Half-Day Montserrat Excursion
Discover the Holy Site of Montserrat
DURATION: UP TO 5-HOURS
Drive through the catalonian countryside to Montserrat. With an knowledgeable English-speaking guide, tour the Benedictine abbey of Montserrat Monastery which contains the most revered image in Catalonia, the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of the catalan people. You will be able to attend to a recital by the Escolania, one of the oldest choirs in Europe (if available) and visit the museum.
The adoration of the Virgin, The Moreneta of Montserrat extended all over South America when the monk Bernat Boil accompanied Christopher Columbus to the New World. It is said that an image of the Virgen de Montserrat appeared in a cave in the mountain. Situated 45 kilometres Northwest of Barcelona, the monastery was founded by Abbot Oliba in 1025, although there is evidence that in the year 888, there was a chapel dedicated to the Mother of God. In the 12th century the Romanesque church was built and in 1223, the first European School for child singers. Leon XIII declared the Virgin of Montserrat patron saint of Catalunya. In the year 1500, San Ignacio de Loyola arrived as a pilgrim.
The Museum contains paintings by artists such as El Greco, Picasso, and Dalí. There are even treasures from ancient Egypt, amongst which one of the most outstanding treasures is a mummy. Montserrat lost most of its heritage during the Napoleonic Wars. However, since the Monastery was restored in 1844, the Museum has formed a valuable collection of artistic works. Private donations, from the artists themselves, and the sensitivity of the monks have made this possible. The Museum is divided into different sections organised in an instructive way.
This 5-hour tour includes:
- Benedictine Abbey
- Escolania choir (if available)
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from your Barcelona city-centre hotel. At the conclusion of the tour, your driver will drop you off back at the hotel.
Includes: An expert English-speaking guide and car services for up to 5-hours, Entrance Fees to Montserrat Monastery.
Excludes: Driver & Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.