The Montserrat Tour
Are you planning a tour of Europe? Well, Barcelona should be first on your list. How about you start with the Montserrat Tour in this ancient city. Montserrat means Serrated Mountains in Catalan. The multiple peaked ranges with a massive rock of over 4000ft high can be reached by road, cable cars or by railway. Find the easiest way to visit Montserrat, you’ll see not only this spectacular mountain but also ancient monastery & holy shrines.
The Montserrat Tour is a 4-hour tour that includes a visit guided transport in a comfortable, roomy, air-conditioned private bus. The tour starts from Placa Catalunya which is in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza. To make the tour enjoyable, you are accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Also, you are driven by a professional driver who will adapt the pace of your tour ensuring you make the most of the tour.
The tour starts with a picturesque drive up the mountain. This is followed by a short walk when you are halfway up Montserrat. This is where you’ll get to see the nearly 1000 yr old Monastery. The Montserrat peaks shelter the Monastery. It has a basilica with the chapel of our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. In addition, there is a community of monks who run a boy’s school which studies music.
The Montserrat Tour offers about 2 hours in the Sanctuary of Montserrat. Other than the one hour drive you are afforded an orientation tour on arrival and hour of free time to roam on your own. This will allow you to see the black Madonna, the museum, restaurants & the shops. The Black Madonna, commonly referred to ass La Moreneta sits behind a sheet of glass in the basilica. This statue will surely give you a spiritual & worthwhile experience.
The local market stalls sell goods like honey and fresh cheese also called Mato. The museum, on the other hand, has an extensive collection of paintings by Picasso, Dali, and El Greco. It also has treasures from ancient Egypt. During the free time in the Sanctuary of Montserrat, you can also take the Funicular railway to Saint Joan chapel.
For the Montserrat Tour it important to ensure that you dress warmly due to the mountain’s cold weather. In addition, it is advisable you wear comfortable shoes since the tour involves walking. You will surely enjoy this wonderful half-day tour.