As you look through the window, the sun hides behind the silhouette of Montserrat massif, outlining its contour against the sky. In between its peaks mysteries, legends and myths dwell in its rocks and caves. Your imagination plays with all the stories and folklore you have heard and seen from its heights. You have contemplated the Catalan lands extending before you; you have learnt about the centuries that have happened in it. Moors, Christians, castles, battles and noblemen. All these stories exudate from the old stones of the long-ago-fortified houses of the region. In there now, like history, vines sink their roots deep in the dry clayish soil. This, in return, contributes to the result of generations of hard work: unique wines that speak of passion, history and tradition. This whole new universe of local flavors still lingers in your mind and, before you realize, it takes you to the world of dreams on your trip back to Barcelona. What an unforgettable morning.
If you have limited time to enjoy the wonders of the area surrounding Barcelona, this is your tour. The mystical massif of Montserrat, the heart of Catalonia, lies one hour away from the city, surrounded by vineyards – so one morning will do if you want to get a hint of the Barcelona’s country life.
In this Montserrat and wine half-day tour departing from Barcelona city center, the first destination will be this beautiful mountain range. Amaze yourself with the landscape and learn all about its history by the hand of your local English-speaking tour guide. The hour-long guided visit includes a tour of the monastery highlights and basilica of Montserrat. Hear stories and legends about La Moreneta, the carving of a black Virgin Mary that the monks have kept in their temple for centuries. You will have some free time after that, enough to discover the local farmer’s market in which the farmers of the area sell their cheeses and honey, or to keep on enjoying the jaw-dropping views. For those travelers interested in art, the tour allows just about enough time to discover an astonishing collection that Montserrat monks keep inside their museum. Such a hidden gem!
After enjoying Montserrat’s mystique, it’s time to head to Oller del Mas winery, located half an hour away from the monastery in the middle of the Barcelona’s region low lands. The winery just happens to be a restored 10th century castle (yes, welcome to Europe!) that has been owned by the same family for thirty-six generations. No more spoilers though – your guide will be the one in charge to unveil almost every secret this picturesque location has to offer during the wine tour. Learning about the steps and curiosities of Spanish wine-making can only be topped by a tasting of the final product – their ecological wines! You will have the opportunity to try three traditional wines from D.O. Pla de Bages, the wine region at the feet of the Montserrat range. Wine will be accompanied by a selection of traditional tapas, handmade with seasonal ingredients from the area.
Wine tasting can be quite an exhausting activity, and a traditional Spanish siesta seems to be the most popular option amongst travelers on the bus ride back to the city. We will drop you exactly where we picked you up, in Barcelona city center.
While several wine tours or day trips are offered around the Barcelona area, we bet you a glass of wine you won’t find a better one than ours!
8:30 am Meet at Plaza Catalunya, 21 (by the Hard Rock Café)
08:45 am Departure for Montserrat Monastery
10:00 am Guided visit through Montserrat Monastery
11:00-11:15 am Free time at Montserrat
11:45 am Meet your tour guide again
12:00 pm Departure for Oller del Mas Cellar
12:30 pm Guided visit through Oller del Mas vineyards, cellar, and castle
1:15 pm Wine tasting (3 ecological wines) and tapas lunch
2:15 pm Departure for Barcelona
3:15 – 3:45 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.
*Please note that the free time during this tour does not allow enough time to visit the Museum of Montserrat, touch the Black Madonna, or ride the funicular. Check our full-day Montserrat, Food & Wine Tour if you are interested in these activities.