Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia Tour

Uncover the stories of Gaudì's masterpiece in Barcelona and explore the cliff-tucked Monastery

Travel Flexibly · 8.00h · Barcelona, Spain

Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia are Barcelona’s most iconic sites, but did you know experiencing them both in one day takes a significant amount of planning? That’s why we’ve teamed up with experts to craft this full-day tour, so you can forget about the logistics and focus your time on the architectural wonders and staggering vistas that await. With a knowledgeable guide leading, discover the stories behind archaeological artifacts and Gaudi’s genius ideas—all at a leisurely pace.

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  • Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia Tour​
  • Stunning Montserrat cliffs​
  • Abbey of Montserrat​
  • Statues at Plaza Santa María​
  • Learn about Gaudi's legacy​
  • Marvel at the architecture and symbols​
  • Professional English guide​
  • Experience the space in calm​
  • The Magnificent Sagrada Familia​

Your adventure begins in the early morning hours with a transfer through the rolling hills of the Catalan countryside to the cliff-wedged Montserrat Monastery. Upon arrival, savor the serenity of the Monastery’s impressive grounds before the crowds arrive, and delve into the historical treasures within the museum and basilica, with your expert guide illuminating the stories behind each artifact.

After returning to Barcelona and enjoying lunch at a restaurant of your choice, prepare yourself for the awe-inspiring architectural marvel that is the Sagrada Familia. With entry tickets in hand, you’ll head inside and immediately be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of light and shadow. Take your time admiring the detailed intricacies of Gaudi’s extraordinary creation before bidding farewell to your guide.

Montserrat Monastary and Sagrada Familia Tour Description

  • Your 8.5-hour tour includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from Barcelona to Montserrat

  • Entry tickets to Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia

  • Tasting of liquors made by Montserrat monks

  • Friendly, knowledgeable guide

  • Small group experience with max 20 people

Journey to the Montserrat Monastery

Begin your day early in the morning from Avinguda del Marquès de l'Argentera, 6, an easy-to-reach avenue located in the heart of Barcelona. Here, you’ll meet your guide and fellow travel companions for the day and embark on a scenic drive toward the majestic Montserrat Monastery. As the cityscape fades, the natural grandeur of Catalonia unfolds, with the Montserrat mountain range piercing the sky.

Along the way, your guide will unveil the fascinating history of Montserrat, setting the stage for what awaits. The early start ensures your arrival at the monastery is timed perfectly to avoid the crowds and enjoy the cooler morning air, making your exploration of this spiritual haven all the more serene.

Exploration of Montserrat Monastery

At Montserrat, be prepared to wander through centuries of history and devotion. Your tour includes entry to the Montserrat Museum, which houses archaeological wonders of the east from Mesopotamia, Cyprus, Egypt, and Palestine. Take your time pondering the relics that offer a glimpse into bygone times, and be sure to keep your eye out for renowned 13th to 18th century paintings by artists such as Morales, El Greco, and Caravaggio.

Continuing your tour of Montserrat, you’ll next step into the basilica, where a blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture creates a majestic ambiance. With the help of an audiovisual presentation, you’ll gain a deeper insight into the lives of the singers, composers, and teachers who have contributed to Montserrat’s enduring legacy.

There’s no hurry here, so explore at your leisure to uncover the many hidden details dotted around the Monastery and savor the peaceful views with a coffee from one of the onsite restaurants.

Return to Barcelona, Free Time for Lunch

At a predesignated time, you’ll regroup with your guide and fellow travel companions for a return journey to Barcelona. You’ll no doubt have explored up an appetite, so you'll welcome the free time to enjoy a lunch of your choice. Whether you crave traditional tapas or a hearty Catalan meal, Barcelona's superb food scene won't disappoint. And if you’re not sure where to head, ask your guide for local recommendations.

Discover the inside of Sagrada Familia

By now, you’ll have certainly noticed the iconic Sagrada Familia and its towering spires reaching into the sky—and it’s finally time to head inside. With entry tickets in hand, you’ll pass through the grand doors and enter the expansive nave. Contrasting the outside, this space gives off a warm glow thanks to numerous stained-glass windows, while the impressive stone architecture reveals Antoni Gaudi’s architectural genius. Lose track of time as your guide reveals the layers of meaning behind Gaudi’s designs and highlights the connection between faith and art.

Then, as your tour concludes, you’re invited to continue exploring the enchanting nooks of the Sagrada Familia at your own pace. Meander into the museum, which holds insights into Gaudi’s legacy and architectural wisdom, or simply relax on a pew and soak up your serene surroundings. Thanks for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your time in Barcelona!

What you get with this tour
Monastery of Montserrat
Montserrat Museum
Liquor tasting
Inside visit to Sagrada Familia
Free time for lunch
Transport from Barcelona
Expert guide
Access to the towers of Sagrada Familia
Guide gratuity
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

What to bring?

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

Where to meet?

The meeting point is at Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera, 6 at the main entrance of "Estación de Francia" Barcelona

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Barcelona

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Private Barcelona in a day tour so your needs can be better accommodated. This Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia tour includes navigating crowded areas and navigating a few sets of stairs.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia tour rain or shine. If rainfall is extremely heavy, the tour may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling for safety reasons. On the rare occasion the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible. We will work with you to reschedule your tour when possible or provide a full refund.

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

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the Sagrada Familia might refuse entry and you’ll miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Barcelona can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Lunch is not included but you'll have a chance to find delicious food during your free time after visiting the Montserrat Monastery. We're happy to recommend one of our favorite spots, but your guide is sure to point you in the right direction too

Are drinks included in the price of the tour?

You'll have a chance to purchase a refreshing drink during your free time after visiting the Montserrat Monastery. We also recommend bringing water with you

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

Yes, everyone is welcome on our Montserrat Monastary and Sagrada Familia Tour . Infants are free, and we offer a reduced rate for children aged 3 to 11 years old. Please choose accordingly when booking

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

You'll meet your guide at Passeig Lluis Companys 5 in Barcelona

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends back in Barcelona. We can point you in the direction of public transport, call a taxi, or recommend somewhere to grab a refreshing drink and snack

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