen to them, we´ll make sure to be there on time to have a place.
Mass at Montserrat
Mass is usually held at noon in the Catalan language. However, many international visitors attend it since the beauty of the interior of the Basilica and the singing of the monks is worth it. It is also possible to ask for a private mass for groups from abroad with their own priest.
Many locals visit Montserrat in their free time, especially on Sundays. Some visitors are looking for fresh air and hiking. Others want to attend mass, take communion, see the Black Madonna and light a candle to thank her for something. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, athletic, and outdoorsy, we will be more than happy to walk with you towards Sant Miquel, one of the most beautiful sites near the monastery, or to the fantastic views of Sant Joan. Just let us know!
If you are an art lover, you may like to visit the Museum of Montserrat, which shows a great collection of Caravaggio paintings, Picasso, Miró, Salvador Dali, among many others. Furthermore, the museum of Montserrat houses an important collection of archaeological sculptures of the Ancient Middle East. We´ll even see an Egyptian mummy!! The visit to the museum is optional.
Enjoy an amazing Montserrat private tour from Barcelona.
COMBO 1 : Montserrat with a Barcelona city tour! A great option if you don´t have too much time. Click here
COMBO 2 : Montserrat and the cave of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Manresa: if you are a religious person and you are particularly interested in the history of the Jesuits we highly recommend another of our best selling tours: Montserrat & Saint Ignatius of Loyola Cave
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, Pennsylvania
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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