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Top Montserrat Tours (Day Trips, Half-day Excursions & More)

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Known for its decadent food, vibrant culture, and sublime architecture – visiting Barcelona is an experience like no other.

Located in the northwestern part of Barcelona, Montserrat a seemingly otherworldly structure of mountainous marvels awaits. This Catalonian gem is a 4055-feet tall mountain range embellished with intricate crevasses and structures to explore.

These picturesque peaks are primarily known for their unique rock formations and the mesmerizing Santa María de Montserrat monastery. From informative historical tours to nature outings, Montserrat tours provide a wide variety of activities for every kind of traveler.

Highlights:

  • The informative tour of the Montserrat monastery
  • Captivating views of the surrounding landscapes
  • Exploring the fascinating structures of the Catalan mountains


Know before you book::

  • To enter the monastery you need to wear appropriate clothing
  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes

Montserrat monastery in mountains

Bespeckled with strange rock formations created by various extreme weather conditions, the mountain of Montserrat is a unique sight to behold. The name Montserrat is derived from mons serratus in Latin, meaning “Jagged Mountain.”

A space of historical religious significance, the hidden sanctum of the monastery is a must-see attraction. While it has been reconstructed numerous times, this monastery has around 80 practicing monks that follow the religious rule of Saint Benedict.

From the thought-provoking museum to the 16th-century architectural treasure of the basilica, you’ll have ample opportunity to fully experience this impressive building.

Whether you prefer exploring the mountains or delving into the cultural activities of Montserrat, this region is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wide array of experiences.

Prepare for a pilgrimage of a lifetime, as the majestic elevation of Montserrat is sure to add a monumental experience to your vacation.

Tour Prices 2021

The price of these tours range from €39 ($45 USD) and can go up to €100 ($118 USD) depending on the duration and the activities you want to be included. You can take a look at the various tours on offer in the Montserrat region and compare the prices below:

Activities in Montserrat Times

While Monserrat tours from Barcelona tend to run throughout the day, the tour times will depend on what sight and activities you are planning to explore. Listed below are various operating hours of Montserrat tourist attractions that feature in the tours:

Museu de Montserrat
Monday – Sun: 10am – 5:45pm

Basilica of Montserrat:
Monday – Sun: 7am – 8pm

Black Madonna (Throne of Our Lady):
Mon – Sun: 8am – 10:30am and 12am – 5:45pm

Interior of Montserrat basilica

Best Time to Go on a Montserrat Day Trip

Montserrat can be enjoyed all year round but can get colder and windier in the winter months. The best time to visit Montserrat is in spring, from March to May, as it has pleasant weather conditions and fewer crowds.

Tip: Be aware that the elevation of Catalan mountains tends to be colder than the surrounding lower areas. So, be sure to keep a jacket handy on your trip.

Montserrat Tour Options

From the magnificent monastery to captivating surroundings, simply pick your Montserrat Spain tour adventure. There are various tours to embark on, from gourmet wine tasting to hiking. Be sure to be aware of your time restrictions while choosing a tour.

From Barcelona: Mountain and Montserrat Monastery Tour

The scenic drive up the Montserrat mountain is a stunning feat with widespread green hills wherever you turn. The Benedictine monastery, established around 1025, is situated between the crevasses of the Catalan mountains, transporting you back to ancient worlds once lived.

On this early morning tour, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to explore the astounding Montserrat attractions without the throngs of tourists. You’ll get to enjoy a guided tour of the history of the monastery and view the famous shrine of the Black Virgin of La Moreneta

What we liked: The in-depth guide of the fascinating history of Montserrat.

INCLUDES:
  • Roundtrip transportation to Montserrat
  • Professional English tour operator
  • A small group tour for a more exclusive feel

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities for your tour guide

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view of Montserrat in Catalonia


Montserrat Hiking Experience from Barcelona

Enjoy the wonderlands of nature on a guided hiking trip to the Montserrat mountain. With the option to choose from seven stunning trails, depending on your fitness level and time restrictions. If you choose a shorter walk, be sure to visit the medieval monastery in your spare time.

As one of the best tours to Montserrat from Barcelona, you’re in for a treat. You’ll be able to fully experience the region’s geology and exceptional views of the surrounding Catalan landscapes. With stunning viewpoints situated in these trails, you’ll have the perfect backdrop for a family vacation photo op.

What we liked: Learning about the region while breaking a sweat.

INCLUDES:
  • A guided tour of the mountain
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Pre-packed snacks

EXCLUDES:
  • Meals and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for your guide

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Montserrat view from the mountains


Half-Day Montserrat Tour From Barcelona with Tapas and Wines

On this half-day trip to Montserrat, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the Catalonian spirit. Explore the monastery thoroughly, its very walls dripping with forgotten histories. Once you have a taste of the religious significance of Montserrat, you’ll make your way to a winery in a 10th-century castle.

The storybook feel of the Oller del Mas vineyards will transport you back to simpler times. You’ll sample signature wines, including some Spanish red wine, and tasty tapas. You’ll also learn the inner workings of the wine-making process of these organic wines. This boozy adventure is a wonderful learning experience with a twist.

What we liked: A magnificent cultural experience in a lovely setting.

INCLUDES:
  • A guided tour of the Santa Maria de Montserrat
  • A visit with a tour guide to a boutique winery
  • Wine tasting, cold tapas, and dessert

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Cable car tickets
  • Gratuities

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people on a tour of Montserrat


Day Trip to Montserrat Monastery & Lunch at a Farmhouse

On this 7.5 informative tour of this hidden Catalonian marvel, you’ll have an all-encompassing experience of Montserrat at its finest. Traveling to this epic Montserrat day trip from Barcelona, the winding roads upwards will deliver you to a seemingly mythical structure near the clouds.

When you arrive you’ll have plenty of time to visit Montserrat Abbey. The Abbey is embellished with a rich history and a multitude of various architectural styles. Be sure to attend a Montserrat Boys Choir performance in the basilica, said to be one of the oldest music schools in Europe. These performances, however, are subject to availability.

Transport will then take you to a quaint farmhouse where a delectable 3-course meal will be served. The farmhouse is surrounded by the idyllic landscapes of the regions, giving you a tantalizing taste of Montserrat.

What we liked: A perfect day trip to take filled with activities

INCLUDES:
  • 7.5-hour tour of Montserrat with an expert guide
  • 3-course lunch and drinks at the Masia Farmhouse
  • Transportation from Barcelona on a minibus

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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tour group enjoying lunch near Montserrat


 

9.2Expert Score
A captivating cornerstone of Catalonian culture, Montserrat is a sublime place to visit. It allows you to fully grasp the historic and religious essence of Spain. From full to half-day excursions from Barcelona, a Monserrat tour with its awe-inspiring mountain will be the highlight of your vacation.
Location
9.2
Value for money
9.1
Fun
9
Level of activity
9.3
PROS
  • The gorgeous views of Catalonian landscapes
  • Visiting the grand main monastery of Montserrat
  • A wide variety of activities and excursions to experience
CONS
  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Can get cold and windy in the winter
  • Limited spacing in certain tours

Specification: Top Montserrat Tours (Day Trips, Half-day Excursions & More)

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

Depends on chosen tour

Includes

Guided tour, transportation to Montserrat

Excludes

Hotel pick-up and drop-off, gratuities

Meals & Drinks

Not included (unless specified)

Pickup

Not included

Suitable For

Solo travelers, adventure travelers, couples

51 reviews for Top Montserrat Tours (Day Trips, Half-day Excursions & More)

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  1. Mark_P

    We had a great time with Fermi! He took us to the top of Montserrat and also showed us many Ermitages, as well as sharing the history. I would recommend this trip to any brave hikers!

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  2. Diane_O

    Montserrat is well worth a visit. Excellent day out. Food at the winery was lovely but the wine over lunch not so good. Although it said groups of up to 16 people we were on a big bus most of the day with nearly 50 people – but separated into small groups for the sightseeing itself so false advertising in my view. Our tour guide Merat was brilliant!

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  3. Ronald_B

    Martha was a great fun guide we really enjoyed ourselves and we would recommend it to our friends and family

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  4. Florian_S

    We had an awesome day thanks to our guide Merak. Everything was well planned and we felt welcome everywhere he took us. Having both group activities and free time to explore on our own was a good fit as well. Loved the wine from a small family owned winery.

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  5. Anita_Z

    Montserrat is a unique and special place. I enjoyed getting to know a few of my fellow travelers and meeting our wonderful guide, Toni, who was charming and approachable. There was ample time to visit the basilica, take a short hike and buy some local produce. The tour to the winery for tastings and tapas was a wonderful addition to the day and something I hope to remember for a long time. Gracias, Toni and Viator!

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  6. Lauren_B

    Pol our guide, was great. Very knowledgeable about both Monserrat and the Vineyard. The wine and tapas lunch was very good . Wine was delicious. Monastery was absolutely gorgeous. Views were amazing . Highly recommend this tour .

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  7. Elizabeth_B

    Beautiful experience; wish we had had more time there. Tour guide was great and gave good information

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  8. Alex_S

    What an incredible break from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. It was so nice to go get some fresh air while getting some of the best views I can remember on a hike. Also, the monastery is a beautiful building that is a must see on your trip. Peter is a native to Barcelona and gives wonderful insight beyond just the hike and the monastery.

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  9. Pamela_S

    This was a beautiful hike! When we got to the top, our guide had a picnic prepared for us, and it was so fun to sit ip on top of that beautiful mountain, have lunch and look out over the views. It was magnificent! I don’t know why anyone would go on a tour and stop only at the monastery when this beautiful mountain is right there waiting. If you’re in any kind of shape at all, you should try to do this tour. Our guide Peter was as nice a gentleman as you’ll find anywhere. He’s been hiking this mountain for years, and he has some great stories and is very knowledgeable about the rock formations for both hiking and for rock climbing, and he can taylor the hike to suit your ability. At the end Peter gave us a wonderful tour of the monastery and we got to see the Black Madonna. This tour was so much more that we imagined or expected. It was definitely a 10!

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  10. Mark_P

    We had a great time with Fermi! He took us to the top of Montserrat and also showed us many Ermitages, as well as sharing the history. I would recommend this trip to any brave hikers!

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