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Discover Montserrat and live a medieval fair in the center of Catalunya ONLY ON 24th & 25th of FEBRUARY 2018

ONLY ON 24th & 25th of FEBRUARY 2018
8h aprox
From 10:30am to 7:00pm

Leave Barcelona in the early morning (10.30am) and travel by air-conditioned mini-van to Montserrat, about 1hour away from Barcelona. Montserrat is the monastic centre of Catalunya, home of the famous black virgin “la Moreneta”.

You will be able to explore the magnificent mountains of the natural park and enjoy the spectacular views. Take the cable car and see from above the sanctuary, which has been in use for almost 1000 years for pilgrims, who have climbed this spectacular mountain.

At 12pm, you will have the opportunity to listen to “La Escolania de Montserrat”, one of Europe’s oldest children’s choirs. Escolania choir school is comprised of more than fifty boys, from nine to fourteen years old, who come from all over Catalonia to take part in daily prayer at the Sanctuary.

Next stop is in the heart of Catalunya, Manresa, which history has been marked by the different periods the city has lived through. It is a legacy that today is explained through various corners linked to history, such as Modernist buildings, Medieval streets and Baroque mansions.

On the early evening, local citizens gather and walk around the Hoe’s Fair (or “Fira de l’Aixada”) also known as The Festival of the Light. The festival commemorates the miracle in which, 500 years ago now, a light from Montserrat came into the church of Carme. That symbol made everyone understand that the conflict the city was living should be resolved.

The old quarter of Manresa fills with craftspeople, masters of old trades demonstrating their arts, tightrope walkers, troubadours and other elements and attractions from the medieval repertoire. The busy streets, decorated to give them a 14th-century atmosphere, the smells and the music of other times transport visitors to the heart of a very lively popular festival, full of activities for children and for older people and with constant surprises.

The day finishes in Manresa, from where the group returns to Barcelona, arriving at around 7pm.

 

Inclusions:

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Meeting locals and participate in the local activity
  • A professional native guide provides the guided tour in Catalan, Spanish or English
  • Tour of Montserrat is included
  • Local taxes included

 

Exclusions:

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick Up/Drop Off
  • Meals are excluded, however we can always recommend good places to eat or typical food to taste

 

Specific information:

  • This tour is available in English, Catalan and Spanish
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior the tour
  • Please, bring raincoat in case it rains
  • There will be time of the bus, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear
  • No refunds are available once a tour or service has commenced. If you cancel at least 3 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure or commencement time, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 calendar days of the scheduled departure or commencement time, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee
  • All return times are approximate
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • We can also pick you up and drop off at your accommodation place for just 15€/group more. Tell us when you check in!

 

Meeting point:

The meeting point is at Plaça Ossa Menor (in the Glories Shopping center), which is easily accessed from the entrance located in Diagonal Avenue. We meet next to McDonalds.

 

 

Tailor made?

Would you like a private tour? Would you prefer a tailor made tour? Are you a big group or and would like to visit something else during the evening? Do you rather do a peaceful walk with your children? Please, write us with your interest and enquiry and will get back to you with an interesting proposal! livingit@livingit.cat

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