Montserrat Monastery and Horse Riding Tour

From Barcelona, horseback ride in the Natural Park of Montserrat and tour the Monastery

Travel Flexibly · 5.50h · Barcelona, Spain

Embarking on a trip to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona is a must, but did you know the best way to experience the region is by including a horse riding excursion? That’s why we’ve crafted this tour, which includes exploring the Natural Park of Montserrat while on horseback, a guided tour of the Monastery of Montserrat, and time to explore on your own. Topped with friendly guides and comfortable transport, you can look forward to an experience filled with both natural and cultural highlights.

  • New Tour
  • Horseback riding in Montserrat​
  • Natural Park of Montserrat
  • Have a quick briefing before the ride
  • 1-hour horseback experience
  • Monastery of Montserrat
  • Expertly guided tour
  • Free time to explore
  • Head back to Barcelona

After an early morning scenic transfer from Barcelona, past the FC Barcelona stadium, and into the Montserrat mountain range, you'll be ready to conquer the first big highlight of the day–a horseback riding excursion in the Natural Park of Montserrat. Don a helmet, learn tips and tricks, and hop on your horse for a splendid 1-hour ride through grassy valleys and under impressive peaks.

Then, continue to the crown jewel of the mountain range, the Montserrat Monastery, for a guided tour. See monks going about their daily lives, keep an eye out for the revered La Moreneta, and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat before taking time to explore on your own and transferring back to Barcelona.

Montserrat Monastery and Horse Riding Tour Description

Your 5.5-hour tour includes:

  • Return transport from Barcelona

  • Guided horseback ride

  • Visit the Montserrat Abbey

  • Free time to explore after a visit to the Monastery

  • Expert, English-speaking guide

  • Intriguing destination information

  • Monastery entrance ticket

  • Maximum group size of 8

Journey to the Natural Park of Montserrat

Your adventure begins bright and early at a designated meeting spot in Barcelona, where you'll meet your guide and fellow group members and start making your way to the Natural Park of Montserrat. Along the way, watch for the grandeur of Paseo de Gracia, the Royal Palace of Pedralbes, and the Sportive City of FC Barcelona while your friendly guide shares intriguing stories about the city's past and present.

Then, as urban landscapes transition to picturesque countryside, you’ll know you’re getting close to your first destination. The Montserrat mountain range will slowly dominate the horizon and set the scene for your splendid adventure ahead.

Horseback Riding Experience

One of the best ways to take in the beauty of Natural Park of Montserrat is on horseback, which is exactly what you’ll be gearing up to do this morning. After stretching your legs and taking in your surroundings, you’ll be given a quick but thorough briefing. Then, meet your horse, don your helmet, and follow your expert guide on a memorable ride through the park. And if this is your first time horseback riding or you have limited experience, don’t worry. This activity is perfect for beginners and experts alike and promises to be an amusing time for everyone.

Monastery of Montserrat

Following your hour-long horseback riding adventure, you’ll refresh during a quick drive to Montserrat, where another splendid adventure awaits. Take in the impressive Monastery of Montserrat, perched high in the mountains, and enjoy enthralling tales of its rich history and present-day use as told by your guide.

During your visit to the Monastery, you’ll also learn about the lifestyle of the 70+ monks who live here today and have a chance to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat. Those lucky may even have a chance to spot La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, who frequents the Monastery.

Free Time and Return to Barcelona

Before hopping back in your comfortable bus, enjoy free time at the Monastery. Whether it's shopping for souvenirs, savoring local flavors at the cafeteria, or simply marveling at the views, Montserrat ensures you're spoiled for choice. Then, after soaking in the mountain's magic, you'll return to Barcelona. Expect to be back by 2:30 pm, which frees up your late afternoon and evening for more grand adventures.

What you get with this tour
Return transport from Barcelona
Guided horseback ride
Visit the Montserrat Abbey
Free time to explore after a visit to the Monastery
Expert, English-speaking guide
Monastery entrance ticket
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes and clothing since you'll be active for most of the tour. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes and clothing since you'll be active for most of the tour. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Barcelona.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Montserrat Monastery and Horse Riding tour rain or shine. If rainfall is extremely heavy, the tour may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling for safety reasons.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

Yes, visitors to the Montserrat Monastery are required to wear clothing that covers their shoulders and trousers, shorts, or skirts that are longer than mid-thigh. You may not be allowed in if you're wearing sandals or anything offensive.

Do I need experience in horseback riding to join this tour?

No, this tour is crafted for all abilities and your friendly guide will ensure you feel comfortable and safe during the horseback riding portion of this tour.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, but you'll have a chance to find delicious food during your free time after visiting the Monastery of Montserrat. We're happy to recommend one of our favorite spots, but your guide is sure to point you in the right direction too.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Kids 12 years and older are welcome on our Montserrat Monastery and Horse Riding tour. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, children under the age of 12 won’t be allowed to join this activity. The rate is the same for everyone 12 years and older.

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