As many of you know, when you come to Barcelona there are many sights to visit in the city, but the surprise is that there also so many sights to see nearby that would leave you astonished. Here we are going to talk about Montserrat, one of the more lovely places that offer you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.
Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain range near Barcelona. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The main peaks are Sant Jeroni, Montgrós, and Miranda de les Agulles. When visiting this place, you will learn about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported, the World famous Montserrat Choir boys recitals along with details on the mountain walks with breathtaking views.
During your visit here you will be able to enjoy some interesting walks through the mountains where you will experience magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. Also, you will be able to listen to the famous Basilica choir boy performances of Gregorian chants and other genres of religious choral music.
How to get to Montserrat?
You can visit Monserrat in a Tour or by car.
In a tour:
Private tour with driver:
We can organize a private tour with a driver that has basic knowledge. The driver speaks English and can tell you about basic information about Barcelona and Catalunya. Also, this private transfer can be done with an extra guide. If you wish more historical details, a guide would be a plus but we would say it is not necessary for the visit of Montserrat. Tour would have to be of a minimum of 4 hours taking into account that it takes you 1h to go there from Barcelona.
– Public tours with a group of around 25 people.
Here you have 2 types of classical group tours, you can choose which one works better for you.
Easy Montserrat Tour – 6 hours tour
This tour runs every day (except on Saturday) from 10:00 to 16:00 (you will be asked to be at the meeting point 20 min before).
Meeting point: Plaça de Catalunya, 9
Price: 46€ approx per person (free for child under 8)
It includes Montserrat rack railway ticket, an Introductory visit to the abbey, Choral performance by the Escolania (subject to the school’s timetables).
Climb up Montserrat on one of the only two rack railways still in operation in Catalonia!
Premium Montserrat & Gaudí Tour – 8/9 hours tour
This tour runs every day (except on Sunday) from 08:30 to 17:00 (be at the meeting point 20 min before)
Meeting point: Plaça de Catalunya, 14
Price: 68€ approx per person (free for child under 8)
It includes Guided visit to the Gaudí crypt, Glass of cava, Rack railway train ticket to Montserrat, Introductory visit to Montserrat, Guided visit to the Escolania de Montserrat, Montserrat Museum ticket.
On the other hand, driving from Barcelona to Montserrat is a good option for getting to the monastery quickly and conveniently. You will be able to drive right up to the monastery and there is the option of free parking once you have arrived. If you would like to park for free you can park at either the rack railway or the cable car stations. The drive will see you head inland from Barcelona and as you approach Montserrat you will be able to get some views from below the Mountain and the surrounding area.
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We hope you like Montserrat as much as we do. Enjoy it!