Six good reasons why you should visit Montserrat

Montserrat is the famous mountain close to Barcelona, that generally does not need a lot of promotion. Most of the tourist that come to Gaudi city has at least heard about it. What I am going to do now is to give you few really good reasons as to why you should choose to go there, over other attractions of that incredible city.

 

1. Cable Car Ride

There are 2 ways of getting to the Montserrat monastery, but the Cable Car Ride is definitely the best. It takes about 5 minutes, enough to take great photos and enjoy the views but not enough to make you regret you decided to take it.

 

Montserrat Cable Car

Montserrat Cable Car

 

2. The views

What is really special about this mountain is that the shape is quite unusual. It looks really strange when you are driving towards it. Just one big mountain in the middle of flat area. I guess that is why it’s been considered as mysterious for so many centuries.

The views of Montserrat and from Montserrat are both amazing.

Montserrat mountain view

These shapes really move your imagination

montserrat panoramaview

Panorama from the balcony next to the patio

3. Place where the dreams come true

Fascinating history of that mountain starts in 880 when the group of kids saw a bright light over the mountain and heard angels singing. That revelation was seen by others and even confirmed by the local vicar. It was believed the visions were a sign from God. Since then, the place has significant religious importance and brings people in search of spiritual comfort and blessing. Perhaps if you believe in its power, your prayers will be listened.

montserrat The entrance of the church

The entrance of the church

montserrat The panorama of inside of the church

The panorama of inside of the church

4. World Class paintings

The Museum of Montserrat is not highlighted in all the tourist guides as much as it should be. The collections is not big, but it is quite spectacular. Some of the paintings are real masterpieces and fundamental for the world of art. Just to mention Caravaggio, impressionists such as: Monet, Sisley, Degas and Pissarro, Catalan Modernists represented by Casas and Rusiñol and Avantgarde Movement including work of Picasso, Torres Garcia, Dalí or Rouault. I would say it is a must do when visiting Montserrat.

montserrat museum

Just one photo as it is forbidden to take them

 

5. Amazing walking paths

There are view very nice walks on the Montserrat mountain.  Their difficulty lever and time vary. According to your needs and possibilities just choose one of them and enjoy stunning views and the nature. The walking guide you can find at the information office next to the monastery or here.

In some cases you will want to take the Fenicular up to the top of the mountain. We did opposite. We walked and then, took the train down.

montserrat - Going down

Going down

 

And that is my reacion, when I realized we could have done the other way round

montserrat - It was a very hot afternoon

It was a very hot afternoon

With perfect visibility the views are incredible

montserrat- Where the Spain ends

Looking towards horizon

 

6. One of the Best European Boys’ Choir

Montserrat gives you the opportunity to listen (for free) one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. All the choir members receive a high standard of musical training, along with excellent intellectual education.

Montserrat monastery

Monastery entrance as I didn’t have the photo of the boys

 

TRAVEL TIPS:

How to get there:
To get to Montserrat the best is to catch the train R5 (direction Manresa) from Plaza Espana. The train takes about 1 hour.Then you have to options to get to the Monastery. Either taking cable car(Aeri de Montserrat) or ground train (Cremallera de Montserrat). I definitely recommend the cable car.
Based on the chosen transport you buy relevant ticket on Plaza Espana

1. Train (FGC R5) + Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat) – leave the train at Montserrat Aeri station
2. Train (FGC R5) + ground train (Cremallera de Montserrat) – leave the train at Monistrol de Montserrat station

Return ticket for both – 19 EUR

 

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