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Monastery of Poblet, a wonderful day trip from Barcelona

Barcelona Monastir de Poblet
Written by Michael

The Monastery of Poblet

This beautiful 12th-century abbey resides in Catalonia and is one of the biggest abbey’s in the whole of Spain and one of the largest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in the world.

The impressive monastery – once a fortified royal residence, has a 12th century church at its centre, and contains the pantheon of the kings of Catalonia and Aragon. It is also a military complex.

The Monastery of Poblet is a working monastery to this day, and also consists of a guesthouse, sadly for male guests only, and can accommodate gentlemen seeking a pause from life who wish to silently retreat, for up to a week.

Tours are available throughout the year and are given in different languages. Although, with a guidebook it is possible to make your own way. http://www.poblet.cat/

Just a couple of hours from the city of Barcelona, a trip to the monastery is a perfect day-trip and a great respite from the heat and or noise of the industrious city.

The monastery is also close to some very photogenic countryside and medieval villages, so book your tickets, recharge your cameras and get out of Barcelona. Fall/Autumn is a great time to visit the monastery as the surrounding countryside is alive with brightly coloured and fidgeting autumn leaves.

TOUR TIMES
MONDAY – SATURDAY SUNDAY/PUBLIC HOLS
 October 13th – March 15th 10:00 – 12:30 15:00 – 17:25 10:30 – 12:25 15:00 – 17:25
 March 16th – October 12th 10:00 – 12:30 15:00 – 17:55 10:30 – 12:25 15:00 – 17:25

 

TICKET PRICES

  • Ordinary ticket: 7,50 € (without guide) / 10 € (with guide)
  • Reduced ticket (over 65 years, students and teachers, big families, unemployed, Youth card): 4,50 € (without guide) / 7 € (with guide)

INFORMATION

  • Phone: 977 870 089, ext. 459
  • E-mail: visita@poblet.cat

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GETTING THERE

  • BY BUS(Plana SL Company)
Tarragona – Vimbodí Monday to Friday (workdays)
TARRAGONA (Bus Station) 12:00 15:05 18:05
VALLS (Bus Station) 12:35 15:35 18:35
MONTBLANC (Bus Station) 06:15 08:45 13:20 16:20 19:20
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ (Poblet Road) 06:32 09:02 13:37 16:37 19:37
POBLET (Fonoll Hostel) 06:40 09:10 13:44 16:45 19:45
VIMBODÍ (Lleida Avenue) 06:45 09:16 13:50 16:50 19:50
Vimbodí – Tarragona Monday to Friday (workdays)
VIMBODÍ 06:45 09:20 14:15 16:50 19:55
POBLET (Fonoll Hostel) 06:52 09:26 14:21 16:56 20:01
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ (Catalunya Avenue) 07:06 09:40 14:35 17:10 20:15
MONTBLANC (Bus Station) 07:15 09:50 14:50 17:20 20:25
VALLS (Bus Station) 08:05 10:35 15:35 18:05 21:10
TARRAGONA (Bus Station) 08:45 11:15 16:15 18:45 21:45

 

BY BUS (Vibasa SA Company)
Lleida
Tarragona
Monday to Friday
(workdays)
Saturday, Sunday
and holidays
LLEIDA 07:30 08:45 17:45 09:50
POBLET (Crossroads Vimbodí) 08:20 10:20
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ 08:25 09:35 18:35 10:25
MONTBLANC (Bus Station) 08:35 09:45 18:45 10:35
VALLS (Bus Station) 09:00 10:00 19:00 11:00
TARRAGONA (Bus Station) 09:30 10:30 19:30 11:30
Tarragona
Lleida
Monday to Friday
(workdays)
Saturday, Sunday
and holidays
TARRAGONA (Bus Station) 06:45 10:30 18:15 07:50
VALLS(Bus Station) 07:05 10:50 18:45 08:00
MONTBLANC (Bus Station) 07:20 11:05 19:10 08:25
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ 07:30 11:15 19:20 08:35
POBLET (Crossroads Vimbodí) 19:25 08:40
LLEIDA 08:30 12:15 20:15 09:30
L’Espluga de Francolí – Poblet: walking tour 2,7 km (about 30 minutes)
Taxi: 609323242 – 977871213 / 606443744 – 977870434

 

BY TRAIN (Renfe)
Barcelona – Lleida
BARCELONA – SANTS 07:06 12:03 14:03 17:03 19:03
TARRAGONA 13:08 15:09 18:09
REUS 13:26 15:29 18:27
VALLS 08:41 20:12
MONTBLANC 09:06 14:01 15:58 18:59 20:27
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ 09:12 14:13 16:03 19:05 20:32
LLEIDA 09:55 14:55 16:46 19:53 21:11
Lleida – Barcelona
LLEIDA 06:23 07:15 13:10 15:45 17:48
L’ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ 07:04 07:55 13:57 16:27 18:29
MONTBLANC 07:10 08:01 14:03 16:32 18:34
VALLS 08:17 18:49
REUS 07:43 14:37 17:14
TARRAGONA 08:00 14:55 17:29
BARCELONA – SANTS 09:32 09:35 16:06 18:40 20:05
Railway station l’Espluga de Francolí – Poblet: walking tour 4 km (about 45 minutes)
Taxi: 609323242 – 977871213 / 606443744 – 977870434

 

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Michael

Michael is a vegetarian, dog-loving, kindle-clutching, sunshine-seeking, adventure-obsessed, responsibility-dodging gypsy who has spent much of the last five years exploring Spain and parts of Europe.

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