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Start your half day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable bus towards the mountain of Montserrat. Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The mountain receives its name for its peculiar morphology. In 1987 Montserrat was declared a Natural Park to ensure its conservation. The highest peak is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters above sea level.
The importance of this mountain is due to the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves. This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. This image of the Madonna is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) for its dark color. The color is the result of a reaction caused by varnish. La Moreneta´s holiday is on April 27th.
Due to the legend of the Madonna, the mountain has been linked with spirituality. Besides the main monastery of Santa María de Montserrat, there is a great number of small churches and chapels, some of them abandoned. The main monastery stands at 720 meters above sea level. Nowadays there is a community of 80 monks that live there and follow the rule of Saint Benedict.
During the first part of the tour the guide will give you an introduction to the history of the monastery and the mountain. Once the guided tour has ended, you will have free time to enjoy de fabulous land scape by yourself, to visit the local food market, to visit de audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.
At the appointed time, you will meet the guide at the bus stop to depart to the prestigious wineries of the Torres family in the heart of Penedés, where you will discover and experience all the secrets about the fascinating world of wine. This visit starts with a commented tasting of two wines and a full local appetizer-brunch. Later we will visit the vineyards and the winery, where we will see the new space where the iconic wine of the family is made: Mas La Plana. In addition, the visitor has the opportunity to access the Waltraud winery and the area used for the maturation of the most emblematic Torres wines.
Afterwards we will be driven to Sitges, one of the most beautiful villages of the Catalonia coast. This sailor village is one of the favorite destinations of the tourists that visit Catalonia, because its picturesque old town center with narrow streets, beautiful beaches, a vibrant cultural live, good food, nice and unique shops. You will visit its streets with our guide who will explain you historic details about the “Indianos”, that people who went to America in search of a better life. After the guided tour you will be free to continue discovering the corners of the city, its magnificent beaches or go shopping in the old town.
Departure: Balmes, 5 Barcelona
Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Period: Apr 01 – Oct 31
850 College Street,
Toronto, ON M6H 1A2
Monday to Friday
9:30am – 5:30pm