Montserrat: A Must-Visit Day Trip from Barcelona
Updated: Jun 14
Perched in the Catalonian countryside, Montserrat is a breathtaking multi-peak mountain range with a community of 80 monks following the Rule of Saint Benedict living in its monastery. At the top stands a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. This nature reserve is full of hikes, wildlife, and serene landscape. If you're staying in Barcelona, we recommend planning a day trip. A convenient 20 miles northwest of the city 1.5 hours travel time via metro + funicular (cable railway).
When you visit Montserrat you'll learn about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported, and the world renowned L'Escolania (boys choir) perform a high standard of music that they produce.
The Museum of Montserrat contains works by artists such as Picasso, Dalí and El Greco it also has a valuable collection of the Archaeology of the Ancient World.
The New Audiovisual Space and the Open-Air Museum are now open and thanks to an audioguide and helpful map all visitors can see the Modernist sculptures and the Santa Cova (a chapel attached to the rock in which the image of the Virgin was said to have been found).
We hope you enjoy your time visiting Montserrat as much as we did.
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