Excursions and events

All the excursions include the visit to a special place of Catalan culture or natural heritage, the transport by bus and also the dinner in a typical restaurant.

Accompanying persons can join the excursions at the same fee as symposium participants

Prices: 60€ per person

Registration to the Excursion

Finally, the number of excursions has been reduced to TWO options.

Please, although you have sent us your preferences, fill out again the questionnaire (even if your option was NONE).

*Your Name

*Last Name


If you want to come to the excursion with accompanying persons, please tell us how many people and make the payment together with yours:

*No. of accompanying persons(required)

*Please, just choose ONE option.


Did you already pay for the excursion?

 1) Yes, I did.

 2) No, I did'nt.
Click here to do the payment by credit card.

Bank Transfer Receipt or Credit Card Receipt: Remember that registration will not be finished and valid if you don't include the receipt of the payment. Please, attach the receipt (pdf) writing clearly your name, surname and name of excursion in the file as this example: Laura_Hill_Tunatour.pdf .

 3) I am not going to any tour, thanks.


Banc Name: Banc Sabadell

Branch Name: Banc Sabadell, Oficina Tortosa, OP

Account: 0081-0130-04-0001500854

IBAN / BIC: ES63 0081 0130 0400 0150 0854 / BSAB ESBB

Branch Adress: Av. Generalitat, 75 , postal code 43500 Tortosa (Tarragona, Spain)

Beneficiary’s Name: Plàncton, Divulgació i Serveis Marins SCP – *SYMPOSIUM

Beneficiary’s Address: Av. Vall de Safan, 9, 3ºA, postal code 43520 Roquetes (Tarragona, Spain)

Thanks for your answers!

The minimum per excursion is 30 people. In case that we don’t reach the minimum, the excursion will be cancelled and you will be moved to another excursion (your second option).


* OPTION 1: MONTSERRAT, the amazing mountain of spirituality and wilderness

montserrat_landscapeThe sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat, has its historical origins in the hermitage of Santa Maria, which Count Guifré el Pelós gave to the Monastery of Ripoll in the year 888.
In 1025, Oliba, Abbot of Ripoll and Bishop of Vic, founded a new monastery at the hermitage of Santa Maria de Montserrat. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin.
In 1409 the monastery of Montserrat became an independent abbey. From 1493 to 1835, a period in which the monastery underwent great reforms, growing and increasing in splendour, Montserrat was part of the Valladolid Congregation.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Monastery of Montserrat became a cultural centre of the first order. The Montserrat Music School produced important composers.
Montserrat_monestirThe French War (1808-1811) and disentailment in 1835 brought destruction and abandonment, but in 1844 began the restoration of monastic life and in 1881 there were the Festivities for the Coronation of the Image of Our Lady, at which She was proclaimed Patron Saint of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII. The Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) led once again to the abandonment of the monastery. However, the Government of Catalonia managed to save Montserrat from being sacked and destroyed.

Today, Montserrat has been modernised to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims one thousand years after it was originally founded

Funicular Sant Joan & optional hike

The result of late19th and early20th century engineering skill, this funicular railway takes passengers up to an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, over gradients of up to 65.5%, in just seven minutes. At the top, Pla de les Taràntules commands incomparable views of the monastery, the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees. You can also visit the Nature Centre, in the building at the head of the Sant Joan funicular railway, where you will find information about the history of the mountain and its climate, flora and fauna.

The geological origins of the massif are sedimentary. The rocks of Montserrat, formed by pebbles bound together by a natural cement of sand and clay, are very hard and resistant to erosion. Nevertheless, the wind and rain have, over time, shaped the mountain to form “needles” or monolithic rocks with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins.

The excursion will cfunicular_stjoanonsist of taking the Funicular Sant Joan and observe the beautiful landscapes from the top. Those who are not ready to walk can take a return ticket. Alternatively, an easy 40 min descent walk will bring them back to the Sanctuary. Those ready for hiking will follow a stunning but easy route to the summit of the mountain (1.5 h), with an optional adventurous ascent to a secondary summit. After enjoying the view and some rest, a descent walk among rocks and woods will take us to the Sanctuary. 3-4 hours in total.  Soft trekking boots or strong sneakers are strongly recommended. Back in the Monastery, there is an optional visit to the Museum of Montserrat. The Museum is formed by several different collections that have all been housed in one building since 1996.To these collections have been added two temporary exhibitions which you can see in two different rooms designed for this purpose: Sala Daura and Espai d’Art Pere Pruna. The building that houses the museum is interesting in itself: it was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1929 as part of the general project to reform the Monastery squares.



Outdoor dinner will be served in Restaurant Vinya Nova at the foot of the mountain, in a scenic location surrounded by woods, olive trees and vineyard. Veggie or meat (including halal lamb). 

Excursion programme

13:00 – pick up box lunch

13:15 – boarding bus; the bus trip takes 1 hour

14:45 – funicular to St Joan

15:00 to 19:00 – short or no hike and visit to the Monastery, including museum / long hike to the summit and short visit to the Monastery

19:30 – bus boarding and short stop at St Cecilia medieval Monastery

20:30 – dinner

22:00 – bus boarding

23:00 – arrival to Barcelona

*OPTION 2: TUNA TOUR, swimming amongst big bluefin tunas in l’Ametlla de Mar

In this adventure you will be able to observe the blue fin tuna in their environment while you feed them and swim among hundreds of wild Bluefin tuna fish.
You will sail in a modern and innovative two-deck catamaran from which you will be able to see the entire coast of the Gulf of Sant Jordi and will learn about the history of the Bluefin tuna, its biology and how they got to l’Ametlla de Mar. When we arrive to the tuna pools you will be able to practice snorkel with them, because we will provide you with a wetsuite, mask and tuba.
In addition, you will be able to enjoy tasting the most highly appreciated tuna in all the restaurants of the world.
You can see the experience in the webpage:  http://www.tuna-tour.com/?p=home&sp=&lan=en

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Dinner will be held at Restaurant La Bocana, specialised in rices from the Ebre Delta and seafood and fishes from l’Ametlla de Mar village.


Excursion programme

13:00 – pick up box lunch

13:15 – boarding bus; the bus trip takes 2 hours

16:00 to 18:00 – boat trip & optional swim with tuna fish

18:00 to 19:30 – free

19:30 – dinner at the village

21:00 – boarding bus

23:00 – arrival to Barcelona 

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