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Barcelona Full Day: Montserrat & Artistic Tour

Barcelona Full Day: Montserrat & Artistic Tour

10 hours From
AU$159 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tour
  • Duration
    10 hours
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-1303
  • Operating Days
    Daily
10 hours From
AU$159 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tour
  • Duration
    10 hours
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-1303
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Escorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide AdmissionAdmission Guided walking tour of Park Güell with admission ticketsInclusionInclusion Radio guide systemActivityActivity Liquor tastingTourTour Guided walking tour outside of Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gràcia TransportationTransportation Air-conditioned luxury coach

Summary

This tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations and one of Barcelona's famous landmark, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.

Departure Time: 9:15 AM

Meeting Point: Balmes, 5 (Barcelona)

Itinerary

MONTSERRAT TOUR: Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The mountain receives its name for its peculiar morphology. In 1987 Montserrat was declared a Natural Park to ensure its conservation. The highest peak is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters above sea level.

The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day, the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color. The color is the result of a reaction caused by varnish. La Moreneta´s holiday is on April 27th.

Due to the legend of the Madonna, the mountain has been linked with spirituality.  Besides the main monastery of Santa María de Montserrat, there is a great number of small churches and chapels, some of them abandoned. The main monastery stands at 720 meters above sea level. Nowadays there is a community of 80 monks that live there and follow the rule of Saint Benedict. 

During the first part of the tour, you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy the fabulous landscape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit the audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.

What to visit in Montserrat?

  • La Moreneta: the most popular option, both for the locals and the foreigners. Depending on the time of the year there can be a long queue.
  • Escolanía: one of the oldest Boys Choir in Europe. They usually have concerts on weekdays at 13:00. It is recommended to consult the timetable.
  • Museum: wide variety of archeological and an art gallery with works from medieval times to avant-garde. The entrance to the museum is not included in the tour. Time to visit is approximately two hours.
  • Funicular of Sant Joan and funicular of the Santa Cova: The funiculars offer the possibility of get to different points of the mountain. The price of the tickets are not included in the tour and it is recommended to consult the timetable.
  • Hiking routes: The Mountain has many hiking routes. The routes are long and it can take hours to finish them. A good option is to walk to the cross of Sant Miguel (approximately 15 minutes away from the monastery), it offers one of the best panoramic views of the mountain and the monastery.

ARTISTIC TOUR: Departure at 03:30pm and check in at 03:15pm.

Barcelona is known as the capital of Modernism and the place where the famous architect Antoni Gaudí worked and lived. Visit some of the most important works. The first part of the visit consists in a walking tour around the exterior of la Sagrada Familia, where you will discover its history and the symbolism hidden behind its ornamentation. Back to the bus, access the upper part of Barcelona, where Park Güell is located with an incredible panoramic views of the city. The Park is one of the most emblematic works of Gaudí because he displayed all his creative talent with a naturalistic and organic style. The park has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Finish the tour with a nice walk through one of the most important streets in Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia, where apart from prestigious brand shops, you can find some buildings in modernist style, among them Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló. The tour will end up in front la Casa Batlló, only ten minutes walking distance from Catalunya Square.

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Radio guide system
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors and entrance to the audio visual “Espai Audio visual Montserrat” exhibition in 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.
  • Guided walking tour of Park Güell with admission tickets
  • Guided walking tour outside of the Sagrada Familia
  • Guided walking tour of Passeig de Gràcia (Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló)

Exclusions

  • Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló admission tickets
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Important Notes

    • Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour, please be ready and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
    • There is approximately 35 min between both parts of the excursions, during this time you will be able to get lunch (not included) in the city center of Barcelona.
    • Proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or flip flops.
    • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
    • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.

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