OVERVIEW: The grandeur of Catalunya's highest viewpoint, Montserrat, is sure to form a lasting impression as you visit the mountaintop monastery where pilgrims come to worship "La Moreneta", the black Madonna. Admire the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat, and discover the Benedictine community of monks.
HIGHLIGHTS: View landmarks along the picturesque streets of Barcelona on the way to the Montserrat Mountains where the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over even cobblestone surfaces with numerous inclines and 45 to 50 steps. Montserrat is approximately one hour from Barcelona.
The grandeur of Catalunya’s highest viewpoint, Montserrat, is sure to form a lasting impression as you visit the mountaintop monastery and experience spectacular views. Admire the Black Madonna and Saint Mary of Montserrat.
-Views from the coach include Columbus Monument, Catalunya Square, Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló
-Montserrat: Visit the mountaintop monastery and enjoy the spectacular views. View the black Madonna, Saint Mary of Montserrat, and the Benedictine monks.
Begin your half day tour on a scenic ride from the port past the Columbus Monument en route to Catalunya Square, the heart of the city. Continue on to Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard and witness Gaudi's architectural masterpieces Casa Milà, known by Barcelonans as "La Pedrera House", and Casa Batlló while your guide provides commentary. Upon arrival on Diagonal Avenue, begin your ascent from the city to Montserrat.
The fascinating history of Montserrat began in 880 AD when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat Mountains. In the same moment, the children heard music and angels singing, filling their hearts with a radiant joy. The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded there in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 60 km to the west of Barcelona, offering spectacular views of Catalunya. Visit the monastery's shrine where pilgrims come to worship "La Moreneta", the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia. Admire the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat who is also worshipped at the shrine in the monastery. Discover the Benedictine community, now numbering some eighty monks, who have served the shrine for almost a thousand years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. Besides the monks, the escolans also live in Montserrat. They form the oldest boys’ choir in Europe. Attend a choral concert given by the escolans, if available. At the conclusion of your visit, return to the port via the same route.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and Euros for shopping.
-Sun protection and sunglasses.
What to Wear:
-Strongly recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
-Respectful attire that covers shoulders and knees should be worn in order to enter the church.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over even cobblestone surfaces with numerous inclines and 45 to 50 steps. Walking at Montserrat is at your own discretion.
-Time permitting; guests will have approximately 25 minutes for shopping and browsing.
- The attendance to the boys’ choir performance will depend on the scheduled performances. The boys’ choir performs at the following times: Monday to Friday at 12:00 pm, Sundays at 1:00 pm, except on holidays.
-The boy's choir is not in attendance during the last week of June through August due to annual holidays.
The 15 minutes scheduled for the performance will be replaced with free time at the Montserrat premises.
-The drive between Barcelona and Montserrat is approximately one hour each way, dependent upon traffic conditions.
-La Pedrera will not be seen on this tour due to venue restoration in 2014. However other modernist houses will be seen at Passeig the Gracia during your drive through the city.