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Montserrat Full Day and Santa Cecilia monastery with optional museum admission ticket - English Only

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Discover two of the most mystic Catalan wonders on our full day tour. See the Black Madonna known as La Moreneta in the Basilica of Montserrat. Enjoy an exclusive visit of the sacristy by the hand of a local guide and imagine the many lives lived by the monks at the site through the centuries. Finally, you will visit the exclusive Santa Cecilia monastery and enjoy an audio guided tour of the same!

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.
  • L’Escolania, the children’s choir, takes part in the sanctuary prayers with sacred music (performances subject to the school calendar).
  • Breathtaking views of this natural park and towns around are enjoyed from the mountain.

Included

  • Transportation on an air conditioned coach.
  • Tour operated in English.
  • Radio guide system.
  • Exclusive entrance to the Sacristy.
  • Exclusive entrance to Santa Cecilia monastery.
  • Admission ticket to the Montserrat museum (if option selected).
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors of the area.
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • Discounts for some of the main attractions: 20% off in the Sant Joan Funicular ticket, 10% off in the Museum entrance fee, 10% off in the buffet restaurant at the “Mirador dels Apostols”.

Excluded

  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Ticket for the funicular in Montserrat.

Please Note

  • This tour is monolingual.

Restrictions

  • In order to cancel the booking with no penalties you must contact us at least 24 hours in advance.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain in Barcelona city center. Please refer to your documentation for more information.
  • It will not be necessary to print the voucher

Board a coach from our office in central Barcelona to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name 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 later. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.

After the guided tour you will be given about 3 hours of free time. Then, you can shop for locally produced treats, have lunch, listen to one of the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe (subject to their schedule), visit the audio visual exhibition, visit the museum (if option selected) or taste the finest liquors made in the region. Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can hike to.

Join your guide back again around 3PM for the second part of the visit, an exclusive guided tour of the Sacristy. Back on the bus we will drive to Santa Cecilia, first monastery built in the mountain. This construction is located in a privileged and peaceful natural terrace with breathtaking views of the peaks. Enjoy the artistic intervention of the Irish painter Sean Scully and be amazed by its fusion of Christian and avant-garde artworks.

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