Montserrat is Barcelona's number one day trip and the majesty of the crenellated mountains, upon which the sacred abbey was built, is deservedly world famous. Whilst you can get to Montserrat by train it is surprisingly costly, which is just one reason why Barcelona Life recommends this full-bodied excursion, which not only provides comfortable transport to the "jagged mountain", but also takes you to a historic 10th century castle for a regal Catalan lunch, followed by a tour of the castle's vineyards and some wine tasting. The excursion leaves Barcelona city centre at 8:45am every day (set your alarms!), arriving at Montserrat before 10am, thus giving you plenty of time to explore the mountain's natural park and the abbey, including the Black Madonna, and the chance to hear the magical l’Escolania Boys' Choir sing at 1pm. At 1:45pm you are then driven to the nearby castle for a top quality traditional meal, before your guide reveals the fertile vineyards surrounding it, as well as selected parts of the ancient fortress interior (you will be with the only tour company allowed to do so!). Finally you are treated to a wine tasting session with an expert oenologist, where you'll get to see just how good wines from this part of Spain are! The excursion is very exclusive, as it is for a maximum of 15 people, and is very reasonably priced at 94 euros per head (transport, guide, lunch, wines and cheese all included). Update: our partner for this trip has offered Barcelona Life readers a 5% discount so in fact it will work out as 89 euros per person. Email us for more info, or to reserve your spot. We're confident this particular trip will be one of the top highlights of your holiday!
Me and my family enjoyed the tour very much and would like to say thank you to our guide Sandra. She had such a high spirit throughout the day and I admire her knowledge on the history and the background of Montserrat to the Wine experience.
reviewed by Ivy from United States on May.17.2017
The tour was great! Albert was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable! We give the tour a 10/10! Great wineries and perfect group size.
reviewed by Lauren from United Kingdom on Feb.06.2017
Thank you very much for the recommendation! The tour with castle experience was fantastic, and the tour guide Clara was quite excellent. Appreciate the reference and the added discount you provided, you made the experience of our vacation better because of it.
reviewed by Benjamin T from United States on Jan.08.2017
Have only good things to say about this tour, so very glad I tried it! The wines from this region are fabulous!
reviewed by Robert from United Kingdom on Nov.10.2014