Romanesque art

Romanesque Architecture Tour

Visit some of Catalonia's most important romanesque heritage

On the Romanesque Architecture Tour you will experience some of Catalonia's most important romanesque monuments. North of Barcelona you will see three citites and three monuments: the stunning portal of the Santa María Basicila in Ripoll, the monastery in Sant Joan de les Abadeses and the fortified city of Cardona with the famous Sant Vicenç de Cardona church, to the north west. At the same time you will enjoy some charming cities and a local meal in a cozy restaurant.

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Photos of some of the highlights on the Romanesque Architecture Tour

Sant Joan de les abadesesRipoll churchEntrance ripoll churchRipollSanta Maria of Ripoll

Itinerary of the Romanesque Architecture Tour

Below you will find a suggested itinerary:
  • 9:00 Pick up at hotel
  • 11:00: visit to the monatery of Sant Joan de les Abadeses
  • 12:30 visit to Santa María de Ripoll and lunch in local restaurant
  • 15:30: visit to Cardona, the castle and the church
  • 19:00: drop off at the hotel in Barcelona
Sant Joan de les Abadeses
We visit the church that was originally built in 887 by Wilfred the Hairy, the founder of Catalonia. Also you will be able to see the famous sculptur group, la desención (see photo below).

Cardona is a charming village built around a fortified hill. In cardona you will be able to see several monuments: the castle, the Sant Maguel church and the Sant Vicenç de Cardona. The last building is pure romanesque in style.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel or another place in Barcelona.

The church is famous for it impressive romanesque portal - the most important sculptural work from the romanesque period to be seen in Catalonia. The portal tells the story about Moses but blends it with local myth and motives.

The tour to the architecture of the romanesque period can be arranged for private groups of minimum 8 people.

Tour details and prices

Facts: The tour has a flexible starting time and is fully customizable. It can be arranged for groups of between 8 and 40 people.

Duration: 8 hours (the tour can be customized and shortened to a 5-hour tour).

What is included:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
  • Private, modern bus with A/C and driver
  • A professional, licensed guide
  • Optional: include entrance fees to monuments

Languages: English (please contact us for Spanish, French, German, Italian or other languages).

Prices from:
Prices from
40 €
per person for a private tour to the Romanesque architecture with a private English speaking guide, a comfortable air-conditioned bus and a drive. No entrances are included in the price.

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