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Montserrat & Santa Cecilia Church Guided Visit with Audiovisual Space, Liquor Tasting & Brunch in Small Groups

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Take a small group tour in a luxury minibus to Montserrat Monastery and Santa Cecilia Church, Montserrat hidden treasure. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat as well as the Montserrat audiovisual exhibition. Taste liquor made by the monks of Montserrat. Indulge in a delicious brunch in the courtyard of Santa Cecilia Church The tour is guided in English only!

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Description

Meet your guide in downtown Barcelona and board the comfortable air-conditioned luxury micro-bus that will take you to to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). The rocks of Montserrat were formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breath taking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

Upon arrival, enjoy an early visit to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat before it gets crowded. This Sanctuary holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat has been founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded.

You will be given some free time to visit the audiovisual exhibition Espai de Montserrat. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site.

Then, taste four typical liquors of Montserrat.

After the visit we will take you to the Montserrat hidden treasure, the ancient monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, located in a privileged and peaceful place on a natural terrace that offers extraordinary views of the emblematic cliffs of Montserrat , the valleys and also the Pyrenees on clear days.

You will enjoy an audio-guided visit of the church that is one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. The nobility of the church has been conserved over the centuries. This is a quality that the well-known Irish painter SEAN SCULLY ably reflects in his artistic intervention in the interior, where he has created an exceptional ensemble of painting and stained glass. His work makes Santa Cecilia one of the most outstanding sites in the world for its magnificent fusion of Christianity and avant-garde art. This is a unique in which to appreciate and feel history, art and spirituality in close contact with the natural beauty of Montserrat itself.

After the visit you will continue your unforgettable experience enjoying a delicious brunch paired with wines on the porch or beautiful courtyard inside the enclosure.

After the brunch we will return to Barcelona.

Includes

  • 4 typical liquors

  • Entry to Espai Audiovisual Montserrat exhibition

  • Audio-guided visit to Santa Cecilia Church

  • Brunch at Santa Cecilia Church
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Montserrat & Santa Cecilia Church Guided Visit with Audiovisual Space, Liquor Tasting & Brunch in Small Groups

Duration: 7:30 hour(s)
Available: Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: 4 typical liquors Entry to Espai Audiovisual Montserrat exhibition Audio-guided visit to Santa Cecilia Church Brunch at Santa Cecilia Church

Excellent tour and I would thoroughly recommend it. It leaves Barcelona at 8am which is a perfect time for getting to Montserrat before the big crowds arrive, and which also means you don't have to queue for very long to see the wonderful Black Virgin in the monastery - only about 10 minutes in our case. Our group was small, only 7 people, and the luxury min-bus was extremely comfortable and well-driven around the curvy mountain roads when we got near Montserrat. During the journey out of Barcelona, our guide, the very knowledgable and friendly Veronica, gave us some interesting background on the history and culture of that city, plus she pointed out important buildings and monuments along the way. As we got nearer to our destination we could see views of Montserrat from below - stunning. Once up the mountain, with very few tourists in sight, we were taken to the monastery to see the Virgin, a special experience, and learned some of the history of the place. After that there was enough free time to look around, see the magnificent views, and even go on one of the shorter walks - then it was back to the bus and on up the hill to Santa Cecília - a gem of a Romanesque church, which has been beautifully restored and now houses a permanent exhibition of wonderful glass works and paintings by world renowned Irish abstract artist Sean Scully. You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate this moving and meditative installation. And the best thing was that the day we went, a Thursday, the church is opened ONLY to people on this particular tour. At this time of year that is the only way you will see it during the week. Our tour guide gave us an introduction to the exhibition be then we were left to enjoy it with or without the audio-visual guide. A very special experience, and only on this tour! Afterwards a delicious tapas and wine lunch is served in the courtyard... then the drive back to Barcelona, and we were back about 3pm. Magical day.

Pauline

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Schedule

  • 07:45

    Check in at Julia Travel Office

  • 08:00

    Depart to Montserrat

    Ride on a luxury micro-bus and enjoy a scenic drive to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet. Gaze at the stunning views of the mountain, incredible rock formations and beautiful landscape.

  • Royal Basilica of Montserrat

    Beat the crowd on an early visit to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat home of the Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia's patron saint. See the famous 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of the Black Madonna from a distance.

  • Free Time

    You will may visit the audiovisual exhibition presenting the history of Montserrat. Also, you may try to sample some typical liquors of Montserrat.

  • Brunch at Santa Cecilia de Montserrat

    Proceed to an audio-guided visit of the ancient monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat situated on a natural terrace that offers you a fantastic view of the cliffs and valleys. Afterwards, you will have a sumptuous brunch with wines on the parch or courtyard inside the area.

  • 15:00

    End of Tour

  • (For Check-In) Julia Travel Office (Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona) Time: 07:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Julia Travel Office (Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona) Time: 15:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Julia Travel Office (Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona) Time: 07:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Julia Travel Office (Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona) Time: 15:00:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • 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.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 15.

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Reviews

Excellent tour and I would thoroughly recommend it. It leaves Barcelona at 8am which is a perfect time for getting to Montserrat b...efore the big crowds arrive, and which also means you don't have to queue for very long to see the wonderful Black Virgin in the monastery - only about 10 minutes in our case. Our group was small, only 7 people, and the luxury min-bus was extremely comfortable and well-driven around the curvy mountain roads when we got near Montserrat. During the journey out of Barcelona, our guide, the very knowledgable and friendly Veronica, gave us some interesting background on the history and culture of that city, plus she pointed out important buildings and monuments along the way. As we got nearer to our destination we could see views of Montserrat from below - stunning. Once up the mountain, with very few tourists in sight, we were taken to the monastery to see the Virgin, a special experience, and learned some of the history of the place. After that there was enough free time to look around, see the magnificent views, and even go on one of the shorter walks - then it was back to the bus and on up the hill to Santa Cecília - a gem of a Romanesque church, which has been beautifully restored and now houses a permanent exhibition of wonderful glass works and paintings by world renowned Irish abstract artist Sean Scully. You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate this moving and meditative installation. And the best thing was that the day we went, a Thursday, the church is opened ONLY to people on this particular tour. At this time of year that is the only way you will see it during the week. Our tour guide gave us an introduction to the exhibition be then we were left to enjoy it with or without the audio-visual guide. A very special experience, and only on this tour! Afterwards a delicious tapas and wine lunch is served in the courtyard... then the drive back to Barcelona, and we were back about 3pm. Magical day. more

Pauline

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