Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Montserrat

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A Benedictine abbey perched on the craggy rock face of Montserrat mountain, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey serves as one of Catalonia's most important spiritual sites. Alongside the basilica and monastery, the grounds also feature a sanctuary famous for hosting the image of the patron saint of Catalonia, Our Lady of Montserrat. Featuring grand Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the basilica is a work of art in itself, but also houses a museum with paintings and sculptures from the likes of Picasso, El Greco, and Dali. If you're comfortable with heights, make the trip by cable car for superb views of the mountain and surrounding area. Work out when and for how long to visit Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and other Montserrat attractions using our handy Montserrat trip planner.
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  • This 1000 year old abbey is set on beautiful Monserrat. We drove ourselves and toured around on our own. It was a wonderful day. The abbey is situated in a stunning setting. Be sure to go inside.....  more
    This 1000 year old abbey is set on beautiful Monserrat. We drove ourselves and toured around on our own. It was a wonderful day. The abbey is situated in a stunning setting. Be sure to go inside.....  more »
  • This is an easy and rewarding day trip from Barcelona. Do a little reading in advance to help you plan your day. After the train from Barcelona, we opted for the aerial tram (which was awesome... 
    This is an easy and rewarding day trip from Barcelona. Do a little reading in advance to help you plan your day. After the train from Barcelona, we opted for the aerial tram (which was awesome...  more »
  • If you wanna visit Montserrat and you don't wanna be stuck with someone else's time schedule - you can do it! All by yourself! Just take the R5 Metro train from the Espanya station (it's a main... 
    If you wanna visit Montserrat and you don't wanna be stuck with someone else's time schedule - you can do it! All by yourself! Just take the R5 Metro train from the Espanya station (it's a main...  more »
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  • Great day trip out of Barcelona. Did this one in November of 2019. It is an amazing example of what mankind can accomplish when we set our minds to it. A mountain retreat, complete with a Basilica. The monks who built this wonder, couldn't have chosen a finer place. Did the walk to the top of the mountain. The views were amazing. Highly recommended.
  • The most beautiful views and interesting history. We got the package, be aware you'll need about 1.5 hours to travel and back via trains, depending where you are staying in Barcelona. To see the cross, I recommend walking up towards the left side and taking the cable car down to get the best views. Make sure you wear appropriate hiking gear/shoes and bring snacks, as that is limited. This will be a full day trip. Highly recommended if you are visiting Barcelona.
  • Good for half day excursion from Barcelona. The hills & the cathedral & monasteries among them are beautiful & worth a visit. But it's a very small town & everything closes after 8, so it becomes really dead after that. That's why, I do not suggest staying the night there, but do a half day excursion from Barcelona. It is best to visit in the second half of the day as the weather gets better.
  • One of the best parks for hiking next to Barcelona. You have the highest point at 1.300m and amazing view for the whole valley. If you are lucky, in a sunny day you can see the ocean, from 50km of distance. I came here 4 times, and never gotta regret.
  • Great place for a half a day trip if you are ever visiting Barcelona. The abbey was very beautiful and the church had so much deco to take in. Also, take the tram up to Santa Joan and follow the path to the hillside chapel. Recommend proper attire. If you're feeling adventurous, then continue along the trail and you will find the path getting harder but the view getting increasing better.

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