This mountain range is home to the Montserrat Monastery & Basilica, one of the most popular daytrips in Barcelona
Montserrat is an impressive location near Barcelona and very popular day trip from the city.
This peculiar mountain range, (that stands for jagged mountain in catalan), is home to the Montserrat Monastery & Basilica, home of the Black Madonna.
A little bit of history
The curvy-like stones are product of a geological process that ocurred millions of years ago when all this region was a delta.
The erosion shaped the stone into an intricate array of caves, peaks and cracks, many resembling animals like the famous peak called “The elephant”.
The legend of the Virgin of Montserrat
Legend say that in 880, shepherds saw a light coming down from heaven at this place. The local Bishop in Olesa, the nearby town, organized an expedition and the holy image of the Virgin was found in a cave.
Apparently, the holy image was so heavy that the Bishop interpreted that the Virgin wanted to stay there, so he ordered the construction of a chapel. The monastery would be built years after, although its origins are uncertain.
What to see in Montserrat
Montserrat combines very different activities. While it’s a pilgrimage destination for many believers, it’s also a very popular spot for climbers and hikers. It’s one of those things to do in Barcelona that we recommend visiting during the summer.
The Montserrat Basilica is a must see attraction, as well as the Benedictine Monastery. Inside, it’s possible to get a quick look of “La Moreneta” (Tha Black Madonna) inside the Basilica.
It’s believed that the wooden-carved statue turned to dark after the effect of the varnish after time.
There are two Funicular tramways. The Sant Joan Funicular, reaches the top of a cliff overlooking the monastery and the Santa Cova Funicular, decends into a sanctuary.
On top of that, many hiking trails connect the top peaks from the monastery and the base of the mountain. A great deal of these walking routes lead to spectacular observation sites.
How to get to Montserrat
Take the metro to Espanya station using L1 or L3, then change for the FGC Railway to S4 Line. If you wish to get there by Funicular Tramway, stop at station Monistrol de Montserrat for transfer.
An easier choice is booking a guided tour to Montserrat, including transport from Barcelona and much more:
More tours to Montserrat
Montserrat morning tour from Barcelona
This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths.
Full Day tour: Torres Cellars, Montserrat & Sitges
Full day guided tour that includes a visit and wine tasting to the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning coastal city of Sitges.