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The Holy Mountain and Monastery of Montserrat


720 meters above sea level, nestled within the crown of Catalonia’s holy mountain, lies the magnificent monastery of Montserrat, the emblematic symbol of spirituality and – in the not too distant past – the safe-keeper of Catalan culture. The monastery dates from 1025 and is still run by the Benedictine Order whose monks live, work and pray there to this day. The object of veneration in this place of worship is “La Moreneta”, the black Madonna, whose statue was said to be discovered by shepherd children back in 880. The monastery is surrounded by a national park of great beauty. The mountain is itself a miracle of nature, with strange shapes, shadows and weird formations of rock. Montserrat is a very special place with many secret hideouts and incredible stories to tell.


  • See a beautiful Benedictine monastery with over 1,000 years of history.
  • Learn about the origin of the devotion to the black Madonna.
  • Take in the amazing size and shape of this unique mountain.
  • Follow the winding paths and the steps of the pilgrims of yore.
  • Feel the spirituality and harmony of a place of prayer, natural beauty and Catalan culture.
  • Learn what life in a working monastery is really like.
  • Hear one of the oldest schoolboy choirs in the world sing.
  • Official Tour Guide of Catalonia with local knowledge and expertise.

Destination: Monastery of Montserrat.

Number of Participants: from 1 to 6 people (for larger groups request a quotation).

Availability: 5h or 6h (optional).


1 to 6 people530 € per tour
More than 6 peopleRequest a quotation
  • All prices are per tour not per person
  • Prices include a private chauffeur driven vehicle.
  • These prices do not include entrance to the Montserrat Museum nor tickets to take the Saint John’s funicular railroad.
  • This tour will not operate on Sunday.

You will be taken in a private vehicle from Barcelona to the monastery of Montserrat. The road trip up the mountain is an unforgettable experience in itself. On clear days you will be able to see the Pyrenees Mountains; our natural frontier with France. Before reaching your final destination there will also be an opportunity to see the beautiful Romanesque church of Santa Cecilia.

You will start out on foot from the parking lot, heading straight for the ‘Apostles’ Viewpoint’ with its magnificent view of the mountains carved out over the centuries by the river Llobregat. On days of good visibility you will also be able to see the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona in the distance. You will have a chance to see a work of modern art by the Catalan sculptor Josep Mª Subirachs named ‘The Ladder of Understanding’, sitting next to a gorgeous precipice and you will receive a detailed explanation about the piece.

From this vantage point you will also be able to make out The Holy Cave. Legend has it that in the year 880 some shepherd children stumbled across the original image of the black Madonna. From that day on the black Madonna has become sacrosanct as the patron saint of Catalonia.

Following that there will be a chance to visit an artisans’ open air market selling local produce; here you will learn a little more about the gastronomy of Catalonia.

You will call by the residence of the schoolboys’ choir, ‘L’Escolania’; this choir is one of the oldest in Europe and it sings in the basilica on a daily basis. Immediately after you will begin your tour of this millennial Benedictine monastery, snuggled within the mountain; ensconced within the gnarled needles of rock reaching for the sky.

You will learn all about the monastery’s history, the daily routine of its monks and about the different parts of the monastery: ‘La Plaza de Santa María’ (St Mary’s Square), St. George’s Square and the remains of the old cloisters dating from the 15th century. You will also be able to inspect the various tombs of the nobility of the Kingdom of Aragon and the basilica’s atrium with its magnificent porticoed courtyard, before finally entering the basilica to get a close up look at the Madonna and visit the various chapels dotted around the cathedral.

After this, and depending on the time, the weather and your preferences, your guide will take you to see the following sights:

– Climb the stairway to the throne of the Madonna and hear the choir sing (except Saturdays, during school vacations or whenever the choir is on tour).

– Visit the Museum of Montserrat and its outstanding collection of art from the 19th and 20th centuries containing works by Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Ramón Casas, Santiago Rusiñol and many others. The museum also plays host to an important archeological treasure trove from Ancient Egypt. Your guide will be delighted to show you around. (Entrance fee not included).

– Take an easy hike! You can take the funicular railroad and enjoy some amazing views a thousand meters above sea level. You will be able to visit some hermitages on foot and learn about the lives the ancient hermits. Above all, take in the beautiful views and the abundant wildlife of this unique National Park. (The price of the Funicular Railroad ticket not included).

– Follow in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims on their old trails approaching the monastery and take a peek at the open air sculpture museum and Saint Michael’s viewpoint and its hermitage.

  • The Monastery of Montserrat.
  • The basilica.
  • The image of the black Madonna.
  • The Holy Cave.
  • The Montserrat Art Museum.
  • One of the oldest schoolboy choirs in Europe.
  • Walk to St Michael’s Chapel.
  • St John’s Funicular Railroad.
  • The Romanesque church of St Cecilia.
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation.
  • Private tour.
  • Official Tour Guide of Catalonia with local knowledge and expertise.
  • Fully licensed chauffeur and exclusive air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation.
  • Food or drink (although these can be arranged).
  • Entrance fees to the Museum of Art of Montserrat and to Sant Joan Funicular Railway (although these can be arranged).
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Sunglasses and a cap.

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