Leave bustling Barcelona behind for a relaxing getaway on this small-group excursion to Montserrat, a stunning nearby mountain. Here you will visit the Monastery of Montserrat and Oller del Mas, a winery in a XNUMXth century castle. Visit the beautiful vineyards and head into the cellar to learn about wine production and taste three excellent wines accompanied by a lunch of local tapas.
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Stop At: Abadia de Montserrat, Montserrat, Catalonia
Admire the landscape and learn all about its history from your local English-speaking guide. The one-hour guided tour includes a guided tour of the highlights of Montserrat Monastery and Basilica. Discover the stories and legends of the Moreneta, the engraving of a black virgin that the monks have kept in their temple for centuries. You will have some free time afterwards to check out the local farmer's market where local farmers sell their cheeses and honey or to continue admiring the stunning views. For travelers with an interest in art, the excursion leaves just enough free time to discover an amazing collection kept inside the museum by the monks. A real hidden gem!
Duration: 2 hours
Stop at: Oller del Mas, Manresa, Bages, Catalonia
It is then time to go to the winery of Oller del Mas, located half an hour drive from the monastery in the middle of the lowlands of the Barcelona region. The estate happens to be a restored XNUMXth-century castle (yes, welcome to Europe!) that has been in the same family for thirty-six generations. We won't tell you more, your guide will reveal almost all the secrets of this picturesque place during this wine tour. A discovery of the stages and secrets of Spanish wine production can only end with a tasting of the finished product: ecological wines! You will have the opportunity to taste three traditional wines from DO Pla de Bages, the wine region at the foot of the Montserrat massif. A selection of traditional tapas, handmade with seasonal ingredients from the region, will accompany this wine tasting.
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: Castlexperience – Wine Tours, Barcelona, Catalonia
As you gaze out the window, the sun hides behind the silhouette of the Montserrat massif, highlighting its outline against the sky. Between its peaks, mysteries, legends and myths dwell in its rocks and caves. Your imagination will rejoice in all the stories and folklore you have discovered from the heights. You have contemplated the Catalan lands around you and discovered the stories that have taken place there over the centuries. Stories of Moors, Christians, castles, battles and nobles. All these stories can be read on the old stones of the fortified houses of the region. Just like the story, the vines take root deep in this clay soil. Several generations have worked hard in these vineyards to produce unique wines that bear witness to the passion, history and tradition of the region. This whole new universe of local flavors is always on your mind and, without realizing it, you will be dreaming about it on your return trip to Barcelona. What an unforgettable morning.