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Barcelona and Montserrat Tour with Skip-the-Line Park Güell Entry and Hotel or Port Pickup
"Leave your central Barcelona hotel (or cruise port) by air-conditioned minibus and travel up Montjuic – Barcelona’s famous 755-foot (230-meter) hill – while enjoying breathtaking views of the city harbor. Located at the hill’s peak is Anella Olímpica where the 1992 Olympic Games were held. After stopping to explore continue to Montjuic Castle for photos and then head back down the hill into town.Barcelona is famous for its links to Antoni Gaudi – Spain’s celebrated Modernist architect – and the city is scattered with his highly acclaimed works. Stop outside passing other architectural sites of interest like Casa Amataller and Casa Morera and then head to Gaudi’s Park Güell. Make your way past the long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and then spend some time exploring with your guide. Easily one of the most impressive public spaces in the world the gardens are said to encapsulate Gaudi’s creative genius with an abundance of colorful mosaics and intriguing gatehouses.After a break for lunch (own expense) hop back on board your minibus and travel west to Montserrat
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Barcelona Shore Excursion: Barcelona and Montserrat Tour with Skip-the-Line Park Güell Entry and Port Pickup
"When your cruise ship arrives at the Barcelona port you’ll be picked up by your guide by comfortable vehicle and taken on a small-group tour. Admire breathtaking views of the harbor and city as you drive up the hill of Montjuic to visit the Olympic Ring the site of the 1992 Olympic Games and take stunning panoramic snapshots from Montjuic Castle.Then visit surreal buildings of one of the world’s most famous architects Antoni Gaudi. Head to one of his most extraordinary creations the still unfinished La Sagrada Familia
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Barcelona Shore Excursion: Small-Group Barcelona City Highlights and Skip-the-Line Park Güell Tour
"When your cruise ship is in Barcelona meet your driver-guide and air-conditioned minivan at the port and set off on your small-group tour.Drive up Montjuïc Hill the home of Barcelona’s 1992 Olympics admiring the awesome views of the city’s harbor on route. Hop out of your minivan at the Olympic Ring to admire the exteriors of the Olympic Stadium Palau Sant Jordi and elegant Calatrava Tower and then snap photos of the magnificent city views from Mirador del Alcalde next to Montjuïc Castle.Take in Plaza de España the vast square dominated by the National Palace and Arenas de Barcelona
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The Black Madonna - Montserrat

The Black Madonna is the star attraction of this Basilica. We had to wait a few minutes for our turn to view, it is protected so it cannot be touched, however we had approximately a minutes to view, and were only inches from it.

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Mikebb
Sep 24, 2015

Another Viewing Platform - Montserrat

Ideal place to view the mountains and valleys, the walking tracks and beautiful vegetation. There is also the chance of seeing someone climb the monument, how foolish it was as the wind was very strong.

A viewing platform is a great place to take photos and also view the cable car.

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Mikebb
Sep 24, 2015

Arrive Montserrat By Train From Barcelona

Trains depart from Espanya Rail Station, Barcelona on to Montserrat regularly (Platform R5) and take just over an hour to reach Montserrat. The attached web link will take you to a page with recommended departure times throughout the day. It also contains ticket prices.

The site makes readers aware of problems in locating the departure platform due to the size of the underground station. Give yourself extra time to cover this potential problem.

We did not use the train service as we were on a 16 day coach tour which stopped at Montserrat for a few hours on our way to Andorra.

Once you arrive there are many sights which are free.

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Mikebb
Sep 06, 2015

Montserrat Attractions Map

INDEX:

1 Basilica
2 Image of Our Lady
3 Pastoral Co-ordination Centre
4 Museum of Montserrat
5 Interactive Exhibition
6 Hotel 'Hostal Abat Cisneros'
7 Restaurant 'Hostal Abat Cisneros'
8 Apartments
9 Information
10 Rack Railway (Cremella)
11 Sant Joan Funicular
12 Santa Cova Funicular
13 Aerial Tramway (Aeri)
14 Holy Grotto
15 Monumental Rosary
16 Mirador dels Apostles Building & Restaurants
17 Cafeteria
18 Shops
19 WC
20 Supermarket
21 Bar de Placa
22 Stations of the Cross Walk

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Sep 06, 2015
 
 
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Day Trip to Montserrat

An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field trip.

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Roadquill
Oct 31, 2011

MONSERRAT AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Montserrat - massif 50 km NW of Barcelona with dolomite-like rocks. Richard Wagner stayed there - his opera Parsifal uses the mountain as its backdrop. The Benedictine monestery is a popular shrine in Catalunya, with its Black Virgin (La Moreneta), a 12th century wooden sculpture. Splendid views and rambles - an ideal day out.

Monastery (f. 1025) sacked by Napoleon's troops in 1811. Dissolution of monestery in 1830s (anti-clerical laws). Choir sings the 'Virolai' at 13:00 and the 'Salve Regina' at 19:10 Mon. through Sun.

Hike along one of the paths behind the monestary to the far side of the massif (next to the radio masts). There is an impressive sheer drop of a 1000 feet of so if you fancy peering over the edge (warning, do not try this in fog!).

The monestery is ugly. The side streets offer trinkets and dear catering. Avoid weekends and holidays (coach parties galore!).

A local wag said of Catalonia that "a country with a black virgin and a white gorilla can't be all bad" - cruel but funny. Sadly, the gorilla ("Floc de neu", a.k.a. "Snowflake") died in 2003 and it turns out the Montserrat virgin only went black over the ages. She is a sickly cream colour beneath the grime.

Should you be one of the few VIPs asked to sign the visitors book, ask to see the entries for 1940/41. Lo and behold, there is Heinrich Himmler's name! The old bugger was convinced the Holy Grail had been taken there from Montsegur after the Pope and his cohorts wiped out the Cathars in 1244 (the Catholic Church at the time had its own version of "The Final Solution"). Wagner, Parsifal, Himmler, and the Nazis' obsession with the occult - you won't find this kind of information in the tourist brochures.

FGC (Catalan railways):
Dep: Placa Espanya stn. Barcelona
Arr: Monsterrat Aeri stn.
(Journey time approx. 1 hr.)
then cable car to monestery
Enter stations, travel date & departure time in the 2nd. web below for timetables. Round ticket includes cable car.

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Harold_Godwin
Apr 04, 2011

Monestir de Montserrat

The Montserrat mountain from which the top is 1236 metres high is home of the monastery of Montserrat.The first time there is spoeken about this monastery is in the 9th century. Montserrat was destroyed in 1811 when the French invaded Catalunya. In 1844 the monastery was rebuilt.Everyday you can hear the Escalonia Choir sing the 'Virolai' at 13:00 and the 'Salve Regina' at 19:10.

The monastery is surrounded with a lot of peace and quietness. You will hardly hear anything while being on this mountain. The main attractions of Montserrat are the 'Black Madonna' and the 'Basilica' it is in. In the summertime there are a lot of people that want to visit Montserrat, so there are very long queues in front of the Madonna. I visited in wintertime and we were amongst the few visitors. There is also a museum with a lot of 19th and 20th century Catalan paintings.

You should really take a whole day to visit Montserrat. To start with the train only goes once an hour from Plaça d'Espanya to Aeri de Montserrat. Then you have to take the cable car up to the mountain. So travelling already takes upp quite some time. If you really want to see everything on the mountain you just need a whole day. But it's worth it.

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martin_nl
Apr 04, 2011

Touristy, yes, but worth it

A day trip to Montserrat is a must. Only an hour outside Barcelona, and a world away both spiritually and geologically, this cliffside monastery has been drawing in outsiders for centuries.

This monolithic mini mountain range has a reputation for startlingly still air - a peaceful, introspective and healing spot for those pledging themselves to God. Thus, the monastery. And, though the Monastery still operates, the entire bird's nest of a plateau is now a huge tourist draw. Arriving is beautiful, the views are gorgeous, the cathedral is marvelous, and rock climbing a short hike away. It's a strange mish-mash of spiritual site and tourist mecca, but it works, besides itself.

Naturally, there are many day tours to Montserrat, via bus. But, you can do it yourself on the wonderful commuter rail systems of greater Barcelona. FGC from Plaza Espanya will put you at two access points to the monastery(Aerial Tram or Railway) within 1.5 hours. It's a direct run, and there are always employees in the ticketing area, ready to help. IF you are a wiz at mass transit, you can cut off fifteen minutes by changing from RENFE at Martorell - contact me directly and I'll give you the lowdown.

Please note: The Aerial Tramway is not for those afraid of heights(see second pic)

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Feb 21, 2011

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Montserrat - great moutains and monastery

Montserrat is an escape to quite unusual Spanish mountains and monastery. Montserrat means “Teeth Mountains”, actually mountains look like teeth. The research showed that such form mountains were formed due to the sea water polishing in prehistoric times.

Monastery is known from medieval times, but got new look in 19th century and it stands in 800 meters high mountains. What is more, it is possible to walk or take funicular to 1236 meters high place. Place is famous for keeping statue of St. Mary.

Serra de Montserrat is about 60 kilometers from Barcelona.

For further information watch my Serra de Montserrat VirtualTourist page.

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Raimix
Feb 06, 2011

Monestir de Montserrat - Self supporting tour!

To be completely honest we don't like the guided tours that much. We definately prefer to have a look around ourselves and explore the historical grounds by just watching and learning. The guided tours are so well attended that you're unable to hear the guide anyway and we therefore we think that you will miss out on the beuatiful details and it's also one type of tourism we don't like ... the massive groups of people wandering around (and getting in your way!).

We took our self-guided tour with some help of a map and booklet. This itinerary lead us to the most significant monuments and areas of the Sanctuary, such as the Basilica and the throne of Our Lady of Montserrat. We learned the amazing Montserrat's history through some of its architectonic and sculptoric remains and the story which was told to us by some people we spoke to. Finally we visited Montserrat's Museum which owns an important collection of modern painting, with works by Dalí, Casas, Picasso, Rusiñol, Monet, et cetera. We also saw archeology of the Biblical East and painting from 13th to 18th century, with an exceptional work by Caravaggio. So at the end of the day we could say that we had a great time at this historical place, a real pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain!

Address:
08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

Directions:
56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.

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Jerelis
Sep 10, 2010

Monestir de Montserrat - ‘Serrated Mountain’.

What to do on a day that you don’t want to go to the beach, don’t want to stroll the lanes in the Old Town of Barcelona, and whenever you have been to for example beautiful Tarragona the day before? What to do? We took our travel guide out of the bag and started reading it. At the page of Montserrat we read ”For many visitors a trip to Montserrat is the highlight of their visit. Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Monestir de Montserrat of significant religious importance, but the natural beauty surrounding the monestary is simply breathtaking.” . The pictures enclosed to this article did the rest for us. We knew that we wanted to do, we took the car and went to Montserrat.

Driving to it was a great experience by itself. We could see the “Serrated Mountain” (Mont Serrat) from kilometres away. Its highest peak rising to 1,236 metres. We were quite early and driving the mountain road was relaxing as we did not have too many busses or coaches in front of us. We also experienced magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. Because of our early time scedule it wasn’t crowded at all and therefore we were able to park the car on a nice spot not too far away. It was an one hour and 15 minutes drive, and there we were!

Address:
08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

Directions:
56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.

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Jerelis
Sep 10, 2010

Monestir de Montserrat - Patroness of Catalonia.

During our small hike upwards to the Monestir de Montserrat we read something about its facinating history. The monastery was first mentioned in the 9th century, enlarged in the 11th century, and in 1409 became independent of Rome. In 1811, when the French attacked Catalonia in the War of Independence, the monastery was destroyed. Rebuilt and repopulated in 1844, it was a beacon of Catalan culture during the Franco years. Today Benedictine monks live here. Via Plaça de la Creu we ended up at the Plaça de Santa Maria. We were overwhelmed by the beauty and size of the Gothic Cloister, and other structures. We also took some time to have a look at the views of the amazing Catalonian countryside. The “Serrated Mountain” (Mont Serrat) is a superb setting for Catalonia’s holiest place.

We walked over the Plaça de Santa Maria and had a look at the focal points of the square -> The two wings of the Githic Cloister built in 1477 and the modern monastery façade built by Francesc Folguero. After a quick lunch we noticed that it was getting more and more crowded. The avarage age of the people we saw must have been around 65 years! Before we entered the Inner Courtyard and the Basilica itself we learned something about the Virgin of Montserrat. This small wooded statue of La Moreneta (the dark maiden) is the soul of Montserrat. It is said to have been made by St. Luke and brought here by St. Peter in AD 50. Centuries later, the statue is believed to have been hidden from the Moors in the nearby Santa Cova (Holy Cave). Carbon dating suggests, however, that the staue was carved around the 12th century. In 1881 Montserrat’s Black Virgin became patroness of Catalonia.

Address:
08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

Directions:
56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.

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Sep 10, 2010

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About 50kms NE of Barcelona

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