If you are visiting Barcelona before, during, or after your cruise, or simply in town on holiday, you must take advantage of this great opportunity to take the short trek to Montserrat. This 5.5-hour excursion is led by an English-speaking, expert guide who will take you on a journey through history and nature. Upon meeting at a central location and utilizing safe, private transportation throughout, your experience begins in the upper part of Passeig de Gracia as you slowly become enveloped in the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia's most emblematic mountain.
On the way to the Monastery, you will admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Upon arrival, you will explore the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day with over 150 monks. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (the dark one), who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring history alive through their dynamic presentation of both the historical and cultural elements of this Monastery, dating back nearly a thousand years.
Following your time in the monastery, your ticket will allow you to board a funicular railway where you will observe the area's fascinating flora and fauna. One of the best-specialized guides in Montserrat Natural Park will lead you on an hour-long, relaxing trek through this splendid setting while spectacular views abound. Upon the completion of your excursion, you may further explore or return to your hotel or cruise ship in Barcelona at your leisure and own expense.
Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day shore excursionn to spend a fun day in nature, just an hour away from Barcelona. Also, enjoy the amazing voices of the Escolania de Montserrat Boy's Choir. Enjoy a beautiful guided hike!