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Cistercian Route
  • 8:00 hours

The royal monasteries of Poblet and Santes Creus are some of the most complete and largest abbeys in the world.

Note:

  • Involves some walking
  • Private transportation is needed
  • Length of the tour: 8 hours.
Tour with us:
  • English speaking licensed guide (other languages also available).
  • Private transportation.
  • Fast track tickets to the monasteries.
  • Advise for other activities: more to see, museums, restaurants…

The price of the tour depends on: how many people will participate, the day of the week, the age of the participant, fees to museum…

So, please ask for quotation.

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The way to the monasteries

A 126 kms  (79 miles) south-west of Barcelona. 1,45 minutes drive on a toll highway. From Poblet to Santes Creus it´s only 32 kms (19 miles), about a 30 minutes drive.

Royal Monastery of Poblet

Royal Monastery of Poblet, founded in 1151, it was the first of the three sister monasteries , known as the Cistercian Triangle, that helped consolidate power in Catalonia in the 12th century ( the other two are Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus).

It is impressive for the majesty of its architecture and includes a fortified royal residence as well as the pantheon of the kings and queens of Aragon.

Nowadays is still home to a monastic community that maintains the spirituality of the place.

1991 was declared Worl Heritage by the UNESCO.

Royal Monastery of Santes Creus

Royal Monastery of Santes Creus, founded in 1158, the monastery reached its most splendid moment in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the king of Aragon chose the monastery as a royal pantheon. It´s one of Catalonia´s medieval jewels and bring together samples from different periods from the Romanesque façade with a large Gothic stained-glass window, to altarpieces dating from the 17th century.

Tour on your own:

To travel from Barcelona to the monasteries by public transportation, takes a lot of time since there aren’t any direct trains and you’ll have to take a taxi from the nearest train station to get to the monastery.

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