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- Tuesday, June 5, 2012
(Barcelona – Sant Cugat = 18,7 Km – 40’)
An hour from Barcelona, visitors will encounter nature in a pure state in El Montseny Natural Park, in Les Guilleries and Collsacabra beside the Sau reservoir; towns with great historical tradition such as Vic, Manlleu, Manresa, Cardona, Igualada, Terrassa, Sabadell and Granollers; emblematic monasteries at Montserrat, Sant Llorenç del Munt, L’Estany, Lluçà, Sant Benet de Bages, Sant Cugat and Sant Pere de Casserres; two rivers, the Ter and the Llobregat, that played a prominent role in the industrial revolution; quality cuisine; Pla de Bages Designation of Origin wine; important spa centres at Caldes de Montbui and La Garriga; and sporting facilities such as the Circuit de Catalunya Grand Prix track.
Guided visit of Sant Cugat Monastery (9:30 am)Plaça d'Octavià, 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Espanya | 936 759 951The Monastery of Sant Cugat is a Benedictine abbey in Sant Cugat del Vallès. Founded in the 9th century, and built until the 14th century, it was the most important monastery in the county of Barcelona. It has its main feature in the large cloister, in Romanesque style.
Entrance to the Museum and wine tasting offered by Turisme de Sant Cugat
Transfer to Terrassa
(Sant Cugat – Terrassa = 13 Km – 20’)
Guided visit of Seu d’Ègara and churches of Sant Pere
La Seu d’Ègara/Sant Pere Churches Ensemble. A rich archaeological and artistic legacy (from Iberian age to present).
Guided visit offered by Ajuntament de Terrassa
Transfer to Viladecavalls
(Terrassa – Viladecavalls = 6,6 Km – 20’)
Lunch at the Ristol Restaurant, Viladecavalls
C/ Antoni Soler Hospital, 3 - 08232 Viladecavalls
T 34 93.780.51.01
Rack-railway to Montserrat (4:15 pm)Transfer to Monistrol de Montserrat
(Viladecavalls – Monistrol de Montserrat = 23,3 Km – 30’)
Rack-railway to Montserrat (15’)
Unique in the world for its peculiar shape and formation, Montserrat's mountain is located about 50 km from Barcelona.
It has been housing the shrine of the Virgin and a Benedictine monastery for almost a thousand years.
The Escolania, the most ancient boys' choir in Europe, takes part in liturgical celebrations and in the community prayer held in the basilica.
Guided visit of Montserrat: Exteriors, chapel of the Virgin, sanctuary, crypt and exclusive places (5:00 pm)Guided visit offered by Larsa-Montserrat
Optional attendance at Vespres
Gregorian chants with the choir
- Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Departure to Manresa (9:00 am)(Monistrol de Montserrat – Manresa = 25Km – 40’)
Manresa is a cultural and religious tourist destination. More than 200.000 people visit Manresa every year to know La Seu basilica and the Saint Ignatius Cave, the most important monuments, or to live their traditional festivities. Apart from that, people from all over the county come to shop in the modernist surroundings of Passeig Pere III.
Manresa Tourist Office arranges guided walking tours through the main heritage routes in the city: the medieval splendour, the baroque treasures, the modernist ornamentation or the spirituality of Saint Ignatius.
In one of the caves of the landscape of Manresa, the tradition says that Saint Ignatius of Loyola retired for a time to meditate and write his famous Spiritual Exercises. Over the years, a simple little cave has become the city's greatest, most ostentatious monument
Visit and lunch at Món Sant Benet (11:30 am)Camí de Sant Benet, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages, Spain | 938 75 94 00Transfer to Món Sant Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
(Manresa – Sant Fruitós de Bages = 6Km – 15’)
The monastery of St Benet is one of the few monuments in which the different periods — from the medieval to the modern — have left their mark. From the original Romanesque monastery, through the Gothic and the Baroque, up to the Modernist period, all have left their legacy.
Guided visit: Alícia Fundation Medieval Area (church cloister) Modernist Area Guided visit offered by Món Sant Benet
Lunch at Restaurant La Fonda in Món Sant Benet
Guided visit of Sagrada Familia (4:30 pm)Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain | 932 07 30 31Transfer to Barcelona
(Sant Fruitós de Bages – Barcelona = 65 Km – 1h)
Guided visit of Sagrada Familia www.sagradafamilia.cat
A church is the only thing worthy of representing the feelings of a people, for religion is the highest thing in people
Accommodation in Hotel ME, Barcelona (6:00 pm)Carrer de Pere IV, 272, 08005 Barcelona, Spain | 902 14 44 40Pere IV, 272-286 (08005) Barcelona
Architecture that staircases the sky; a beacon watching over an energetic cityscape-ME Barcelona Hotel offers a new interpretation of contemporary design, international cuisine, and the urban experience; fusing personal and professional into one emblematic hotel!
Dinner at La Gavina restaurant (8:00 pm)Plaça de Pau Vila, 1, 08039 Barcelona, Spain | 932 21 05 95www.lagavina.es
Address: Plaça de Pau Vila 1 - 08039 Barcelona
T 34 93 221 05 95
- total distance: 67 miles (108 km)