Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, CT, Barcelona

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Barcelona
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


This half day tour will take you to discover one of the most emblematic places in Catalonia, the amazing and mystic Montserrat Mountain. During the first part of the tour, we will enjoy a guided visit to learn about the history and meaning of this place. We can visit the interior of the Monastery and the Church, where is located the famous virgin known as “La Moreneta”. The tour also includes the cog-wheel train trip, the entrance to the audio visual exhibition and a taste of typical liquors.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Montana de Montserrat, 08199 Montserrat Spain

Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated).

The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color.

You will climb the mountain inside the Rack Railway (Cog-Wheel Train).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Abadia de Montserrat, Carretera BP-1121 S/N, 08199 Montserrat Spain

During the first part of the tour you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy de fabulous land scape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit de audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Cog-wheel train ride
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors made by the monks of the monastery
  • Radio guide system
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • 20% off in the Sant Joan Funicular ticket.
  • 10% off in the Museum entrance fee.
  • 10% off in the buffet restaurant at the “Mirador dels Apostols”.
  • Entry/Admission - Montana de Montserrat
  • Entry/Admission - Abadia de Montserrat

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • This is a large coach tour with a maximum of 50 participants
  • Note that the La Escolania children's choir does not perform in the afternoon
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 05 Aug 2019 -

Deborah M

This is an amazing site to visit, however; I would recommend going up to the Monastery on your own. My daughter and I did the guided tour. It is a speed-version. We were only allowed an hour to explore. You need an entire day if you are going to see The Madonna, tour the museum and get a hike in. Will definitely return and spend the whole day here!

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -


I enjoyed this tour immensely. If you can, walk up to the cross and see the most breathtaking views ever! Beautiful place and my tour guide was great! Worth every penny spent!

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Billy B

We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The mountain was beautiful and riding up on the Cog Train afforded fantastic views. Seeing the Black Virgin and Monastery was awesome.
Be sure and buy some of the local cheese.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Tasha H

Prior to booking, I felt like the reviews were mixed. I am SO happy we decided to do this. This is a must do when visiting Barcelona. First I want to PRAISE our tour guide Christina! She was great. Friendly, knowledgeable, patient and kind. She told us so many facts about Montserrat, and the entire way to the Monastery. She spoke slowly, which made the abundance of information understandable.
We started off on a large tour bus, which was a pleasant surprise. Very comfortable and equipped with AC. As we made our treck to Montserrat, Christina explained the history of Barcelona and Catalonia along the way. The cogwheel train ride was a thrill, and our free time around the monastery was great, only wish we could have had a little more time. We stood in line for about 45min to see the Black Madonna, something I also urge you to do. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The views were spectacular, and the architecture falls right in line with the rest of the history of Spain. Take the family, there is plenty to see!

Image - 29 Apr 2019 -

Mary Jehn

We thoroughly enjoyed this train ride and tour of the monastery. The only negative is that our tour guide’s English was difficult to understand.

User's Picture Gallery



family vacation 2015


The beautiful altar of Sagrada Familia


Orange and red faces the sunset


Blue faces the sea


A forest of columns


Crucifixion facade


La Sagrada Familia




My daughter and I posing in front of the beautiful mountains.


Ricky and Heidi




Montserrat Holy of Holies




The Black Virgin of Montserrat.





Golden light on the valley outside Montserrat.





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