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    Montblanc and the Cistercian Route

    Montblanc and the Cistercian Route
    Starts from

    Barcelona

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    15

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    199 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Barcelona

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    199 mi

    History and CultureUnusual Locations
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    James Taylor

    James Taylor

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Visit three fascinating monasteries that make up the Cistercian route.
    • Discover Gaudi's Crypt, one of the architect's most incredible works.
    • Swim in a secret waterfall just outside of Barcelona.
    The Cistercian Route in Catalonia is a little-known tourist trail that takes in three monasteries in the Tarragona region. Overflowing with history, these once-powerful monasteries in the region are now quiet places to reflect, explore, and delve back in time. And in the middle of two monasteries is the fantastic town of Montblanc, home to one of the best-preserved medieval centers in Catalonia.
    This 2-day road trip from Barcelona is like traveling back in time, taking you closer to these fantastic monasteries where you'll explore their peaceful cloisters, discover elegant churches, and learn about their place in history. But that's not all - there are also plenty of fantastic stops between, from a Gaudi-designed crypt on the outskirts of Barcelona to a secretive waterfall for a late afternoon swim.

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    The Cistercian Route in Catalonia is a little-known tourist trail that takes in three monasteries in the Tarragona region. Overflowing with history, these once-powerful monasteries in the region are now quiet places to reflect, explore, and delve back in time. And in the middle of two monasteries is the fantastic town of Montblanc, home to one of the best-preserved medieval centers in Catalonia.
    This 2-day road trip from Barcelona is like traveling back in time, taking you closer to these fantastic monasteries where you'll explore their peaceful cloisters, discover elegant churches, and learn about their place in history. But that's not all - there are also plenty of fantastic stops between, from a Gaudi-designed crypt on the outskirts of Barcelona to a secretive waterfall for a late afternoon swim.
    James Taylor

    James Taylor

    Travel Expert

    • Visit three fascinating monasteries that make up the Cistercian route.
    • Discover Gaudi's Crypt, one of the architect's most incredible works.
    • Swim in a secret waterfall just outside of Barcelona.

    Travel itinerary

    Gaudi's Crypt and the Monastery  of Santes Creus
    9 Activities

    Day 1

    88 mi0.8 mi

    Gaudi's Crypt and the Monastery of Santes Creus

    On the first day of this 2-day itinerary from Barcelona, you'll first make a stop at an often-overlooked work of Gaudi just outside the city. Then, a scenic drive through the Penedes wine region brings you into the Tarragona region, where you'll spend the day visiting two incredible monasteries. Finally, you'll stay the night in Montblanc, one of the best-preserved medieval centers in the area.
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    Completing the Cistercian Route
    6 Activities

    Day 2

    110 mi

    Completing the Cistercian Route

    On the second day of this 2-day itinerary, you'll complete the Cistercian route by visiting the fantastic monastery in Vallbona. Afterward, the drive back to Barcelona is broken up by a visit to Igualda for lunch and a secret swimming hole just outside of the city before enjoying tapas and pintxos in Sant Vicenç Dels Horts.

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