Montserrat Guided Tour

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Duration: 4,5/5,5 hours
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Bestselling Monserrat Guided Tour.

A uniquely shaped mountain consisting of gray rock masses is one of the landmarks the heart of Catalonia is known for. There, you can admire breathtaking views and the image of Virgen de Montserrat. The protected landscape area is inhabited by squirrels, wild boars, and other species. Apart from the captivating panorama, you can also visit a quaint Benedictine shrine and a majestic sanctuary where La Moreneta, a 12th-century Romanesque-style statue of the Virgin Mary, is venerated. All of this is done in safe and comfy conditions provided by the Montserrat guided tour organized by MrShuttle.

The Montserrat Mountain was chosen by monks

Although we aren’t able to determine when exactly conventuals decided to build the Montserrat Monastery, it’s believed that four of the chapels were created back in the 9th century by hermit monks who devoted their lives to prayer. 

Unfortunately, only one chapel - St. Isle is still standing today and it welcomes thousands of travellers each year. Wondering why it’s worth choosing the Montserrat tour from Barcelona?

Get to know the history of the world’s famous Benedictine Monastery

The Monastery of Montserrat was officially founded in 1025 by the Abbot of Ripoli and Bishop of Vic. It continued to function peacefully for hundreds of years, but unfortunately, its more distressful times began in the 19th century.

The sanctuary was destroyed by Napoleon's army in 1811-1812 and monks were forced to leave it during the Spanish Civil War that took place between 1936-1939.

Fortunately, the monastery was reconstructed and tourists from all over the globe who take part in guided tours have the opportunity to visit the breathtaking area, listen about the life of monks and admire the breathtaking views, unique basilica and museum full of history.

Interestingly, many tourists decide to visit this site mainly due to the statue of Black Madonna, declared the patron saint of Catalonia. This remarkable figure dating back to the 12th century can be found above the altar in the Basilica of the Monastery. There, you can listen to a charming choir consisting of 50 boys who sing laudable songs in the honor of the sanctuary each day.

See what the life in the Montserrat Monastery looks like

Wondering what it would be like to live in a monastery? Or what do these monks do all day apart from the prayer? Well, it turns out that their life philosophy is pretty simple.

The Montserrat Monastery is inhabited by approximately 100 monks who decided to devote their lives to work and prayer. They follow the Order of St. Benedict and believe that every trait and every person is important.

The monks have various occupations - some of them manage the monastery and introduce pilgrims to its history while others work as academic teachers of history, liturgy, music, theology or Bible studies. 

Explore the Montserrat Museum

In 2006 the Montserrat Museum was declared the Museum of National Interest. Visiting this place gives you an unprecedented chance to admire works of real tycoons of the art world such as El Greco, Dali, Giordano and Monet. The museum abounds in both old and contemporary paintings, Byzantine icons as well as liturgical and archeological exhibits. It’s a must-see destination that will definitely soothe your soul.

Admire picturesque landscape

The Montserrat Mountain is located about 45 km from Barcelona, so getting there will allow you to admire picturesque landscapes and panoramic views. The monastery is surrounded by an enchanting park where you can hide in a shadow on a sunny day, enjoy fresh air and observe wild animals.

Such a place certainly favors contemplation and makes us slow down for a moment, which is extremely important in today's busy world.

The Montserrat guide tour from Barcelona

The market abounds in offers of Barcelona tours, however, there are specific reasons why you should choose services provided by MrShuttle!

Although it’s possible to get to the monastery by train or car, selecting our guided tour will definitely put your mind at ease. Why? Because you’ll be able to fully enjoy mesmerizing serpentine streets, peculiar shapes of the mountain and nature without worrying about catching a bus, finding money for tickets or constantly keeping an eye on your belongings.

The walking tour of Montserrat organized by MrShuttle means comfy transport, professional approach and unforgettable experiences. We cooperate with skilled tour guides ready to assist you and introduce you to the most critical pieces of information about the monastery. Our price includes entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat "Espai Audio visual Montserrat".

Entrance free for Montserrat Museum is not included on the tour. 

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  • Berat profile avatar

    I didn't expect as breathtaking panorama as i have seen. One of a kind experience.

  • Leah profile avatar

    I can't drive a car so professional tour was a necessity for me, but still - no regrets. Guide was very likeable and smart, and service was great.

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Our tour takes place at 9:15 a.m every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. From 26th of March to 31st of May it’s available at 2 p.m., from 1st of June to 31st of October at 3:45 p.m. and from 1st of November to 25th of March at 2 p.m. This creates plenty of opportunities to choose from and to visit Barcelona.

Pickup point

We will be waiting for you at Carrer de Balmes 5 in Barcelona.

Cancellation policy

We guarantee a full money refund if you resign at least 24 hours before the guided tour begins. If you don’t show up to the indicated place in Barcelona or resign less than 24 hours before the trip, you won’t receive a refund.

Professional guide

We cooperate with the most experienced and knowledgeable local guides who will happily introduce you to the most relevant facts about the monastery.

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Here you can find answers for frequently asked questions.

MrShuttle doesn’t provide food and drinks, hotel pick up or drop off, and tickets to Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and Montserrat Museum.

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Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserra
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