Barcelona Excursion: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat with Gentle Hike

Montserrat is a uniquely shaped mountain and Natural Park, and reaches over 4000 feet high. Montserrat means ‘sawed mountian’ in Catalan, when you see it you will understand why. Visible for miles, with an odd formation of rounded peaks that jut into the sky (its name means “serrated mountain” due to the shape of these peaks), there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered throughout the mountain, in addition to the extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views.

The drive alone is picturesque as you pass along the Llobregat River to the foot of the spectacular Montserrat mountain, a natural park, and then up to the Sanctuary 725m (2380 feet) above sea level. Your guide will entertain you with tales of the history and legends of the mountain, the monastery, and the shrine.

Barcelona Excursion: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat – Exploring the Abbey and Hiking

On arrival to Montserrat your guide will give a tour to show you the Benedictine Abbey and explain its rich history to you.

Following the visit to the Abbey it’s time for a walk up the mountain.  You will follow the path up the mountain and pass many natural viewpoints with stunning views of the abbey and the surrounding area. The hike continues to the top of the mountain where you will have the chance to take some photos and enjoy a tasty Catalan snack.

The descent will take you through the forest and back to the Abbey.  Here you will have some free time to check out more of the area.

Other places of interest include the basilica, a museum with a marvellous collection of paintings and the Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops, and an artisanal products farmer’s market.

You may catch the boys choir singing the famous Escolania de Montserrat

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If our Montserrat tour has left you wanting more or you would like to see more of Barcelona city, try our Private Tour with Transport or a Private Walking Tour in the Old Town.

  • Free Cancellation! Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
  • Small group limited to 8 participants
  • Duration 6 hours, starting time 8:00 AM
  • Meeting point: Passeig de Gràcia 26 (in front of El Nacional restaurant).
INCLUDES Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan

Professional English/Spanish-speaking guide

Bottle of water

Typical Catalan snacks

Personal insurance

NOT INCLUDED Guide gratuities (optional)
Hotel pick-up and drop off
IMPORTANT INFORMATION  Wear hiking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing

Please note that the choir only performs Monday to Friday

There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this excursion

Please bring a mask for visiting indoor attractions

Main Attractions:

  • Montserrat Abbey
  • Mountain walk
  • Basilica
  • Museum
  • Farmer’s market
  • Souvenir shop
  • Cafe / Bar
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