HISTORICAL MONTSERRAT – Half Day Hike

Half Day Hike

Half day trip from Barcelona. In this hiking tour of Montserrat we will visit the Monastery of Montserrat (16th-century) and its “Black Madonna”. Your small group of 8 people or less, will also take the funicular (Funicular de Sant Joan will be out of service from November 2, 2017 until March 16, 2018 for renovation work on the machine room) up to the middle part of the Montserrat range where we will hike for 2 hours through the natural environment of this mountain, an area dotted with authentic, old hermitages where the first inhabitants of Montserrat lived more than a thousand years ago.

This is an easy hike, ideal for getting to know both the striking natural beauty and the special history of the area around the Monastery of Montserrat.

PRICE

Adults: € 65 (VAT included)

 

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Includes:

– Roundtrip Transportation:   Barcelona-Montserrat · Montserrat-Barcelona.
– Funicular up to Sant Joan. (Funicular de Sant Joan will be out of service from November 2, 2017 until March 16, 2018 for renovation work on the machine room).
– A Professional Mountain Guide.
– 2 hour hike through Montserrat Natural Park
– Accident insurance. Health assistance

Excludes:

– Gratuities (optional)
– Food and drinks

The tour begins at 8:00, when your mountain guide picks you up from the meeting point located in Barcelona center. Drive into the mountainous countryside for an hour in an air-conditioned vehicle and admire the striking rocky scenery around you. Once at the ancient religious site of Montserrat, visit Santa Maria de Montserrat, the mountain’s Benedictine Monastery and the 12th-century carving La Moreneta (“The Black Madonna”).

Then, ride the glass-topped St. Joan funicular railway (Funicular de Sant Joan will be out of service from November 2, 2017 until March 16, 2018 for renovation work on the machine room) and enjoy spectacular views of the monastery and the mountain while going up. With your small group of 8 or less people hike for 2 hours at Montserrat Natural Park; your guide will select different routes, depending upon the group’s preference. See thousand-year-old shrines and hear stories about the important roles they had, during the Spanish Independence War.
After hiking back down to the monastery you could taste some natural food products from local vendors, and to purchase lunch before returning to Barcelona around 14:30

Elevation Gain/Loss: +180 m (+600 ft)/ -400 m (-1.300 ft).         Duration: 6,5 h

Active Hiking Time: 2 h         Total distance hiked: 6 km (3,7 mi).

Level of effort: Low         Difficulty: Easy.   See Grades