Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. From here, you will be transferred (included) to Montserrat. Don't worry if it's a hot day, air conditioning is included! Journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain and enjoy the natural beauty on your trip over.
On the way to the monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shape formations. [readmore] Upon arrival, you will visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, with over 150 monks. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (the dark one), who is the patron saint of Catalonia.
Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this Monastery dating nearly a thousand years. Board the Aeri Cable Car to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a trail (soft trekking) with the best specialized guide in Montserrat Natural Park.This is a 5.5-hour tour of Montserrat which gives you plenty of time to visit one of the best day trips in Catalonia!Read more
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At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place. In case the minimum of participants are not reached, the tour will be rescheduled
In 1025, Oliba, Abbot of Ripoll and Bishop of Vic, founded a new monastery at the hermitage of Santa Maria de Montserrat. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin.
In 1409 the monastery of Montserrat became an independent abbey. From 1493 to 1835, a period in which the monastery underwent great reforms, growing and increasing in splendour, Montserrat was part of the Valladolid Congregation. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Monastery of Montserrat became a cultural centre of the first order. The Montserrat Music School produced important composers.
The French War (1808-1811) and disentailment in 1835 brought destruction and abandonment, but in 1844 began the restoration of monastic life and in 1881 there were the Festivities for the Coronation of the Image of Our Lady, at which She was proclaimed Patron Saint of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII.
The Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) led once again to the abandonment of the monastery. However, the Government of Catalonia managed to save Montserrat from being sacked and destroyed. Today, Montserrat has been modernised to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims one thousand years after it was originally founded.