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Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars

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Visit two of the most popular attractions near Barcelona, the revered Montserrat monastery and the Codorníu Wine Cellars on this guided tour from Barcelona.

Highlights

  • Explore the world-renowned Montserrat monastery and Codorníu Wine Cellars this guided tour with comfortable transport from Barcelona.
  • With an English-speaking local guide accompanying you on the tour, you can learn more about the impressive history of the area as you go along.
  • Follow the wine-making process from grape pressing to labeling the bottles at the Caves Codorníu’s vineyards and wine cellars.
  • Visit the Montserrat monastery and see the famous Black Madonna at the gothic basilica on the top of the mountain
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Your Experience

Embark on a journey into Catalonia early in the morning in an air-conditioned bus from Barcelona. Put the bustle of the city behind you as you climb the hills outside Barcelona and make your way to the Penedes wine region, where you will make a stop at Caves Codorníu for a visit to the wine cellars.

Follow the Wine: from Grape to Bottle

Caves Codorníu has been producing wine all the way back from 1551. Their underground cellars are the largest in the world, and they are the birthplace of Spanish sparkling wine, named cava. Your guide will lead you through the rows of Modernista-style buildings to visit the Cathedral of Cava, a unique and beautiful building that highlights the best of this style of architecture. From here you will go on to visit the cellars, built between 1895 and 1915 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Here you can watch the entire winemaking process as grapes are harvested, turned into wine, and then fermented for at least 9 months in the cool and dark conditions of the underground cellars. Your visit to the cellar will then conclude with an electric train ride and a taste of wine.

Discover the Serene Beauty of the Montserrat Monastery

After a scenic ride along the Llobregat River, you’ll find yourself in the rugged and majestic landscape of the ‘serrated mountain’, Montserrat, a treat for nature lovers of all ages. You will have a brief orientation with your guide upon your arrival, after which the guide will lead your group into the Gothic Basilica nestled in between the rock spires and sheer cliffs. Here you can see the famous Black Madonna, believed to be carved out of wood in Jerusalem in the late 12th Century. The Benedictine monks, purportedly, built the monastery around the statue because it was too heavy to be moved, thus turning this remote outpost into a pilgrimage spot. Your guide will also show you the major attractions in the region, like the museum with a marvellous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and home products market.

Once you’re done with the tour, you can also enjoy the local culinary specialities, from herbal liquors to cheeses, cured meats, and honey, at the stalls set up by the local artisans to let visitors sample and purchase their wares. These delicacies will give you an authentic taste of the regional Catalan cuisine, nicely rounding off your trip before you return to Barcelona.

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Inclusions

  • Transport to and from Barcelona in an air-conditioned coach
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Guided visit of the Codorníu wine cellars including a tour on a small electric train and a wine-tasting
  • Visit to Montserrat monastery, Basilica, and Black Madonna
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Exclusions

  • Food and Drinks
  • Funicular, track railway or cable car.
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Know Before You Go

Important Information

  • This tour involves some walking so please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Please dress a bit warmer for Montserrat, since it is colder than the city.

Timings and Availability

This tour takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1st April to 3rd November. The tour departs from Barcelona at 8:30 AM and it lasts for approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes, ending back in Barcelona.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible by wheelchair.

Rules to be observed in the Sanctuary

The Basilica and Tabernacle of Our Lady:

  • You may take photos inside the Basilica, provided you do so without flash and no services are being held.
  • At the Throne of Our Lady, it is best not to take photos, as it slows down the queue and disturbs others.
  • The Tabernacle of Our Lady is closed during services to make it easier for the faithful to take part and attain an ambience of silence and prayer.

The Holy Chapel and the Tabernacle:

  • These are places of worship. Please do not enter unless it is for devoting a few minutes of prayer and meditation.

Museum:

  • All museum visitors must act properly and safely at all times and they must not disturb others, hinder the normal operation of the museum or damage the museum facilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for their behaviour.
  • Visitors may not enter the museum with bags, packages, suitcases or backpacks larger than 40 x 30 cm.
  • Photographs may be taken without flash in the museum galleries. Taking photographs is prohibited in the temporary exhibitions, unless otherwise indicated. Tripods are not allowed.
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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel this experience up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your Montserrat Monastery Guided Tour with Transportation mobile voucher soon after purchase. Please display the same along with valid photo ID at the pickup point to gain entry.

Meeting Point

Hotel Olivia Plaza, Plaça de Catalunya, 19, 08002 Barcelona. Look for Orange Umbrellas.

Getting There

To reach the Hotel Olivia Plaza:
You can catch buses no. 55, N4, N8, or H16 to the Pl. Catalunya - Portal de l'Àngel bus stop.
The nearest metro station is Urquinaona on the L1 and L4 lines.

Validity

These tickets are valid only for the date booked during checkout.

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