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Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a day trip to the nearby mountains. The jagged peaks of Montserrat (which literally means ‘serrated mountain’) make for the perfect excursion: alongside the natural beauty and stunning rock formations lies the Santa Maria de Montserrat, a gorgeous Benedictine Abbey at the base of a cliff. Not only is the Abbey beautiful, but it also contains a museum that houses some great paintings and sculptures from artists such as Dalí, Picasso and El Greco.
Take this chance to combine the natural beauty and history of Montserrat (just 45 minutes away from the city) with an afternoon back in the vibrant city of Barcelona. This tour will give you an overview of the city. Our passionate guides will introduce you to some of Barcelona’s best kept secrets, as well as taking you to some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
After driving through picturesque little villages you will arrive at the incomparable setting of the mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters). Next you will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. On some days the children’s choir sings in the monastery at midday, and so you may be fortunate enough to catch one of their delightful performances.
Back in Barcelona (Full day option) we start our tour with a drive to the famous hill of Montjuic, which offers excellent views over the city and was the site of the 1992 Olympic games. After a brief stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum (MNAC) we will make our way down to Placa Espanya and on past the Modernist buildings of the Eixample area.
Our drive to the iconic Sagrada Familia will take us up Passeig de Gracia, home to the famous designer stores, and the setting for two of Barcelonas most talked about Gaudi buildings: La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. The group will then head to the oldest part of Barcelona, the Barrio Gotico, which as late the mid 19th century was still surrounded by the Medieval walls.
Your guide will be more than happy to make some recommendations for lunch or dinner in the area, or for further sightseeing or shopping trips.
So head out for some fresh air, stunning views and rich culture – it’s just a short ride away!