Cardona and Montserrat - Brunch Included

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Introduction

Book online and discover the most magical mountain in Catalonia and be enchanted by the spirituality of Montserrat! The Benedictine Monastery, the ancient Church of Santa Cecilia, and its landscape will forever be engraved in your memory.

Explore the Gothic and Medieval beauty of Cardona and its stunning Salt Mines.


   Thursday, Saturday    9:30 hours
Highlights

Get to know the modern fortress and the ancient castle of Cardona, built in the year 886

Visit, at 86 meters of depth, the galleries of Cardona's Salt Mountain

Savor the typical liquors created by the monks of the Montserrat monastery 

Enjoy a delicious "Brunch" with wine and local produce

Key details

LANGUAGE

English and Spanish

DURATION

Approximately 9h30

SCHEDULE

Thursdays and Saturdays at 09h00 AM

Full description

Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach until you reach de Cardona region. At the top of a hill, 585 meters high, there is a medieval fortress considered one of the most important in Catalonia. 

Of Romanesque and Gothic styles, this castle includes the rooms: Dorada (Golden) and dels Entresols (Between floors). The castle's jewels are the tower of the Minyona (of the 11th century), and the Romanesque Church of San Vicente de Cardona.

During the fifteenth century, the Dukes of Cardona were the most important family of the Crown of Aragon, only behind the Royal House. The members of this ducal house were known as "kings without crowns", because they had extensive territorial domains in Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia, and dynastic links with the royal houses of Castile, Portugal, Sicily and Naples.

The visit continues towards Cardona's Salt MountainThis depression has some natural characteristics considered worthy of an inclusion in the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest of Catalonia. Have the opportunity to walk through its tunnels at 86m deep! The outcrops of salt are located within this depression, for what was formerly known as the Saline, and currently is known as Saline Valley.

After finishing a brunch made up of typical local products and wine, the tour continues towards the mountain of Montserrat, that rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). 

The rocks of Montserrat are a natural sand cement that for centuries has been shaped by wind and rain. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shapes in some of its peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origin. This visit will give you the opportunity to breathe fresh air and enjoy the wonderful views of the mountain, one of the special creations of nature. 

You will enjoy an early visit to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat before it is overcrowded with tourists. This Sanctuary houses the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta (the Black Virgin)You can see this famous carving from a distance. 

The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop to the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The small monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who have contributed to the dissemination of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Recently, Montserrat has been modernized to continue serving the needs of pilgrims a thousand years after its foundation.

You will have free time to visit the audiovisual room where images of the history and creation of the monastery are projected. You will also have the chance to taste the typical liqueurs created by the monks of the monastery.

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Included

  • Coach with air conditioning.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Audioguide system. 
  • Entrance and visit to the Castle of Cardona.
  • Brunch that includes: local products and a glass of wine and another of cava.
  • Entry and visit to the Salt Mines.
  • Tasting of 4 typical liqueurs, prepared by the Monks of the Monastery
  • Entrance to the audiovisual space.

Excluded

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Other food and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities (optional).

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Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Reviews

Nice trip
Cardona is the perfect day trip from Barcelona. The tour was a very pleasant experience and the expectations fulfilled completely. The bus was comfortable. We entered the castle of Cardona which was incredible. The brunch includes local products, wine, and cava.
Luca Wilkins

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