In the morning, you will drive 60 km northwest of Barcelona, where Montserrat stands majestically - up to 4000 feet in height. The look of this rock mass, known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky, is the result of a process of erosion over millions of years. In its ascent, you will discover the most mysteriously beautiful views of Catalonia.
In the mountain, 2380 feet above sea level and surrounded by this magnificent scenery, is located the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. This visit includes the basilica, an authentic spiritual retreat center consisting of nearly a thousand years of history. [readmore]
It is also where you will find the Virgin of Montserrat - the "Black Madonna". According to legend, the virgin appeared in the IX century, giving rise the hermitage of Santa Maria and its worship for centuries. Patron and symbol of Catalonia, "Black Madonna" has been venerated into a XII century Romanesque carving which is characterized by its unique dark skin, hence the nickname as it is popularly known. After visiting the monastery, a walking tour of its surroundings will allow us to enjoy the unparalleled views of this privileged environment, which was declared a Natural Park in 1987. At the end of this tour, you will discover the Holy Cave, where according to legend, the virgin appeared, and has since been a center of pilgrimage and prayer.
To conclude this mystical visit, you will be delighted to listen to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe.
On Sundays the tour will be done in the opposite order visiting Penedes first and the tour will not include the Escolania.
In the afternoon we will head to the Penedes wine region, where you will visit a local cellar. There you will be able to taste the most international product of the region, the cava, a kind of sparkling wine. At the cellar you will discover the process of creating this wonderful drink and end the day with a tasting of different varieties.Read more
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Tour should be reserved 72 hours (3 days) in advance minimum