Barcelona Full Day: City Highlights and Montserrat with Cog-Wheel Train

Day tour
10h 30min
Barcelona

Barcelona Full Day: City Highlights and Montserrat with Cog-Wheel Train

Check in at our office in Barcelona Estació del Nord and meet your guide.

For the first part of the activity, enjoy a walking tour of the
Born neighborhood and the Gothic Quarter. Stroll down one of the most important streets in the city until you reach the Cathedral of Barcelona. Walk the narrow streets of the oldest part of the city and discover the many secrets it holds. Marvel at the quaint medieval places hidden to the crowds and learn about their huge historical significance. Follow your guide through the streets of Born neighborhood, on the way to the bus you will see Santa Maria del Mar.

Board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour through the city. Discover the changes to the coastline of Barcelona for the Olympic Games in 1992. See the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman’s quarter from the bus, called Barceloneta. Head to the Montjuïc Mountain, main scenery of the Olympic Games in 1992. Ride the cable car for amazing views over the city. At the end of the tour, you will stop in the MNAC viewpoint to see one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. During the way back to the office, the bus will drive through Passeig de Gracia and you will see some of the most emblematic Gaudi buildings such as Casa Batlló and la Pedrera.

Check in back again at our office in Estació del Nord before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and come aboard an air-conditioned coach to Montserrat.

After a 1h drive on the highway, board the cog-wheel train up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views. Admire the Mountain’s peculiar morphology, which comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth.

Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.

Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audio-visual exhibition once our guided tour finishes.

Included

  • Montjuïc cable car ride.
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors of the area.
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • Transportation on an air conditioned coach.
  • Local guide. 
  • Tour operated in both Spanish and English.
  • Radio guide system.

Not Included

  • Entrance to the Cathedral of Barcelona.
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.

Additional information

  • You have approximately 1 hour and 15 min of free time for lunch (from April to October) and 30 min (from November to March) between both parts of the excursions. Lunch not included.
  • From the end of January to the beginning of March the cable car is under maintenance (days to concrete). The service will be replaced by the Port Cable Car.
  • The duration of the tour includes transportation.
  • A dress code is required to enter the Basilica in Montserrat. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. No flip flops permitted.
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • Please note this activity includes walking long distances. Wear appropriate attire. 
  • Julià Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary or cancel the tour due to events being celebrated in the city or force majeure reasons.

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Meeting point

Julia Travel office, Estació del Nord, ground floor, platform 19. Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80

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