MONTSERRAT TOUR AND SITGES WITH LUNCH GUIDED TOUR
Would you like to visit mountain and the see in one day? Have you heard about Sitges known as Saint Tropez of Spain?
For many visitors a trip to Montserrat mountain is the highlight of their visit, but what if there is a possibility to combine mountain with the see? They are just one hour away from each other, but unless you have a car it’s impossible to see both in the same day as there is no public transportation connecting them.
You will visit Montserrat , a spectacularly beautiful holy mountain with dramatic rock formations and nearly 1000 years old Benedictine monastery. After Montserrrat mountain we will drive through Penedes region to Sitges. A former fishing village with wending streets, attracting artists and writers looking for inspiration from the azure waters, whitewashed houses and wild landscapes. After guided visit you can enjoy free time and have a lunch in one of the restaurants.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona and we will drive south-west, along the valley of river Llobregat. We will drive past several small towns, crops and mountains. After approximately 50 minutes we will reach the Monastic site of Montserrat. The views are astonishing, you will be delighted to learn about the legends and the history of the place. Upon arrival, your guided tour consists of visit throughout the Basilica and Monastery, with free time to explore the site on your own afterwards. There are many activities to choose from – you may want to touch the Black Madonna, visit the one of the best museum in Catalonia with Picasso , Caravaggio or Dalí works, make your way to the Holy Cave, ride a funicular to the top of the mountain, or shop at the farmer´s market. At 1pm you will be able to listen to the boy’s choir that usually sing everyday except Saturdays and on school holidays. The Escolania choir is one of the oldest Boy´s Choir in Europe and it is absolutely an experience to see and hear them sing.
After Montserrat we will head to the Garraf Coast, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and the nearby mountains provide the region with beautiful natural landscapes. The Costa de Garraf, the southern coast of Barcelona, has Sitges as its pearl. The town enjoys a privileged location where the sea meets a beautiful landscape of mountains. This is the ideal getaway for health tourists or for artists thirsty for inspiration.
We will do a walking tour of the winding streets and hidden corners of the labyrinthine Sitges city center and see several examples of modern architecture, including the Casa Bacardi and Casa del Rellotge. You will hear fascinating stories about the ‘Americanos’ who became rich off this ‘new’ continent.
End the day on Playa San Sebastian, named “the best urban beach in Europe” by the New York Times. Relax on one of its scenic terraces or take a dip in the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
- As a general rule, the Boys’ Choir sings from Monday to Friday at 1:00 pm and on Sundays at 12:00 am. They do not sing on Saturday. They are on holidays in July.
- Keep in mind that the agglomeration of visitors to see in high season the children’s choir of 10m is considerable and overshadows the environment and the energy of the place.
- This is private tour up to 6 people per group, if you are more than 6 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The weather in Montserrat is colder than the city center. Wearing a sweatshirt or sweater will be a good idea.
- Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
- If you have reduced mobility, please contact us before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board!
- To avoid long queues for visiting the Black Madonna, it is best to visit in the afternoon. This is due to the fact that most coach visits to Montserrat take place in the morning and so the whole Monastery is a lot busier during these hours.
- Cablecar*: If you are not scared of heights you can choose option of cablecar to get to the monastery. The ride takes less than 5 minutes, and even if guides can’t skip lines, there isn’t usually many people when we get there. Not recommended for people with walking issues either, as the walk from the upper station to the Monastery is uphill and involves some steps.
- *€7,75/person (ONE WAY)
WHAT WILL YOU SEE
Montserrat is a mountain, a unique Natural Park, a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that just into the sky; there are walks, paths, stairs, with caves and hermitages scattered over the mountain, and mysterious rocks and wonderful views.
Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery nearly 1000 years old, perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. This is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat, popularly called “La Moreneta” as she is black, patron saint of Catalonia and a presence strongly felt and revered. and for nearly a thousand years Benedictine monks have lived atop the mountain to welcome pilgrims to her shrine.The community of monks also run a boys’ school devoted to the study of music, and a famous choir. The choir is made up of 30 boys, 10 to 14 years old, and considered one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe, documented from 1223.
Montserrat museum with paintings by Greco, Picasso and Dalí among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt including a mummy. Our Lady’s Chapel, located in the Basilica, is usually open from 8:30 to 10:00 and from 12:00 to 18:30.
Penedés region is one of the most important wine and cava regions in Catalonia. Penedés land is between the sea and the mountains, and this influence of the sun and the sea makes that Penedés region is considered one of the country’s best wine-producing regions after the Rioja, it is also one of the most ancient viticulture areas in Europe. Through this tour, you will learn all about the world of wine and Sparkling wine.
Sitges: The painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol, in love with light and beaches, settled in Sitges in 1891. Cau Ferrat, his studio house turned into a museum, soon became a refuge for modernist and avant-garde artists from all over Europe. Its festivals, exhibitions and performances transformed the small “vila” of farmers and fishermen into a bohemian tourist destination.
From the beaches, the imposing picture, so often painted, of the church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla and its bell tower (from the 17th century, although later reconstructed) stand out. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1962). Walking through the narrow streets of the Baluard hill, in the famous “racó de la calma”, we will visit the Cau Ferrat museum (with paintings by Rusiñol, Casas, Nonell, Picasso and two works by El Greco); the Palacio Maricel (a building from the beginning of the 20th century); and the Maricel museum (an old hospital built on top of the cliffs with a large collection of medieval art). The spirit of the first artists remains in the festive and tolerant character of their inhabitants. Two celebrations stand out: the Carnival and the International Film Festival of Catalonia. A few minutes from Barcelona, Sitges offers a place for inspiration.
WHY GAUDÍ TOURS?
- Skip line at all top sites. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
- Specialized agency in Gaudí and Modernism
- Professional and fully licensed local guides
- Totally flexible.
- Personalized visit adapting to your characteristics, age, condition or interests.
- 24h customer service. Local phone available at the time of booking.
- Small Group preference (1 – 9 people) big Group (9 – 40) extra 5€ p/p for radio guides. We use individual radioguide for each assistant with big group..
- No burdens, no agglomerations, no rush.
- Travel tips from friends: recommendations to help you plan the rest of your stay in Barcelona.
Total per tour (guide+ transport): up to 6 people: 780 €.