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Montserrat Monastery with Cava & Wine Tasting SMALL GROUP Tour from Barcelona

975 reviews
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Barcelona
| 10 hours

Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours, Day Trips, Food & Nightlife
Duration: 10 hours
Highlights
Small-group tour by minibus
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Led by a local guide
Description
Departure is from Barcelona at 8:30am, and from Barcelona we will head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture.

Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, and many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages. There are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels, from fairly strenuous treks to gentle strolls around the park area, all of which allow you to marvel at the views and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park. Another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.

At 2.30pm, the tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital, via Gelida, to visit some of the biggest underground wine cellars in Europe. Sant Sadurni d'Anoia is situated in the Penedes wine-growing region, which boasts one of the widest varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world. The region received a major boost in the late 19th-century when French vineyards succumbed to parasite, although Penedes itself was later struck by the same problem. Production has since recovered, and Cava is now a major rival to French champagne; in fact, the main difference between Cava and champagne is simply the region in which they are produced.

The tour will continue with a visit to one winery, where they will demonstrate exactly how the famous sparkling wine is produced, from the first pressing of the grapes to the second fermentation in the vast expanse of cellars. This will of course be accompanied by the chance to sample the product, to see exactly why it has acquired such international fame. From here, the tour returns to Barcelona, arriving at 7:00pm.
Inclusions
Professional guide
Wine tasting
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small group tour
Entry/Admission - Montserrat Museum
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off
Montserrat cable car (approx. 8 euros)
Montserrat Museum entrance fee

Location

Meeting point
C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Reviews

Dec 2019

Our tour guide, Cam, was awesome! He had so much knowledge about Montserrat and the history of the area which helped make the bus ride pass quickly. When we got to Montserrat, he gave a detailed 45 minute ish tour of the site before letting us explore on our own for a few hours. The vineyard was awesome and after touring the facility and learning in detail the entire process of making wine, we sampled 4 bottles. I highly recommend this tour! Thanks for a great day!

Oct 2019

Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and gave us a great understanding of the culture and background of the country. She also gave us good tips so that we can manage to visit Montserrat based on our preference within a limited time. The wine tasting tour is also great. Everyone have fun.

Aug 2019

Alex was amazing. Knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommended. The kids rated it at the highlight of the trip.
Hagit ( Israel and USA)

Jul 2019

PLEASE NOTE: the town of Montserrat is a religious site, It is mostly chapels and monk monasteries. That is the only thing to do there. The views were spectacular, worth the trip- however the town itself was a bit underwhelming, especially if you are not religious. We also visited a winery named Pares Balta and had a fantastic time there. Our winery guide was so informative and knowledgeable.

Jul 2019

This was a great experience. We had an extremely good guide, who gave some very interesting and all the necessary information without overloading us.Go on this trip!

Jul 2019

Absolutely wonderful tour of the monastery and the Pares Balta winery, plus an extra stop at a picturesque church. Marta was our excellent guide who spoke very good English. There were five people on the trip as three cancelled at the last minute. Marta provided very interesting information about the history of Spain and Montserrat. Upon arriving at Montserrat, she gave us a walking tour around the monastery explaining what all there was to see, then let us venture on our own to give everyone an opportunity to explore. We were able to see the choir play, take amazing photos, explore the museum, eat delicious baquette sandwiches at the cafe and purchase cheese to take home to the States. We then stopped at an old church built in the 9th century to take pictures. The winery was the last stop and we met up with a couple of other small groups to get a tour and wine tasting. Learned some fascinating information about biodynamic techniques used in wine making. I can't thank Marta enough. She is very competent and so friendly, willing to share information about Spain, even while driving through Barcelona and outside the city. This exceeded my expectations and we are glad to have chosen this tour.

Jan 2019

I went on this tour with my husband, both sets of parents, and my grandmother, and it was great for all of us. I wanted something where more time was spent on Montserrat so this was better than the half-day tours I'd seen. We had plenty of time to split off--some of us went walking/hiking on the mountain, others stayed at the monastery to see the boy's choir, eat lunch, etc. The winery tour was also fun (and delicious, haha). Overall, it was a highlight of our stay in Barcelona. The guide was great as well, and the group wasn't too large, which was nice. No snacks/lunch was provided, which I knew, but I was a bit surprised we weren't even given water. Other than that, Montserrat is beautiful and worthy of the time spent here, and I'd recommend this tour.

Oct 2018

Good!

Sep 2018

The trip to Montserrat was excellent. The time allotted was perfect. Bring your walking shoes - it’s eorth it. And the wine tour was fun!

Jul 2019

Great guide her suggestions on how to spend our time to make sure we could do a hike and have good seats for the choir were spot on....however she just left us on our own at Monserrat instead of coming up the mountain and leading a hike...disappointing good tour could have been much better with more guide participation

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