Chatter, rejoicing and laughter around the table, enlivened by the delight of discovering culture through food and wine. All of it echoes in your mind while you walk through the woods, after a fabulous Spanish lunch. It smells of wild rosemary and pine trees. Of thyme and lavender. Mediterranean scents walk along with you as you take a comforting stroll in the forest. At the end of it, trees allow a long waited sight. After having explored the depths of Montserrat Monastery history and legends, after having been marveled at its stunning views and landscape, a new one now opens up now before you. Your stomach is full of joy, but you are ready for more. You are ready to cross the gates of a 10th Century castle and learn the new stories that lie in the huge estate that surrounds it. With a glass of wine in your hand, and Montserrat Massif presiding the scene, now it’s time to be inspired by tradition, by the determination of many generations that have shaped the country. From the buds of its vines, wine drips into your glass as culminating a memorable day.
Embark on this well-paced full-day experience that will take you from Barcelona city center to the heart of Barcelona’s countryside. Departing early in the morning from the Hard Rock Café, your first destination will be the scenic Monastery of Montserrat. A whole morning of astounding landscape, views and history await in there. After enjoying a one-hour-long tour through the highlights of Montserrat Monastery, you will have more than two hours of free time. Contemplate the splendid views while doing a short hike, be amazed by the art collection in Montserrat Museum -where you will find some Dalí and Picasso paintings, as well as a mummy-, enjoy the world-famous Escolania de Montserrat Boys’ Choir, or sample some of the delicacies you can find in the shop and the local farmer’s market. During peak season, you will even have the chance to take the cable car up the mountain. Your guide will advise on all your options depending on your interests and, so that you can make the most of your time in Montserrat.
After a wonderful morning and a short bus ride, it will then be time to satisfy your stomach with an included full Spanish meal delivered in Oller del Mas winery restaurant. Savouring local cuisine is one of the best ways of making the most of your travel destination, so get ready to savor a multi-course lunch made with seasonal ingredients of the Barcelona area.
Within walking distance from the restaurant, after enjoying a soothing walk in the woods, you will reach the 10th century castle of Oller del Mas. From there, you will finally understand the magic of Montserrat Mountain, which presides the landscape behind the vineyards. The wine tour starts. Held in Oller del Mas we will visit the premises of the winery, we will have the opportunity to visit some private parts of the Castle, we will also visit the production plant (only in used in harvest season), the barrels room and the old tanks where wine was made in medieval times. Finally, plunge into tradition and history and enjoy their most exclusive wines. A wine tasting experience that will put the perfect end to a memorable day trip.
Head back to the same spot where we picked you up, in Barcelona center, after this day to remember for a very long time.
*Please note that l’Escolania does not sing on Saturdays and several dates throughout the year.
08:30 am Meet at Plaza Catalunya, 21 (by the Hard Rock Café)
08:45 am Departure for Montserrat
09:50 am Arrival to Montserrat
10:00 am Guided visit to Montserrat Monastery
11:00 am Free time at Montserrat
1:20 pm Meet your tour guide again
1:45 pm Departure for Oller del Mas Restaurant
2:15 pm Multi-course lunch with wine at Oller del Mas Restaurant
4:00 pm Guided visit through Oller del Mas vineyards, cellar, and castle
5:00 pm Wine tasting (3 ecological wines)
6:00 pm Departure for Barcelona
7:00 – 7:30 pm* Arrival to Plaza Catalunya, 21 (by the Hard Rock Café)
*Please note that the way back to Barcelona takes around 1 h – 1 h 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions.