Montserrat is a rocky mountain range located just an hours drive north of Barcelona in the beautiful Catalonian countryside. Atop the mountains sits the Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery and one of the most important religious retreats in the region with worshipers travelling afar to marvel at the monastery. Religious or not, the mountain and surrounding valley provide a great day trip out from the city of Barcelona.

Things to Do

The monastery sits high at 1236 metres above the valley floor and can be accessed by train or cable car, inside you’ll find a basilica home to religious artefacts depicting Spain’s history. If you’d like to stretch your legs, we recommend starting from the town of Monistrol and hiking up the mountains paths that wind their way around craggy cliffs and passed naturally formed rock pillars. From the top, the view over the surrounding rolling landscape is pretty impressive.

Getting Here

From Barcelona, a trip to Montserrat can be done in half a day or a full day. We recommend rising early and leaving the city before the sun breaks to make the most of your trip. Take the R5 train from Placa de Espanya station and alight at Monistrol de Montserrat to take the train up to the top. If you want to ride the cable car, remain on the train and alight at Montserrat Aeri station. Train tickets can be bought individually or as part of a Montserrat Package which includes all transport.

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