Departures: daily (morning and afternoon) Time: 9:30 h. / 15:00 h. Prices: 55 € / adult y 45 € / child (3-12 years)
Information about the itinerary:
A half-day excursion accompanied by oficial tourist guides who explain the history of the town, the monuments, the characteristics and traditions, travelling by luxury, fully air-conditioned coach. Driving through picturesque villages in the province one arrives at the incomparable setting of the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically at an altitude of 1235 meters. A visit of the basilica, where the “Virgen de la Moreneta” is to be found, a Romanesque statue from the twelfth century. One can assist to the singing of the “Escolania”, a children’s choir considered as one of the oldest in Europe. Not guaranteed. The price includes a tasting of 4 typical liqueurs of Montserrat and the entrance to “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat Portes Endins”. OPTION: Climb to Montserrat in the rack train (5 € / person). Following the unique forms of the mountain the trip allows us to enjoy a priviliged view and a spectacular surrounding. Once the visit has ended, return to Barcelona and the end of our service.
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* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons
More information: Montserrat – A natural park where they worship the patron saint of Catalonia
In the heart of Catalonia rises a mountain with unique forms and a mass of gray stones, a spectacular massive that harbors on its tops the image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. In this natural park full with pinetrees and holm oaks and inhabited by squirrels, wild boar and genets amongst other species exist numerous routes and guided visits to know its corners. At its summit the Sanctuary that is dedicated to the Black Madonna, a 12th century carving in Romanesque style of the Virgin, rises majestically. The architectural complex is formed by various squares and the basilica, originally of the 16th century and reconstructed in the 19th century.
The Black Madonna of Montserrat. The veneration of this Virgin was expanded through Spanish America
when the nun Bernat Boil accompanied Christopher Columbus to the New World. It is said that an image of the Virgin of Montserrat appeared in a cave of the mountain. Situated at 20 kilometers northwest of Barcelona, the monastery was founded in the year 1025 by the abbot Oliba, although there is evidence that there was a chapel in the year 888 dedicated to the Mother of God. In the 12th century the Romanesque church was built and in the year 1223 the first children’s choir “Escolania” in Europe was founded. Leo XIII declared the Virgin of Montserrat patroness of Catalonia. Saint Ignatius of Loyola arrived in the year 1500 as pilgrim.
New Audiovisual Area. The new audiovisual area of Montserrat is a space completely reformed that reflects the will of the monastery to respond to and to give content to the visit of thousands of pilgrims and visitors who want to know what is and what means Montserrat. The exhibition revolves around three fundamental elements: the mountian, the monastery and the sanctuary. In its content very relevant aspects stand out, such as the presence since the end of the 12th century of the Holy Image and the singularity of a monastery with almost more then 1000 years of history and a continuous and relevant weight in the spiritual, social and cultural life of a country, as is shown by the editorial Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, the Museum, the Escolania or, recently, Montserrat Television. Montserrat is shown in all its complexity and wealth through an expository tour which uses different and innovative museum resources, as well as modern audiovisuals, thus leading the visitor into the mountain, the history, the monastery or the sense of monastic life in a very vivid way. The tour comes to an emotive end where the Escolania plays an outstanding role.
Rack Train Montserrat, a spectacular voyage. On a 15 minute track and surrounded by the outlines of the mountain, the Rack Train of Montserrat takes you directly in to the center of the monastery. It offers a privilged view and a spectacular environment.