Montserrat is a rocky massif, considered by many to be the most important and symbolic mountain in Catalonia. Its peculiar morphology with its unusually shaped rocks make it a sight not to be missed, one of the most spectacular excursions outside the city.
The mountain is located about 30 km from the centre of Barcelona between the regions of Anoia, Baix Llobregat and Bages.
You can also pay a visit to the sanctuary and Benedictine abbey, where you can listen to the choir boys sing during mass every day at 1 pm, except Saturdays, and on Sundays at 12 pm. Inside the monastery is La Moreneta, (the little Dark One) the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, one of the most celebrated symbols of Catalonia. Another visit not to be missed is to the Santa Cova (Holy Cave), a small chapel where La Moreneta was originally found, about 30 minutes’ walk from the abbey. A further 20 minute’ walk will take you to the Creu de Sant Miquel (Saint Michael’s Cross), a spot with breathtaking views of the abbey nestling among the mountains de Montserrat.
From Barcelona, the best way to visit Montserrat is by public transport. The easiest is to take the R5 train of the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya), which leaves every hour, from 8.30 am, from Plaça d’Espanya.
To reach the top of the mountain, you can either take the cable car, getting off at the Montserrat Aeri station, or the zip train by getting off at the Monistrol de Montserrat station.
Alternatively, you can drive there or book a coach trip.