Montserrat, the Natural Park is a multi-peaked mountain shaped by the wind and rain and that is where it's name comes from, as it looks like a saw, the serrated mountain.
Almost to the top we find Santa Maria de Montserrat, the monastery, Catalonia's most important religious retreat. Inside the Basilica we can see the astonishing stained glass and the Virgin of Montserrat "La Moreneta" (the black virgin), is Catalonia's Virgin.
This tour allows us to take a the Funicular of Sant Joan even further up the Mountain, then we will hike down towards Sant Miquel Cross with its panoramic view of the religious retreat and then back to the base where we started to see the Basilica.
For those who doesn't like heights or hike, there is the possibility to visit Museum of Montserrat instead.
Montserrat is about one hour drive, where we will see all the growing towns on Barcelona's outskirts, where many Barcelonians have move to live.
Once we reach the bottom of the mountain we will drive from the back to the front, to see a great scenery drive of the Mountain.
When we reach the Parking, we will walk to one of the best bird point views of the region about 750 meter (3000 ft) high from the sea side level and and overall look of the area, then we will pass by a local stores where you can sample local food like cheese.
Take the Funicular of Sant Joan and go further up, for great views and hike down the mountain passing by the Cross of Sant Miquel and reach the starting point of the Funicular.
We will then visit the Monastery and the Basilica.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: For those at the cruise port. the meeting point would be Christopher Columbus Statue/Round about. Can get there by 5 minutes taxi ride, cost aprox 10 euros or Bus T3, 3 euros return tickets. Some cruise lines have shuttle bus to Grand Marina Hotel/World trade Center, 5 minutes walk to Christopher Columbus statue.
Duration: 6 hours
Mini Van type car with air-conditioning with four individual seats and driver's seat.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euros - Souvenirs
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Francisco was fabulous! He worked with me before our trip to customize our tour (3 of us--me, my husband and our 16 year old son). We wanted to hike a little, take the funicular, see the basilica and listen to the choir. And we did everything!! Our tour lasted about 6 hours--starting at 9AM with a pickup at our hotel. It was just the right amount of time as after Francisco dropped us at our hotel, we still had plenty of time to walk and explore more of the city and enjoy a great dinner.