Hike Montserrat mountain. Small group.

Barcelona, Spain

Experience hosted by Fermi

  1. 9.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
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What you'll do

A one day hiking trip to admire and explore the historical and natural terrain of the iconic peaks of Montserrat on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
Starting with a visit to the 16th century Basilica, to admire its 12th century “Black Madonna" a wooden carving from the 12th-century, known as La Moreneta (the Dark One).
Then during 4 hours, we will hike past authentic "hermitages" (shrines, retreats) where the first inhabitants of Montserrat gathered more than a thousand years ago. We will watch and perhaps climb, some of the most famous and iconic peaks of the Montserrat mountain range.
If you are lucky, you might even see Spanish Ibex in their natural environment.
On your way down, you will see more shrines, before heading back to the monastery and returning to your meeting point in Barcelona at around 5:30pm.

Elevation Gain/Loss: +450 m (+1.500 ft)/ -740 m (-2.400 ft)
Duration: 9.5 hours
Active Hiking Time: 4 hours
Total distance hiked: 11 km (7 mi)
Other things to note
Required: Mountain walking shoes, warm clothing (winter), sunscreen and cap (summer)
St. Joan funicular railway will be out of service from November 2017 to March 2018
A one day hiking trip to admire and explore the historical and natural terrain of the iconic peaks of Montserrat on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
Starting with a visit to the 16th century Basilica, to admire its 12th century “Black Madonna" a wooden carving from the 12th-century, known as La Moreneta (the Dark One).
Then during 4 hours, we will hike past authentic "hermitages" (shrines, retreats) where the first inha…

What's included

  • Food
    1 liter of bottled water.
    Energy snack typical from Montserrat and p...
  • Tickets
    Admission to Montserrat
    I will pay our admission to Montserrat and th...
  • Transportation
    I will take you to Montserrat in an air-conditioned vehicle while you enjoy...

Meet your Host, Fermi

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 31 Reviews
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Mountain is my passion and my life has always revolved around it. I 'm a titled mountain guide. This profession allows me to share with those people who come for a few days to Catalonia on vacation and love walking in the mountains.
Together, we will share adventures with all those who come to walk or hike to Catalonia, my country. Adventures cannot be programmed, they happen spontaneously! I’ll take care of the logistics, ensure your safety, and never confuse adventure with risk. The rest of the adventure will spring from each of you…
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Where you'll be

After visiting Santa Maria de Montserrat the mountain’s Benedictine monastery, and see the 'Black Madonna', we'll start an ascent to the middle of the Montserrat range, taking the St. Joan funicular railway.
Here the hiking part of the tour begins. A genuine shrine is where we will stop for having lunch in the company of the wonderful views.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 31 reviews.

October 2021
I highly recommend Fermi and this particular route. Let me expand my opinion about both. 1. Fermi is highly professional and have very deep experience in climbing and hiking in general and in particular this route. So he can adapt the routes to you interests and physical abilities. it can be just easy walk or intense workout, as you wish :) Also he knows all special places with less people and grate views. Also I would like to highlight not only professional skills but vibe. Fermi is very comfortable person to share route and he made very welcomed atmosphere. 2. Now about the area. I find this mountings quite unique. For example they are very different from Kazbek or Altai area. Also route different from Lycian trail if compare to clothes trail routes. I recommend to visit it. Regarding the historical part with monasteries, I am not a big fan, so I came mostly to see mountains. But it is interesting complement.
January 2020
Our guide was Frank, and he was absolutely excellent! He was extremely accommodating of a change in the date due to inclement weather (intense rain and wind). Communication was superb, and Frank was so gracious and open about himself and suggesting the best plan of attack with our itinerary based on unforeseen obstacles (ie the funicular was under construction and the normal path was closed due to possible avalanche activity from the rain and wind). My kids 9 and 11 needed more time to enjoy certain areas/rest/needed to eat, and Frank was flexible and accommodating with our needs as a family. He treated my kids as if they were his own family, and my kids simply adored him. I can’t recommend Frank enough. He gave us a 5 star experience and we feel so grateful that we spent time with him at the beautiful Monserrat monastery.
December 2019
Great hike and simply beautiful. We got lucky and it was just Fermi and us for the day and he brought us to some spectacular views. Would recommend this adventure to all!
December 2019
The tour of the monastery and hike up Montserrat was amazing from the start. Our Guide Fermi, picked up up close to the AirBnB we were staying at. His van was clean and comfortable for the 45 min drive to the mountain. Once there we reviewed the plan of the day and started touring the Abby, which was amazing. Fermi gave us such great background and history that it made the start of the tour come alive. Never felt rushed. Once we were finished at the monastery, we took the funicular part way up the mountain and began our journey. The pace was great and accommodated everyone in our family, especially our two sons, 9 and 12. Fermi found opportunities to engage the boys in a little climbing and made safety a priority. Along the way there were some steep climbs but nothing anyone is decent shape couldn't handle. Fermi always gave us the option of taking the short cut or the easy way but we opted for the climbs and long way around so we could see more. We hiked to several of the mountains peaks, had several goat sightings, a rare occurrence, then started our ascent to the tallest peak. Fermi took his time, gave us plenty of time to rest along the way, pointed out several of the hermitages and told us stories along the way. All the while he found opportunities to take pictures of us where there were amazing views. Once at the top of the mountain, he treated us to great Spanish lunch he picked from a local bakery. Sun-dried tomato, arugula and cheese sandwiches, on this amazing bread. Lemon cake, chocolate covered rice cakes and fresh mandarins, along with plenty of water, refueled us for the journey down. In all, we made it an 11 mile hike and, while we were exhausted by the time we arrived back at the monastery, it was a wonderful experience and 100% worth the time, cost and energy. If you do plan to go to Barcelona, and are thinking of taking a tour, Fermi is the only person to call.
November 2019
The setting/landscape is gorgeous. The guide catered the hike to our ability. Our guide knew the mountain like the back of his hand- amazing! This hike is not for beginners!
October 2019
The group was just my spouse and I which meant that we had a very personalized hiking experience. Fermi asked whether we wanted an easy or difficult hike, and when we said "medium," that is just what we got. The views were amazing and we came very close to some mountain goats. The snack and lunch were delicious. I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Fermi is a wonderful guide.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 4 and up can attend, up to 8 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is strenuous.

What to bring

Lunch and water is included but it is recommended to bring snacks and drinks if you think you will need them Advise any specific dietary requirements
Required: Mountain walking shoes (not mountain sandals), warm clothing (winter), sunscreen and cap (summer)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.