we took a tour of the Montsarrat Monastery with Viator on Dec. 11/2018 . Very good tour of this beautiful place perched on the flanks of the mountain. Our guide, Aurelia , was knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. This 1000 year old Monastery is located one hour's drive from Barcelona. After our visit to the monastery we had a very good included lunch with plenty of wine, at Oller del Mas winery , which we visited afterwards for a wine tasting . All in all, a good day of touring ( full day )
Our tour guide, Anna helped make this a perfect day. We were given several options to fill our time while at Montserrat. We got to hear the Boys Choir, shop at the market, and visit the museum. We took the train back down and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. We had such a delicious and delightful lunch at a 10th century winery and toured the winery. Such rich history and delicious wines. It was a perfect day! Anna was very helpful, funny, and made the day so much fun!
I feel you get a lot for your money. The meal alone could have easily been $40 back in the states. This included gazpacho, salad with cooked tuna, traditional potatoes (can’t remember name), wine, bread, pasta dish (pork/chicken cannelloni type) and fruit. Also a shot of local digestif (really good,very light anise flavor but so much better-don’t be afraid to try it!).Then addon the wine tasing (sampled 3). Great deal. I learned a lot during the vineyard tour. Simon, the guide was super knowledgeable. I was glad we got him, as he seems very tenured and seasoned as a guide. He always had the right tone and attitude which is hard when dealing people day in and out. All the guides on our bus had a wonderful sense of humor. I only wished we had more free time on the mountain. We went during peak times and wait times were long.The guide was great about informing us of this. He had times for each option you could choose once on your own. You then had to decide what was priority during that time. Hard decision- it’s all so amazing there. The pilgrimage to the black Madonna is amazing to witness. I highly recommend looking into her story!