Montserrat Private Tours
Montserrat is a unique site in the world, an area famous for its geological characteristics, holds a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century. This treasure, because of its shape and mystical environment, has always been the heart of the Catalan culture and its religious center for many centuries. More than 2,5 million people visit this extraordinary mountain and the Abbey every year, making it one of the top attractions to be visited in Barcelona’s surrounding area.
Abadia de Montserrat
Massis de Montserrat
#NATURE #SIGHTSEEING #OUTDOORS
50 Km away from Barcelona, Montserrat Private Tour is completely surrounded by nature in one of the most iconic mountain areas you will ever see. We take the track railway train to reach the Abbey. Up at the mountain, you will visit the caves, the Abbey and get the best sightseeing areas. Eventually it is possible to stop by any of the little towns surrounding the mountain, to taste the delicious local food.
What to expect on this tour
Meeting Point - Transportation
Can be reached by Train or by car
Half day / 6 hours
The tour is done mostly outdoors, but is possible to do in the rain, if necessary.
In case of rain, it is recommended to find another indoor tour
Montserrat Natural Park
Montserrat is not only a unique place because of its sanctuary. It has also an outstanding beautiful natural landscape and incredible sights. The shape of the mountain looks like a saw. Indeed, the name Montserrat means “sawed mountain”. This particular mountain has its layout formed more than 50 million years ago. At that time, in this area there was the delta of a huge river that collected a huge amount of sediments and composites (the sea border was 50km - 30 miles- than where it is now). Those composites, after getting dry, rised up when most of the mountains appeard in the south of europe/north of Africa. Then, the wind and rains, after centuries, created the stunning shape we can see today.
Montserrat is declared a natural park and offer many hiking routes with incredible views where you can enjoy beautiful sights. A priceless moment is to enjoy the sunset or the sunrise of this incredible spot.
Statue of the Virgin Mary in Montserrat
One hour away from Barcelona, inside the Monastery of Montserrat, you can admire this wonderful Romanesque wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby (XII century), also known as "La Moreneta" because of the dark color of the wood, result of an oxidation process. As you can see Mary is holding a sphere, symbol of the universe, and Jesus is blessing and holding a pinecone, symbol of fertility and eternal life. Her devotion began in the IX century, when some young shepherds saw a light inside a cave and, moved by their curiosity, discovered an image of the Virgin Mary. Thanks to this, a chapel was built on the mountain: it was the origin of the monastery we can admire nowadays.
The Façade of the monastery of Montserrat
This façade in front of the main square of the sanctuary, is the entrance to the church. It was rebuild after the invasion of Napoleon in 1812, who burned and plundered the sanctuary. The façade is dominated by 3 main elements: the 12 apostles and Jesus in the center, a big rose window and a clock at the top. Just in front of the façade, there is a cloister reflecting the main elements of this sanctuary since its foundation around the 12th century. There are several elements that reflect the life of the monks that live in the abbey such as paintings and sculptures. Currently, there are around 70 monks leaving in the sanctuary although is quite rare to find them in the public space of the abbey.
Calçots: a unique catalan meal
Every winter there is a tradition of a particular meal that can be eaten in Barcelona and sorrouding areas : it is called "Calçots". The Calçots are kind of a large onion (30 cm/10 inch) that gets grilled and stored wrapped in newspapers to keep them warm. To eat them you have to peel the black grilled skin with your hands and deep the onion in a delicious sauce called "Romesco". Looks strange the first time but is absolutely a must do experience extremely well appreciated by locals. It you ever come to Barcelona around February, you have to definitely taste them. Although you can eat them in Barcelona, the best experience is to leave the city for a daytrip somewhere (for example Montserrat) and have lunch in a restaurant in the countryside to enjoy this experience as a local. Bon profit!