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Montserrat Afternoon Tour from Barcelona with Guided Monastery Visit

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Visit Montserrat in the afternoon and enjoy the atmosphere of this enchanting mountain without the morning crowds. See the spectacular mountain and views, ancient monastery and holy shrine - an incomparable place not to be missed.

  • Discover one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in Spain, avoiding the morning crowds
  • Visit the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat and enjoy breathtaking views from the holy mountain
  • See the iconic Black Madonna, patron saint of Catalonia
  • Enjoy free time to visit at you own pace


Meet your guide in downtown Barcelona for an afternoon tour to Montserrat, and avoid all the morning crowds!

Enjoy a picturesque drive along the Llobregat River up to Montserrat (located about an hour from Barcelona) aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned bus with big windows.

Montserrat is unique Natural Park, and a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky.

It is home of a Benedictine monastery that is nearly 1000 years old and perched halfway up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. Its beautiful basilica features the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat known as La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys' school devoted to the study of music.

As silence must be kept inside the church, your guide will give you a brief orientation to guide you to the main places of interest: Monastery, Basilica, Our Lady's Chapel with the 12th Century figure of Our Lady of Montserrat, Museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops, and home products market.

On this tour, your guide will entertain you with tales, history and legends of the mountain, the monastery and the shrine ; and you will be able to marvel at extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views.

Montserrat also hosts a library of nearly 300,000 volumes, a basilica full of paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dali among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt.

You will have free time to dedicate to whatever aspects of this beautiful and spiritual place you prefer.

The return journey will be an alternative route entertained by a variety of traditional Catalan music!


15:00 - Departure by bus from the meeting point

16:05 - Arrival to Montserrat

16:05 to 16:45 - Guided visit of Montserrat

16:45 to 18:00 - Free time to explore Montserrat at your own pace. The tour guide will explain the different options you have.

18:00 - Departure from Montserrat

19:10 - Arrival to the meeting point in Plaza Catalunya


  • Ticket to Montserrat Monastery

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Montserrat Afternoon Tour

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Ticket to Montserrat Monastery / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide


  • 14:45

    Check in at Plaça Catalunya

  • Drive to Parc Natural de Montserrat (1 hour)

    Board a roomy air-conditioned bus and travel to Montserrat. En route to your destination, marvel at the panoramic views of landscapes and mountains surrounding Barcelona. See the Montserrat, a majestic mountain with distinct jagged shapes and rounded peaks, a true natural haven.

  • The Monastery and Black Madonna

    Halfway up the mountain, visit the 1000-year-old Benedictine monastery, the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. Here, you will see the Virgin of Montserrat known as the Black Madonna or La Moreneta in Spanish. The statue represents a seated Black Virgin with the child Jesus on her lap.

  • Sanctuary of Montserrat

    Roam around the vast premises of the sanctuary at your own leisure. You can visit the Museum of Montserrat or browse through the market stalls and local restaurants.

  • 19:00

    Tour ends at Plaça Catalunya

Adult/Child ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Upgrade: Montserrat Overnight Tour + Funicular, Museum & Audiovisual Space Entry

Duration: 28:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Ticket to Montserrat Monastery / Sant Joan Funicular ticket / Entry to Museum and audiovisual center of Montserrat / Mató Fresh Cheese Tasting / 1 night hotel accommodation / Breakfast / Dinner / Transportation fee / Admission fee / English-speaking guide


  • Day 1
  • 14:45

    Check-in at Plaça Catalunya

  • 15:00


    Upon arrival at Montserrat, you will receive an introduction to the monastery and the activities you can take part by way of an orientation tour. Check in at the hotel with your guide's assistance and have the rest of the evening for yourself.

  • Evening at the Montserrat Monastery

    Embrace the calm, tranquil atmosphere as evening sets in. Now you can admire the famous Black Madonna (La Moreneta) statue without having to line up. Attend the vesper service where you can listen to the transcendent voices of the Montserrat monks and the boys' choir with a more intimate gathering.

  • Overnight Stay

    Stay at a pleasant hotel in Montserrat and enjoy your dinner (included).

  • Day 2
  • Leisure Day at Montserrat

    Have breakfast at your hotel (included) and be ready to explore Montserrat in earnest. Plan your journey out as you please.

  • Montserrat Museum and Audiovisual Center

    Visit the museum showcasing ancient Egyptian artifacts as well as a priceless collection from renowned painters such as Caravaggio, Dali, El Greco and Picasso. Enter the audiovisual room for an interactive discovery of Montserrat's story and the abbey's inner workings. Try some fresh Mató cheese.

  • Sant Joan Funicular

    Ride the funicular and travel up the rack railway where you can marvel at the sweeping views of Montserrat from the top. Once you reach the station, you can take several walking trails. Choose to take the railway going back or take a relaxing trek back to the monastery through one of the routes.

  • Optional Activities

    At your own expense, you can have lunch at a restaurant in the monastery area and sample some local Montserrat specialties such as honey and jam in the museum area.

  • 17:30

    Meet your guide and return to Barcelona

  • 19:00

    Tour ends at Plaça Catalunya

Irina was a well informed tour guide for our trip to Montserrat! She made the experience informative and pleasant. I would highly recommend this tour.


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  • (For Check-In) Plaça de Catalunya (Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain) Time: 14:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Plaça de Catalunya (Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 19:00:00

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  • (For Check-In) Plaça de Catalunya (Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain) Time: 14:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Plaça de Catalunya (Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 19:00:00

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  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

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  • Warm weather can be expected from June to September while cold weather sets in from December to February. The rest of the year has mild weather. Please dress accordingly.

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  • Walking shoes

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  • Silence must be observed inside the church so the guide will give all the explanations outside.

Montserrat Afternoon Tour
  • The tour price excludes ticket for the funicular railway, Audiovisual Space of Montserrat and liquor tasting at Montserrat.

Upgrade: Montserrat Overnight Tour + Funicular, Museum & Audiovisual Space Entry
  • The Escolania children's choir sings in the evening on school dates from Monday to Thursday, together with the Montserrat monks. On Fridays the Vespers, Salve Regina and Motet will be performed by the Montserrat monks.

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Irina was a well informed tour guide for our trip to Montserrat! She made the experience informative and pleasant. I would highl...y recommend this tour. more


Our tour guide was fantastic, lots of useful and interesting information, great secenary and very friendly driver.

Definitely recommend :)

(Sorry can't remember the tour guides name - Anna-Louisa possibly, afternoon tues 21st Nov)


We came at the best time to visit the basilica. Our group was the only ones there and we could take our time. The sunset was beaut...iful! more


It was very nice trip, maybe more time would be better, but it was very nice. City Discovery did help me out a lot, since I some h...ow booked the wrong date for the tour and only saw it day before we were going to leave, they did fax the voucher to my hotel and were very help full !!!!!!!!!!


A must see. Tour guide was very professional and helpful.


The Montserrat Tour was a truely amazing experience.
I recommend the tour highly to anyone who wants to experience klostret...
Monestir de Montserrat surrounding by mountains in a beautiful, natural setting.


Spectacular place to visit, breath taking views. Tour guide very knowledgable and friendly and even played Catalan music on the wa...y back. more


The afternoon tour of Montserrat covers the uniquely shaped mountains near Barcelona and the monastery with the Black Madonna. The... views from the terrace of the monastery are fabulous. more

Kah Kay

Wonderful day trip. High recommended!


Beautiful place to visit. half day is not enough. Bring a cardigan if visiting during summer as it can get really windy and chilly.... more


Fantastic guide was excellent perfect amount of time on the mountain unless you want to go on the walks then you would need a ful...l day tour. more


No improvements recommended at this time


I found the site very user friendly. The only problem was once I had paid by entering my credit card I never received a confirmati...on page . I was about to start all over again but luckily I checked my email and saw the 2 emails . Not sure if this was my system side issue or yours . more


Well organised and gave a lot of informations during the trip. Worth it. Strongly recommend it.


have been on quite a few tours with this company. staff very friendly and informative. would highly recommend


We could arrange the small group tour avoiding disturbance from heavy tourist. Late sunset would be the perfect condition to visit... as well. I would like to recommend the dinner in restaurant nearby Port(Barceloneta station) after tour. more


The tour and tour guide were excellent. Don't miss this amazing trip.


Excellent tour and really good and friend guides


Very good, the guide Abel was excellent, very imfomative, caring and entertaining.


Perfect tour for an afternoon.
Our guide , Irina , was excellent. She gave us the history on the drive to Monserrat and als...
o while
When we arrived. She answered all questions and important information for options during our free time. Really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it.


We enjoyed the tour - the landscape and the monastery. must visit and enjoy the telepherique


Excelleny tour
IRINA made this tour fabulous with historical facts. Special tour shouldn't be missed


We have recommended the tour to relatives who will be in the area. I think the afternoon format was great. PS..why not have your d...irections read: Look for the guides holding the orange umbrellas. We went to the square the night before to look for umbrellas and find the meeting place. more


spacatular views, afternoon was perfect


It was an informative tour with plenty of time to explore the site. The guide Laura is a delightful person with a considerable kno...wledge. She is an asset to your company. I have not loaded our photos onto the computer as yet but we found Montserrat a visual delight. more


We loved this and seeing Montserrat is a must if you are visiting Barcelona. I do feel though that this tour is a little rushed an...d we could have probably used one more hour on the mountain. more


Very enjoyable and interesting. The driver Jesus was very pleasant . The guide was very friendly and very informative.Would have l...iked to have more time for activity at Montserrat {time for prayer, shopping (at the market stalls , to enjoy the scenery from the mountain top.I found it rather rushed. Would have liked a longer time at Montserrat.Otherwise would recommend this trip to others.beautiful scenerand the spiritual experience at the shrine of Our Lady more


The trip was ideal for half a day. The guide and the transportation was good. The place is wonderful.


Beautiful Monastery, located at the top of a huge mountain, with amazing views of the valley... you can go up to the mountain top ...with the funicular or through some walking trails, but there's not enought time to do it all, specially if you stay in line to see the black madonna. When leaving, buy great cheese at the vendors outside! more


Lovely and calming place.


Lovely and calming place.


i have been before but it was my friends first time very enjoyable trip.


It is s good option.


I highly recommend visiting Montserrat, but I would not suggest booking through this tour company. The only good things about this... tour were the comfortable bus used to get there and experiencing Montserrat. In regards to the tour, the guide was horrible. Not only did she provide hardly any historical information, but the little she did say was hardly understandable due to her lack of English. In addition, they provide no water or option for refreshments of any kind for the more than two hour round-trip bus ride. If you're thinking about booking this tour, I suggest you save the money and just buy round trip transportation; at least this way you'll be able to choose how much time you spend in Montserrat, which definitely requires more than the allowance given in this tour. Booking through City-Discovery was great, but the tour didn't live up to the expectations. more


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