Barcelona City Tour and Montserrat with Rack Railway - full day

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Live the essence of Barcelona and let yourself be enchanted by Montserrat’s magic: a unique day with the city’s distinguished places and mountain’s charm.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Montserrat mountain is special for its rocks shape that reminds of a human and animal appearance.

The Basilica de Montserrat holds the Montserrat Virgin, known as La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), the patron saint of Catalonia.

La Pedrera and Casa Batlló are the most emblematic Gaudí's houses and current jewels of Passeig de Gràcia.

The Montjuïc Cable Car takes the visitor to Parc de Montjuïc, Mirador, and Castell de Montjuïc to enjoy the finest panoramic views of Barcelona.

The narrow and labyrinthine streets of Barri Gòtic are the cultural heritage of the Roman and Medieval Eras.


DETAILS

CITY TOUR:

We will start with a sightseeing tour from the bus that will take you up the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, where you will see the most famous Gaudi houses, Casa Batlló and La Casa Mila (La Pedrera) as well as other majestic buildings of the Modernism era. We will take you to the sea where you will be able to admire the intense changes the city underwent with the organization of the Olympic Games in 1992.


You will drive by the Arc of the Trionf, Ciudadela Park, the Olympic Village, the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman’s quarter, called Barceloneta, the Port Vell, Plaza (square) de Colon with its famous Columbus monument, indicating which way he sailed to discover the Americas. This point is also the beginning of the famous Ramblas of Barcelona. We will continue the visit driving up Montjuïc where we will make a short stop at Olympic Stadium Lluis Companys.


We will continue driving up to Montjuïc Castle where you will enjoy a cable car ride with precious views of the city. The bus will pick you up at the last station and we will continue our Montjuïc visit passing by the sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympic Games: the Lluis Companys stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Olympic swimming pool Picornell until we get to the Spanish Village. We will visit this charming place where you will admire a collection of traditional buildings from all over Spain and a demonstration of a selection of the handcrafts made in this country. After the visit of the Spanish village, we will leave the Montjuïc behind and go back down to the city center. During the drive back to the city center you will be able to admire the Venetian Towers, the Montjuïc fountains, the MNAC and the CC, “Las Arenas” rebuilt over the ancient “Plaza de Toros” (bullrings). We will arrive at the Plaza de Catalunya, the starting point of the guided walking tour of the old city center. Our guide will take you to the Ramblas, Cathedral Square, threw the narrow street of the Gothic quarter and to Plaza Sant Jaume where the City hall is located and the headquarters of the Catalonian government.


Our tour finishes at the Plaza de Catalunya, in front of the Hard Rock Café.


MONTSERRAT:

A comfortable Bus will take you to the Mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). You will get to the Monastery by a rack railway. The rack railway takes 15 minutes to the top, while you can enjoy a privileged and beautiful view of the mountain. It is equipped with panoramic windows, which make the trip an interesting attraction. It is equipped with air conditioning and adapted wheelchair. 


The rocks of Montserrat were formed by a natural cement of sand during the centuries.The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations


You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict Sanctuary of Montserrat was found in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The small Monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs of the pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded. 


You will be given free time to visit an audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and taste typical liquors of Montserrat, handmade by the monks of the Monastery (both activities are included).

Requirements

  • You can submit your voucher in electronic or paper format.
  • Please be aware that some tours include Walking Tours, we kindly advise you to use comfortable clothes and shoes and come prepared for some walking.
  • Please be at the pickup location 15 minutes before the tour starts
  • Participants can expect 1h15m (April-October) or 45m (November-March) free for lunch between morning and afternoon part. Lunch not included.
  • Correct dress code may be requested for entrance into Churches.
  • Children under the age of 6 are the sole responsibility of parents.
  • Please note that Montserrat has a typical mountain climate and, depending on the season of the year, you will need warm or rain clothing

Meeting point

Additional directions

Carrer de Balmes nº 5

ID: 6871; Living Tours

Tips

  • Do not forget to wear comfortable clothes and bring your voucher and your camera!
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