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Montserrat and Codorniu Wine Cellars

Description

Barcelona has very interesting landscapes to enjoy and discover. One of the most captivating attractions is Montserrat, the multi-peaked mountain located 45 km far from the city. Going south of Montserrat we can find El Penedés, a very typical region for vineyards. Don't miss both visits in a tour that combines the Codorniu Wine Cellars with the experience of Montserrat. The two most popular sites near Barcelona are combined in this tour. Make the most of your time and visit the Penedes wine region on the way to Montserrat Sanctuary. Discover the Cathedral of Cava. Codorniu has the largest underground cellars in the world; it stocks up to 100 million bottles which are housed in a Modernista building declared a historic artistic monument. The visit includes a tour around the cellar in a small electric train and a taste of cava (method champenoise wine). Beyond Barcelona are spectacular and diverse landscapes. The most stunning of all is Montserrat, with its serrated profile, views, ancient monastery and holy shrine. South of Montserrat is el Penedes, a rough and dry region with an ideal climate for vineyards. The tour combines a visit to the modernista Codorniu Cellars at the Penedes with the mystical experience of Montserrat.

Itinerary

Barcelona > Sant Sadurní d’Anoia – Codorniu Cellars > Parc Natural de Montserrat > Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of Our Lady) > Free time for lunch > Return to Barcelona. Caves Codorniu’s vineyards and winemaking activities date back to 1551. Since then the Catalan traditional values have gone hand in hand with innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. They are the largest underground cellars in the world, where the first bottle of Spanish sparkling wine was produced in 1872 by the traditional method Champenoise (the same as French Champagne), it was named cava. Architecture and landscape, with Modernista-style buildings amidst rows of vines, provide a unique first impression when arriving to the Cathedral of Cava. The Codorniu Cellars were created between 1895 and 1915 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is one of the most important examples of how the Modernista architecture combined visionary designs with the practical needs of industries. It is the ideal place to follow the whole process from grape pressing to labelling the bottles. The wine ferments at least 9 months in a bottle, in the dark, still and at the constant temperature of the underground cellars. The visit to the vast cellars continues in a small electric train and ends with a taste of wine. The mountain of Montserrat is a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky. Its name means serrated as a reference to the jutting peaks. The unique Natural Park has paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views. The Benedictine monastery is nearly 1000 years old, perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. There is a basilica with the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat known as La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, and a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys school devoted to the study of music. Montserrat is thriving with culture: a library of nearly 300,000 volumes; the oldest boys' choir in Europe; a basilica full of paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt.

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Pickup

Catalunya opposite Tourist Office, in front of Banco de Espana, Olivia Plaza Hotel & Deutsche Bank *For the map with the departure point, please go to the "images and videos" area on the right*

Things to bring

Printed voucher

Inclusions

Transportation in a luxury coach, Includes entrance fee to Codorniu Cellars and a taste of wine.

Exclusions

Lunch not included. Not mentioned fees, drinks or meals

Cancellation

Cancellation more then a week in advance: 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

Duration: 6 hours aprox

Departure times:

Daily from April at 8:30 am (except Sundays)

Please note:

  • We advise to book this tour at least 48 hours in advance
  • Check in at the departure point at least 15 minutes before departure time
  • Prices, times and itineraries are subject to change without prior notice
  • To book this tour please click on the calendar on the right