Montserrat & Cellar in Penedès
Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat
Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain range, 10 km long and 5 km wide. It's one of the icons of Catalonia, with a very characteristic geology and topography.
The origins of the sanctuary date back to 888, when the hermitage of Santa Maria was founded. In 1025, Abbot Oliba, Earl of Vic and Abbot of Ripoll, founded a monastery next to the hermitage. It soon began recieving pilgrims and visitors, attracted by the virgin's stories and miracles.
In 1409, the monastery became an independent abbey. Between 1493 and 1835, thanks to a period of great reforms and splendour, it became a first order cultural center.
The war with France (1811-1812) and disentailment in 1835 led to destruction and abandonment. Not until 1844 was monastic life restored and in 1881, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed the Virgin Mary of Montserrat as Patron Saint of Catalonia.
Once again, Montserrat was abandoned during the spanish civil war (1936-1939), but fortunately it was safed from being sacked and destroyed.
One thousand years after its foundation, Montserrat keeps welcoming pilgrims from all around the world.
Llopart wine cellar
Departure by bus at 09.00h in the morning.
Arrival at Montserrat around 11.00h. Free time to visit the sanctuary.
At 13.00h, attendance to the Salve and Virolai chants.
Lunch at one of the sanctuary's restaurants.
At 15.00h, departure by bus to Els Casots, a village in the Alt Penedès region. Visit and wine tasting at Llopart Cellar.
Return by bus at 18.00h