From mystic mountains to Catalan wine country
Montserrat Day Trip & Cava Tour
The countryside beyond Barcelona rises to the jagged peaks of the Montserrat range and scrolls across the rustic wineries of Penedés. This private guided tour takes you out of the city to explore both landscapes in one day: changing altitudes and atmospheres between the holy, hilltop sanctuary and cool cellars stocked with regional, sparkling cava wine. You’ll ascend to the Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, a 1000-year-old shrine built and still populated by Benedictine monks. The church bells and resident boys’ choir have sounded out across the crags through the centuries, and the neighbouring part-modernist basilica houses paintings by Dali and Picasso. Next, you’ll descend into cava country to walk the vineyards at one of Catalonia’s oldest wineries. There you’ll learn the Saignée method by which that signature sparkling wine is made and taste the results in various premium varieties. Finally, you’ll round out the day with a long Spanish lunch at your guide’s favourite local restaurant.
What to Expect
Discover a sacred shrine & monastery built almost a millennium ago amid the crags and holy grottoes of Montserrat.
Survey the peaks & plains of Catalonia from the summit of Saint Jerome, which looks right across the Mediterranean to Mallorca on a clear day.
Taste prime samples of Penedés cava made with regional Xarel•lo and Parellada grapes at an old winery set against a mountain backdrop.
Meeting Place: To be arranged upon booking.
Meeting Times: 9 am
Duration: 8 hours
What’s included: Private driver, Mercedes Viano vehicle, guide, full-day tour, winery visit, all applicable entrance fees
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Good lunch options available upon request.