Montserrat, Tapas & Wine (morning tour)
Montserrat Upon arrival to our meeting point, you will be introduced to your local guide and the rest of the group. When everyone is set, we will depart to Montserrat Monastery, located an hour away from central Barcelona. Montserrat is a unique mountain in the world, certainly worth a visit if you are in Barcelona. It is considered to be the cornerstone of the Catalan culture, history, nature, and spirituality. Your guide will provide plenty of information about it all during the guided visit. You will see the atrium, where many events of the country’s history are depicted; the Basilica, inside of which sits the Black Madonna, and its outstanding façade. You will also see the 15th century cloister and Santa Maria square. At the end of the guided visit you will have some free time (around half an hour) to browse the Monastery’s souvenir shop, get a cup of coffee, discover local cheese and honey from Farmer’s Market, or soak in the magnificent views of the famous Stairway to Heaven. Oller del Mas Cellar After Montserrat, we head to the grounds Oller del Mas, located at the feet of Montserrat. The drive from the monastery offers wonderful views of the mountain and the region – make sure not to miss them! Oller del Mas is one of the most important wineries in Catalonia, having recently earned the “vi de finca”, the highest distinction for Spanish wines, and the “Best Wine Experience” award in 2016. This organic cellar is located in a 10th-century castle, which you will be exclusively allowed to explore with your guide. During the wine tour you will visit the vineyards, the barrels room, and the wine production area. The wine tasting will take place at the end of the visit. You will be able to sample three organic wines paired with a tasty cold tapas lunch with dessert. We cater for any special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or gluten-free diets. Your guide will ask you about it at the beginning of the tour.
Things you should know about this activity
Inclusions -Shared transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned bus -Local English-speaking guide -Guided visit to Montserrat Monastery (1 hour) -30-minutes free time at Montserrat* -Guided visit to Oller del Mas vineyards, cellar, and castle -Three organic wine tasting -Tapas lunch with dessert -Possibility to buy the wines tasted (shipping available) -Bottle of water, provided towards the end of the tour *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. Exclusions -Hotel pick-up and drop off -Tips and gratuities
Message From The Host
Meet us at Plaza Catalunya, 21 (by the Hard Rock Café) – look for the pink umbrella! The tour departs at 8:45 am – meet strictly at 8:30 am. Our tours depart on time to avoid delays. Please note that late shows or no shows are not refunded. Usually group size is maximum 16 people, although we reserve the right to extend the limit to 18. Transportation will be shared with other groups. Please note that we reserve the right to modify the order of the sites visited if considered necessary. This tour can be booked as private, also in other languages. Please contact us for more information. If you have reduced mobility, contact us before booking. We’ll do our best to welcome you on board! Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved. Temperatures in Montserrat and the winery tend to be more extreme than in Barcelona. Please check the weather forecast the day before and dress accordingly. Infants aged 3 or less may join the tour free of charge, but note that no car seat or meals are provided. We cater for any dietary allergies or restrictions.