Montserrat Day Trip From Costa Brava Including Train Ride And Montserrat Monastery

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Centrally located pick up points along Costa Brava South and Costa Maresme North (Tossa, Lloret, Blanes, Malgrat, Pineda and Calella)
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore majestic Montserrat and the Montserrat Monastery on this day trip from Costa Brava. Take a cogwheel train ride up Montserrat, a unique multi-peaked mountain in the outskirts of Barcelona, and visit the Montserrat Monastery, an important pilgrimage site in Catalonia. Inside, see the famous 12th-century carving Our Lady of Montserrat, also known as La Moreneta (the Dark One), and listen to the children's choir. Upgrade to include a visit of the Museum of Montserrat, where you can learn about Montserrat's role as a spiritual and cultural center and admire art from Picasso, Dal, Monet, and more.

Highlights

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Know More about this tour

Board a comfortable coach at your chosen Costa Brava pickup location and enjoy views of the picturesque villages dotting Barcelonas countryside on the drive to Montserrat. Along the way, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the region and why the craggy mountain and its beautiful monastery have been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites since the 12th century.

When you arrive, board a cogwheel train at the base of this beautiful multi-peaked mountain and take in scenic views as you ride up the mountain and listen to your guides informative commentary.

At the end of your train journey, youll find the Benedictine Montserrat Monastery (also known as the Abbey of Montserrat). As you tour the abbey at your own pace, listen to the beautiful children's choir and see the 12th-century polychrome wooden carving of Our Lady of Montserrat, commonly known as La Moreneta (the Dark One) due to the dark color of the sculpture.

Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and marvel at the landscape from the balcony before enjoying another photo opportunity of Montserrat on your train ride back down the mountain. When you arrive at the base, youll be taken back to Costa Brava.

Upgrade to visit the Museum of Montserrat
Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Museum of Montserrat. Here, learn about the spiritual, cultural, and natural importance of Montserrat with a film. Then, browse the museum's art collection, which features work from Picasso, Dal, Monet, Degas, and Rouault, among other world-renowned artists. The museum is located in the main square and guarded by impressive iron structures designed by the renown Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned coach

Round-trip train ride

Museum of Montserrat admission (if option selected)

Exclusions

Gratuities (optional)

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not accessible for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Traveler Reviews

  • 24-Aug-2017

    I like Spain, and each year I spend my vacation in this country I do go and visit Montserrat. This year was not an exception. At the same time, for the independent traveler without the car this trip can be complicated, especially then travelling with family, so my choice was moved to the organized trip, and so I booked it on Viator.

    I would like to divide my review in to parts: firstly, Montserrat part and secondly, logistics of transfer.

    Montserrat will be easy: it is amazing as usual, with ancient history and magnificent mountains, with farmers' foods sold on the street and good hiking trip to St Michael cross. The time spent in Montserrat for the Viator excursion was only about 3 hours, which is not so much in the end. One can make a decision: either to go to Madonna and exploring of Monastery and shops, or going hiking. As it was not my first visit, I decided for the latter, but please be aware - line for Madonna is very long and slow, and most of the travelers arrive around 12, by then it is opened. After cultural part, one can by some local liquors and other souvenirs in the gift shop and make some small walks prior to the departure. We left Montserrat by Cremallier which is a unforgettable experience on its own and then started back by bus to the Costa Brava sea shore.

    Logistics/ organization part is something I'm not so happy about. Let's start from the beginning: initially we bought English tour, but in the bus there were people of different nationalities. I believe as the guide didn't tell us specifics about Montserrat history or origins, but more about organization questions and stuff we can do at arrival, it would be great to start with English or at least ask people if they understand English to speed up the process. In reality the same speech was repeated in 5 or 6 languages, giving me headache. It is great for the guide to have such waste knowledge of languages, but for sure there is an area for improvement here.
    In total, our trip lasted from 8 am to 7 pm, by them we returned to Tossa, and from this time, we spent 3 hours at Montserrat and about 8 hours peaking up, dropping people and driving, so I would think this can be quite challenging trip for the people who doesn't like long drives.

    In general, if you really want to go and visit Montserrat, then sacrifices should be made and this trip can be a good possibility.

  • 06-Jun-2015

    Highly recommend this trip.
    It is a long bus trip but scenery is so worth it. The guide is very informative about the scenery and areas you are passing on the coach.
    Once you get to Montserrat you are blown away by the spectacular views. Such much to see and do. Well worth visiting!!!

  • 05-Oct-2012

    wonderful trip with excellent guide.