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Visit the Montserrat Monastery near Barcelona?

Montserrat excursie

Visit Montserrat near Barcelona: all information about visiting the monastery and the Montserrat mountain near Barcelona.

Info Monasterio de Montserrat

Accessibility You have several options to reach Montserrat:
  • By car: There is a parking lot not far from the monastery on top of the mountain. However, parking spaces are limited and cost € 6.50 per day.
  • From Monistrol de Montserrat by cogwheel train ('Sant Joan'): The Montserrat’s Cremallera is a cogwheel train that takes you to the monastery in about 15 minutes, € 13.50 return. You can park for free at the station.
  • From Monistrol de Montserrat by cable car (Aeri): with 1,350 meters and a travel time of 5 minutes the fastest way, costs € 11.50 return. The cable car runs approximately every 15 minutes and you can park here for free.
  • From Barcelona by train: FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) trains to Monistrol de Montserrat leave every hour from 8.36 am from Barcelona-Plaça Espanya station. The travel time is more than an hour and you can then transfer to the aforementioned cable car or cog railway. You can easily book train tickets here.
  • Organized tour from Barcelona: The easiest way to visit Montserrat is with an organized tour from Barcelona. Compare these tours with regard to transport options (bus, train, etc.) and prices:
Museum entrance
  • Adults: € 8
  • Students and pensioners: € 6.50
  • Children (ages 8 to 16 years): € 4
  • Audio guide (English) supplement 2.20 €
Opening hours
    Basilica (free)
  • Daily from 7.30 am to 8 pm
    Museum
  • Daily from 10 am to 5.45 pm
  • Summer (from 22 June to 15 September): 10 am - 6.45 pm
  • Weekends and public holidays (from 6 April to 27 October): 10 am - 6.45 pm
  • Christmas: 10 am - 2 pm
Boy's choir
  • From Monday to Friday: 1 p.m. Salve and Virolai
  • From Monday to Thursday: 6.45 pm Vespers, Salve Montserratina and Polyphonic Motet
  • Sunday and religious holidays: 12.00 am Salve and Virolai and 6.45 pm Vespers, Salve Montserratina and Polyphonic Motet
  • The choir does not perform during the summer holidays
Practical
  • A number of restaurants can be found on top of the mountain
  • Keep in mind that because of the altitude the temperature here will be slightly cooler

Visit Montserrat

Montserrat is a special rock formation in Catalonia. According to tradition, this is the most important and mysterious mountain in Catalonia. The Montserrat mountain is located approximately 50 km north-west of Barcelona and forms the separation between the comarcas Anoia, Bages and Baix Llobregat. The highest peak of the mountain of Montserrat is the peak of Sant Jeroni (1236 m) and you have a beautiful view of the Pyrenees and the sea on the mountain. On the mountain is the sanctuary and the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat ("Monasterio de Montserrat"). Every year this abbey (dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat) and mountain attracts many tourists, including Catholic pilgrims, walkers and (rock)climbers.

Sights at Montserrat

Benedictine monastery and basilica

According to the legend, around 880 a group of shepherds found the statue of the Virgin Mary in the holy cave 'Santa Cova', where after this discovery the mountain was surrounded by spirituality. The monastery has a huge library and was built in the 11th century. You can only visit the monastery to a limited extent, but you can visit (for free) the dark and stately basilica with the statue of the 'Black Madonna' (La Moreneta), which is very loved by the pilgrims.

Museum of Montserrat

The Montserrat Museum has a very diverse collection of objects. Originally many objects from the old Middle East, such as an old mummy, but later supplemented with many paintings with even masters such as Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Boy's choir

Montserrat is also home to one of the oldest boy choirs in Europe (probably as early as the 14th century). The choir, called l'Escolanía, consists of 30 boys who live in the monastery complex. In the yellow block you can see when the choir performs in the monastery.

Hiking in the area

The area with rock formations and beautiful views is an ideal hiking area. The most popular hiking route for day visitors is that to the Camí de la Santa Cova, the cave where the Holy statue was found at the time. Another route is the much longer route (5 hours) from Cim de Sant Jeroni where you walk to the highest point of Monsterrat for the best view.

Montserrat MonasteryMontserrat Monastery (iStock.com/Kharichkina)
montserrat barcelonaThe basilica of the monastery (stock.adobe.com/Patrick Poendl)

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