Leave our office in central Barcelona on an air-conditioned coach towards Cardona. Sit back and relax on the journey to Cardona’s Salt Mountain Park.
Get into the original tunnels of one of the most important potash salt mines in Europe until 1990. Marvel at the immense Salt Mountain and feel like a true miner travelling back in time into the salt basin. Put on a helmet and get ready to explore the old and new galleries of the site.
Visit one of the most important medieval fortress in Catalonia, the Cardona Castle. Build in the IX century by order of Guifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy), the construction is a perfect example of Romanesque style architecture. Learn about the vast significance of this Count actions with your local guide and the historical importance of this landmark. Marvel at the views and savor a brunch of tasty local products before heading to the mystic mountain of Montserrat.
On arrival to Montserrat, board the cog-wheel train up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views over the area. Admire the Mountain’s peculiar morphology, which comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth.
Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary, popularity of which comes from the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.
Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audio visual exhibition once our guided tour finishes.
* This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona
* Please check-in at the counter at least 15 minutes before the departure time
* Contact for Julià Travel Gray Line Spain 0034 93 317 64 54 / [email protected]
* Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show