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Cardona and Montserrat Full Day with Brunch: Medieval castle, Salt mines and Monastery

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The Mountain of Sal of Cardona is a diaper that grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with elongated ellipse shape with an area of 1,800 m long

Highlights

  • Montserrat mountain is special for its rocks shape that remind of a human and animal appearance.
  • The Basilica de Montserrat holds the Montserrat Virgin, known as La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), which is the patron saint of Catalonia.
  • Visit the Cardona castle a modern fortress and parts of the old Castle of Cardona.
  • The Mountain of Sal of Cardona is a diaper that grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with elongated ellipse shape with an area of 1,800 m long

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Entrance and visit Cardona Castle.
  • Brunch composed by local food, one cup of cava and cava.
  • Entrance and visit to Salt mines.
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery.
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual 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.
  • Cog – Wheel Train.

Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Other services not specified.

Please Note

  • Starting Time: 09:00 AM / Check-in Time: 08:45 AM
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
  • This tour is bilingual.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona
  • Print your voucher and give it to your guide. E-voucher accepted.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 93 317 64 54 / incoming@julia.net
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the municipality of Cardona where is sited the old Salt mine. The Mountain of Sal of Cardona is a diaper that grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with elongated ellipse shape with an area of 1,800 m long by 600 wide and an area of 100 hectares, with natural characteristics that have it a fact deserving to be included in the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest of Catalonia.

Salt outcrops are located within this depression, so it was formerly known as the Saline, and today it is like Valle Salino.

After the closure of the mines the tourist exploitation of the area begins, creating the Cultural Park of the Mountain of Salt, a cultural equipment that was inaugurated in the year 2003 inside the enclosure of the Mine Nieves. In it you can see the history of the industrial exploitation of the Valley. You can also see the machinery of mineral extraction from the well, as it was when it was fully operational and you can visit the interior of the galleries of the Salt Mountain on a guided tour at 86 m depth.

We will continue to Cardona Castle. In this visit we offer you the opportunity to visit the modern fortress and parts of the old Castle of Cardona, built in 886 by Wilfredo “el Velloso” (the Downi); Of Romanesque and Gothic styles, includes the so-called Golden Room and the Sala dels Entresols. Its jewel is the tower of the Minyona (of century XI), of 15 meters of height and more than 10 meters in diameter, and the Romanesque church of San Vicente de Cardona.

During the fifteenth century, the dukes of Cardona were the most important family of the Crown of Aragon, only behind the Royal House. The members of this ducal house were known as "crownless kings," for they had extensive territorial dominions in Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia, and dynastic ties with the royal houses of Castile, Portugal, Sicily, and Naples. In 1714, after a siege, which largely destroyed the walls of the castle, Cardona was the last stronghold to surrender to the Bourbon troops of Philip V during the War of Succession. His citadel could not be taken, later. By Napoleon's troops.

After the visit to the castle you will go to a room where the Brunch composed by local food, one cup of wine and cava will be served.

After you finish the brunch we will drive to Montserrat Mountain. Its rocks were formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathe taking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

You will go up to Montserrat with the Cog – Wheel Train, which leaves you in the middle of the Monastery. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The train has panoramic windows which make the actual journey an interesting attraction. The train is air-conditioned and they are completely wheelchair-friendly.

You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat has been founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded.

You will be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.

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