Montserrat is a very important site for the Catalan people and has been one of the favorite landscapes of painters for centuries. Even some of the most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries have left their footprint in Montserrat, such as Gaudí, Domenech i Muntaner, and Puig i Cadafalch.
There’s a fascinating art museum in Montserrat with a wide range of paintings, including works by Ramón Casas and Santiago Rusiñol, two of the best-known Modernist artists. Benedictine monks believe that art and its beauty help us stay close to God. So, after visiting Montserrat we’ll head toward Sitges to enjoy lunch at some of its seaside restaurants. During the summer, we recommend starting at Sitges and going to Montserrat afterward, and in winter, the other way round.
One of the most important Modernist painters, Rusiñol, used to have a summer house in Sitges, which is now the Cau Ferrat Museum, a really interesting museum with a wide range of medieval and modern art, which is finally open again to visitors after a long and extensive renovation. We can say, without a doubt, that it was well worth the wait, as it looks fantastic. We can also enjoy the old part of Sitges on a leisurely walking tour.
Did you know that Facundo Bacardi was born in Sitges? And this is not the only connection between Sitges and Cuba, there’s much more; the “havaneres” (popular songs from Catalonia) and “chiringuitos” (beach bars) help forge a much closer link between the two places than you might imagine.
Enjoy the Montserrat & Sitges Tour with us and our expert drivers.
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.
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