Montserrat (meaning “saw” in Catalan) was designated as a National Park in 1987 and still remains today one of the notable sights in Barcelona. It is well known as the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary.
For daring adventurous tourists, this mountain can be viewed in a hot-air balloon flight. The view of the mountain and other areas of the city can be well captured at just 3,000 feet (900 meters). Most tourists in Barcelona usually want to have this exhilarating experience. And lots of hot-air balloon flight providers offer their services in the early in the day so that you could enjoy the fresh morning breeze.
Plan Offered by Providers
Most hot-air balloon flight providers in Barcelona offers a typical plan of 1 to 1.5 hours flight time; and also, an optional upgrade for private flights and longer 2-hour flights. Depending on the plan you choose, the accompanying package includes light breakfast before take-off or brunch after landing, wine toast, and pickup & drop-off from the meeting point.
What To Expect
Most balloon flight companies in Barcelona will be in contact with you at least two days prior to your schedule to brief you of the adventure details. They will also check the weather forecast on the D-day to determine if you will be continuing as scheduled.
During your soar in the air, you can enjoy some light meals like snacks and non-alcoholic beverages or water. At the end of the flight, you will be issued a flight certificate signed by a pilot.
The basket can hold many passengers at once, so be ready to share with lots of other tourists and if you prefer being alone, you may decide to book the private flight. This will allow only you and the pilot or you and your group or family with the pilot ― literally, no outsider.
Things to Remember Before The Flight
Wear Boots or shoes with high socks
This might sound weird but it is necessary. The itinerary of a hot-air balloon is not fixed, where you will be landing is dependent on the weather and who knows, it may be in a bush ― much likely thou.
Montserrat is a view you won’t want to miss capturing with your camera. Pictures most of the time are the best record of a moment. So, do not forget to bring it along!
Use the Toilet
Once you are in the air, there is no toilet. Remember to use the bathroom before the commencement of your flight to avoid ruining the trip for yourself.
Wear a Hat or Cap
Since you will be moving towards the sun as you rise, it is advisable to wear a cap or hat to shield your face from some of the sun warmth. It can also be used to hold your hair in place so that your view of Montserrat will not be obstructed.
Tips To Getting a Perfect Picture
- Ask the pilot the best spot in the balloon to take a great shot of Montserrat
- Leave your tripod on the ground
- Use a longer focal length lens (150mm or more) to get a bigger capture
Having enjoyed your fantastic tour, you will surely need to descend and return to your luxury apartment where you freshen up to rest or continue your tour. However, this stage is sometimes not as easy as it sounds. The pilot will identify a spot safe to land based on experiences gathered from flying in the area for a long time.
Arrival is most of the time determined by the breeze speed and landscape.
When the breeze is normal, landing can be seamless with the balloon landing quietly on the ground without any difficulty.
In the case of indirect breeze, the pilot may instruct you and other passengers to hunch down or bend while descending with the knees curve to marginally relax the effect.