Sant Cugat & Montserrat Monasteries
Visit two of the most important monasteries of Catalonia, driving along scenic roads that will take you up to the magic mountain of Montserrat, with exceptional views of the region. Visit the wine regions of Penedes, the land where the Cava is produced.
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The ascent will provide you with spectacular views of the mountain. At the parking lot of the monastery you’ll find a stunning vantage point. From here you will also have easy access to visit the basilica
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Montserrat is a sanctuary where spirituality and culture meet in a unique natural setting.
Monastery of Sant Cugat
Sant Cugat Monastery was built on the place of the 4th century Roman fortress known as Castrum Octavianum. Discover Barcelona and the surroundings with the tours designed by barcelonasyoulike.
We will continue along scenic roads that will take us to our first stop. We’ll enjoy a pleasant slow drive with exceptional views of the region and Montserrat Mountain
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Visit the Monastery of Sant Cugat del Valles
We’ll start our route at the Monastery of Sant Cugat, which in the 4th century was a Roman fort, known as Castrum Octavianum. The fort was built to protect the crossroad of two old roman roads, the Via Augusta and Vía de Egara (Terrassa) to Barcino (Barcelona).
According to the Christian tradition, Saint Cucuphas (Cugat, in catalan), who had come from Africa to preach the Christian faith in Roman territory, was martyred here in 313.
The village gathers around this beautiful ancient monastery complex, which is over 1000 years old and includes Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
Sant Cugat-Montserrat - 51.8 km
Montserrat-Sant Cugat: 52.9 km
Time: 4 hours
From 10.00 to 14.00
Visit the Monastery of Montserrat
The ascent will provide you with spectacular views of the mountain. At the parking lot of the monastery you’ll find a stunning vantage point. From here you will also have easy access to visit the basilica.
Montserrat is a mountain of outstanding beauty located in the heart of Catalonia.
At the temple, both pilgrims and visitors can venerate a beautiful 12th century statue of the Virgin Mary, known as “La Moreneta” (The Black Madonna), very revered virgin and patroness of Catalonia.
You can also listen to the Escolania (the children's chorus), considered today the oldest child’s conservatory of Europe, and visit the Benedictine Monastery, founded in the 11th century, which are evident expressions of the religious and cultural reality that characterizes the Catalan people.
Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park
We’ll finish our tour going back to the starting point in Sant Cugat. We’ll drive on roads that run through the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac, which was the first conservation area declared in our country.
This landscape covers several municipalities of the Barcelona province, such as Monistrol de Calders, Sant Llorenc Savall and Talamanca.
The union of the mountain formations of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac make up the whole area irrigated by the rivers Llobregat and Ripoll.
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We may leave the cars at the Montserrat cable car parking lot and climb the mountain by cable car.
The Montserrat cable car was started in 1930. Its length is 1350 meters and it rises to inclines up to 45%.
Take a ride and admire the panoramic views and the famous monumental Rosary of the Virgin.
You may also choose the traditional way and take a walk up the mountain for 4.77 km, reaching an altitude of 740 m. The easy to walk path used by many pilgrims will take you up to the Monastery. The most celebrated option would be to follow the pilots of the 70’s in their traditional car race to Montserrat.
Lunch at an exclusive restaurant & visit to Cava cellars
Lunch at a gourmet restaurant & Barcelona tour
Another option to extend the tour would be to return to San Cugat and have lunch at a gourmet restaurant. After you’ll drive to Barcelona along the beautiful roads of the Collserola Mountain Range. Enjoy a view of the city from the vantage point of Vallvidrera and finish with a tour through the streets of the city.
Alternatively you can have lunch in Barcelona and continue with an urban tour.
You could also visit the Art Museum of the Monastery, one of the country’s largest collections of paintings dated from 13th to 18th century. It includes works by Luca Giordano, A. Vaccaro, Tiepolo, Berruguete, Caravaggio, El Greco and Morales;
One option to extend the tour will be having lunch at the Montserrat Abbey restaurant and afterwards get to the summit of the mountain by the Sant Joan funicular railway.
This funicular railway offers a stunning panoramic view of Montserrat Mountain, 1,000 meters above sea level. The vantage point provides a bird's eye view of the monastery, as well as spectacular views of the regions nearby and the Pyrenees.
Time: 5 hours
From 14.00 to 19.00
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Another excellent option to extend the tour could include having lunch at an exclusive restaurant to discover the local cuisine. Afterwards you can visit the famous cellars and taste their wines and cavas.
Cava is a Catalan sparkling wine created by a traditional method. It is produced mainly in Penedès (Catalonia), particularly in the town of San Sadurní de Noia.
The traditional way of making the cava is the same method that is used for Champagne, the champenoise method. It is adapted to local varieties from Penedes or other areas of production in Spain. The main varieties of grapes used for the production of cava are Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel.lo.
Each one of these different grapes contributes to the Cava characteristics and complement each other: Macabeo gives the sweet scent, Parellada contributes with finesse, freshness and aroma, and Xarel.lo provides body and structure. Adding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir results in a taste similar to Champagne.
There are other minor varieties such as Subirat Parent, also called Malvasia. The red varieties Garnatxa, Monastrell and Trepat are used to produce the rosé Cava.
Catalan contemporary and impressionistic painting and sculpture from 19th and 20th century: works by painters such as Picasso, Dali, Rusiñol, Nonell, Mir and Cases.
This collection is complemented by works of French impressionist painters (Monet, Sisley, Degas, Pissarro...) and other contemporary painters (Sorolla, Zuloaga, Julio Romero de Torres...) as well as Middle East Biblical archeology and liturgical objects.
Lunch at the Montserrat Abbey restaurant + Montserrat Cable Car + Art Museum
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