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Early tour Montserrat & S. Cecilia church with brunch - small group

Montserrat

Itinerary

We offer you an early and privileged visit to the magnificent Montserrat mountain followed by an unforgettable visit to the hidden treasure of Montserrat, “Santa Cecilia Church”. This was the first monastery of the Mountain, where you will be able to admire one of the most outstanding sites in the world thanks to its magnificent fusion of Christianity and avant-garde art.

Start your half day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable bus towards the mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically up to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range formed of sedimentary rocks shaped by the wind and rain. The popular imagination has seen human or and animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

You will enjoy an early visit to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat before it gets crowded. This Sanctuary 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 was 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, miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending the pilgrims needs, 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 to taste typical liquors of Montserrat.

After the visit we will take you to Montserrat’s hidden treasure, the ancient monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, located in a privileged and peaceful place on a natural terrace that offers extraordinary views of the emblematic cliffs of Montserrat, the surrounding valleys and also the Pyrenees on clear days.

You will enjoy an audio- guided visit of Santa Cecilia church, one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. The elegance of the church has been conserved over the centuries. This is a quality that the well-known Irish painter SEAN SCULLY skillfully reflects in his artistic intervention in the interior, where he has created an exceptional ensemble of painting and stained glass. His work makes Santa Cecilia one of the most outstanding sites in the world because of its magnificent fusion of Christianity and avant-garde art. This is a unique place in which to appreciate and experience history, art and spirituality in close contact with the natural beauty of Montserrat itself.

After the visit you will continue your unforgettable experience with a delicious brunch paired with wines on the porch or beautiful courtyard inside the enclosure.

After the brunch we will return to Barcelona.

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Pickup

Carrer de Balmes 5, Barcelona

Dropoff

Carrer de Balmes 5, Barcelona

Things to bring

Printed Voucher

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned luxury micro-bus
  • English guide all the tour
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors handmade by the monks of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat.
  • Entrance to the audiovisual exhibition in Royal Basilica of Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual 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.
  • Entrance and audio- guided visit to Santa Cecilia Church
  • Brunch at Santa Cecilia Church composed by: three “tapas” of the typical gastronomy of the area paired with a cup of white wine, a cup of black wine and a cup of “cava” typical sparkling wine of Catalonia.

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Cancellation

Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Maximum 20 pax