We will begin our day driving out of Barcelona towards Cardona. Once we arrive, we will see the famous salt mountain that grows larger in diameter every year. Then, we will continue to Cardona Castle, where a modern fortress was built on the site of an older castle, blending distinct architectural styles. We will explore the interior of this amazing castle and learn about the history of the Dukes of Cardona, the "crownless kings." Afterwards, we will enjoy brunch before traveling to the mountain of Montserrat. To get to the top of the mountain, we will take a cog-wheel train, which brings us to the magnificent Royal Basilica at the summit. This building contains a famous 12th century Romanesque carving of the Black Madonna. The site has attracted pilgrims since its foundation in 1025. We will be able to enjoy a detailed audio-visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. Afterwards, we will take a short walk to the hermitage of Saint Benet. If we are fortunate, we will have the chance to hear them perform. Early in the afternoon, our guide will take us on an exclusive visit to the Sacristy built by the architect Fracesc Folguera. To end the day, we will find a nice spot outside to enjoy brunch and enjoy a little free time before returning to Barcelona.
This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
This medieval Catalan fortress sits on a hill overlooking the town of Cardona. Built in 886 by William the Hairy, it mixes the Romanesque and Gothic styles of medieval architecture.
A very short trip outside of Barcelona will bring visitors to Montserrat, a mountain nearby the city. Perfect hiking trails wind their way over the broad mountain. A beautiful Benedictine Abbey was built amongst these peaks.
*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Air conditioned motor coach.
Entrance and visit Cardona Castle.
Brunch composed by local food, one cup of cava and cava.
Entrance and visit to Salt mines.
Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery.
Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat "Espai Audio visual Montserrat." The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Meals and beverages, unless otherwise specified
Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
At Cardona there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
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