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Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

Barcelona, Spain
Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

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Make a pilgrimage to Santa Maria de Montserrat, a monastery near Barcelona and one of Spain's key religious sites, during this visit. Join your guide as you scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train, enjoying striking vistas of the mountain's surreal rock formations and Barcelona off in the distance. Then visit Benedictine abbey and the Royal Basilica, to view La Moreneta (the Dark One) a 12th-century carving of Our Lady of Montserrat. This Montserrat visit also includes entrance fees and transport by air-conditioned coach.
  • Tour of Santa Maria de Montserrat from Barcelona, led by a guide
  • Ride the cogwheel train up Montserrat mountain for panoramic views of Catalonia
  • Visit the Benedictine Santa Maria de Montserrat, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites
  • See the 12th-century La Moreneta and learn about its importance in Spanish cultural and spiritual life

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combines a tour of Montserrat with a ride on the mountain cogwheel train, all in just a half a day.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Expert bilingual guide
Cog-wheel train ride
Tasting of 4 typical liquors made by the monks of the monastery
Radio guide system
Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Julià Travel Gray Line Spain, Estació del Nord, ground floor, platform 19

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore one of Spain's most important religious sites at Montserrat, a monastery situated high above the city of Barcelona in greater Catalonia. The spot offers sublime views, a variety of religious artifacts, and insight into the history and spiritual traditions of this region of Spain.

Begin your excursion by boarding an air-conditioned coach in central Barcelona, continuing on a ride through the scenic landscapes of Catalonia on your way to Montserrat. Your guide provides details about the region's history as you go, offering details about the mountain of Montserrat and the monastery that lies near its peak.

Upon reaching the foot of the mountain, climb aboard a cogwheel train for the climb to the peak, enjoying panoramic views along the way. Listen as your guide explains how hundreds of years of erosion have sculpted the striking pink rocks visitors see today. Make sure to also keep your camera handy for great shots of the mountain's unique rock formations with Barcelona and Catalonia in the distance.

Arrive at Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Benedictine abbey that occupies the mountaintop. Learn about the critical role the monastery plays in the cultural and spiritual traditions of Catalonia via an audiovisual presentation. Then check out the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, situated adjacent to the monastery. The Basilica is home to the 12th-century wooden carving of Our Lady of Montserrat, a sacred object also known as La Moreneta (the Dark One).

Spend some free time exploring the grounds at your leisure, stopping at the monastery gift shop for a tasting of three local liquors. Then head back to your air-conditioned coach for the trip back Barcelona, stopping at the original departure point.
Stop At:  
Montana de Montserrat
Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color. You will climb the mountain inside the Rack Railway (Cog-Wheel Train).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
During the first part of the tour you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy de fabulous land scape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit de audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Note that the La Escolania children's choir does not perform in the afternoon
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Also, bring a warm jacket as it gets really cold up there." See review
  • "Also all restaurants close early so if hungry grab some food before going off on your own." See review
  • "Expensive,its mainly the bus trsnsportation and guide spesks both Spsnish and English so you have to listen to both." See review


604 Reviews

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, Mar 2020
Enjoyed the visit to Montserrat Monastery very much, the views were breathtaking from the top, the monastery inside was beautiful, and was pleased to see the black madona and child.
, Mar 2020
Great place!!!!! We did not get to ride the train due to an accident . But it worked out fine. We loved the outing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Montserrate tour with Aaron
, Mar 2020
We had a great time on the tour of Monserrat with Aaron. He was very enthusiastic and made the tour enjoyable. The views are awesome and the cathedral beautiful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tour Guide Aaron and Montserrat
, Jan 2020
I love the place and thrilled to go back there. Guide Aaron was very pleasant, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the place. It seems like it was the best time to visit Montserrat as there were not a lot of tourists when we arrived.
Nice afternoon get away from the City
John L
, Dec 2019
The guide was very cheery, able to give good background as to history of Monserrat and Monastery. Very beautiful Basilica, worth the trip. Book a longer trip if you really wish to explore. We did half day, didn’t leave much time.
Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train
, Dec 2019
excellent tour, guide was very knowledgeable. view was excellent on the way to Montserrat Monastery.
Monastery in the mountains
David A
, Dec 2019
We really enjoyed this trip, the Monastery has a lot of everything for everyone. It has option for trail walk, a museum, children's choir and of course the Cathedral. The operator tour Juliá didn’t explain you about it’s avoid to eat and drink in the bus, the food in the souvenir store is expensive and not really from Monserrat if you look the tags, it’s better to shop products out of the monastery, there are local seller y local products, they are cheaper and delicious.
, Nov 2019
This tour was good but a short time in Monserrat. We wished that we had more time to admire and explore more. However, the guide was knowledgeable and professional.
Great views
, Nov 2019
Amazing views. Incredible mountains. I couldn't believe they could build something so far up the mountain.
Montserrat monastery with cog-wheel train tour
, Nov 2019
The tour was good but the bus that was used was old and smelly already .The operator must be advised not to use this bus anymore .The guide was good

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