Culture, gastronomy and wine: excursion to Montserrat and visit to a winery
Many say that, if Barcelona is the head of Catalonia, Montserrat is its heart. This uniquely silhouetted massif is easily the most famous Natural Park in northeastern Spain, and the impressive monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat hangs scenically in its centre, between peaks and cliffs. Not for nothing do the locals call this mountain range the Mountain of a Hundred Peaks. Nature, landscape, history, culture and religion combine in Montserrat in a unique blend that is hard not to find spectacular. As a result, this place is full of locals who decide to spend their day off walking its many trails, hiking its peaks, visiting its priceless art museum or, of course, marvelling at the great basilica at the heart of the monastery. Inside the basilica, a small wooden statuette of a dark-skinned Virgin Mary stands atop the altar. It is Saint Mary of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, popularly known as "La Moreneta". A key figure, protagonist of myths and stories about miracles and healings. Her presence attracts thousands of visitors every year, making this visit a sacred one. After the Arab invasion, the lands around Montserrat were left unproductive and the Benedictine order that inhabited the monastery cultivated the vineyards that have survived to the present day. For this reason, and because Montserrat is located in an incredible Mediterranean setting, you can find beautiful vineyards and very interesting local wineries in the area.
What we are going to do?
A full day tour that combines history and wine in the surroundings of Barcelona, which will take you to spectacular places. An experience especially designed for those who want to enjoy the ascent to Montserrat in the most panoramic and scenic way possible thanks to the rack railway. Once there, you can discover the Monastery of Montserrat with a classic guided tour of approximately 1 hour. After the tour, you will enjoy some free time (approx. 1 hour), to finish immersing yourself in the spectacular surroundings. The experience will take you, in the afternoon, to a low production winery with a boutique atmosphere, run by a local family from the area. There you will get in touch with local traditions, both Spanish and Catalan, among beautiful vineyards and a lot of family history. Your guide will give you an introduction to the art of wine tasting, giving you a taste of three different wines, as well as showing you around the facilities and explaining everything you want to know. In between the two stops you can enjoy a full menu in a local restaurant, prepared with seasonal ingredients.
Barcelona - Monistrol de Montserrat (rack trailway station) - Monastery of Montserrat - Lunch at a local restaurant - Visit to a family winery - Return to Barcelona
Full day tour in small group (maximum 16 people)
Shared coach transport
English speaking local guide
Ticket for the rack railway
Guided tour of the Monastery of Montserrat
Free time in Montserrat
Full menu with wine/water included
Guided visit to a family winery
Tasting of 3 wines
What should I bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes
Warm clothes (in winter season)
It is important to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Children from 0 to 3 years old do not pay (choose the "Baby" option) but lunch is not included and they must be seated above an adult.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.