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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  • We took furnicular up hills and it was very nice and funny ride. Place up was amazing and it was very high. We went to church to listen boy choir, lucky we were early so we managed to have a seats. Si...  more »
  • The truth is that this place has incredible views, fresh air, tranquility, a mixture between nature and strange religion. A magical place.
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  • The train only took us an hour. We used the Total Pass with the cable car to expedite our movement around Montserrat. The hiking trails were steep at times and the free trail map was not very helpful....  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit..... even if you are not in religious stuff it is still worth visit. We were lucky with good weather.... but if you are planing walk up the Santa Magdalena make sure to take good hiking shoes as it is very slippy up there...
  • Awesome place with various route for trekking. If you not physically fit enough, there's several funicular to bring you up to a high peak (not the highest I guess) and continue your journey by walking down the clear path. One day is not enough to cover the whole trekking route. Prepare to stay for at least one night.
  • I think it's beautiful ! The cafeteria is nice. It seems to be pretty popular among tourists! I would recommend taking the cable car up the mountain , unless you are afraid of heights. When you get to the top ,the view is amazing! The history is pretty cool too!😉😁In my opinion it deserves a solid 5 stars!
  • Beautiful day in the mountains. The audio guide was ok but in the abbey it kept cutting out. Eventually turned it off. But the tour and the museum and the walks are stunning. A couple of nights would be perfect. But the only inexpensive parts are the stalls out front on the road. The rest is a bit steep. But it is still beautiful
  • Great place, amazing scenery. Expect hour wait if you wish to touch the black lady Madonna. Took rail to monistory, which is quicker, and it has great views as you go up the mountain. The carriages are comfortable, air conditioned and not too crowded, able to seat! Monistory was impressive inside.
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