Spend the Morning in Montserrat
From the Catalan language meaning, “serrated mountain”, Montserrat is a stark contrast from the nearby metropolis of Barcelona. Barcelona is energetic, vibrant, and outgoing. Montserrat is relaxing, serene, and introspective and is known to be a special, mystical place for the local Catalan people. It’s home to the statue of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat which attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world.
Montserrat also attracts hikers and rock climbers who seek adventure. The numerous hiking paths and sky-high mountains offer breathtaking views. The lofty formations make you gaze and wonder how nature was able to create such peculiar beauty.
Montserrat was originally founded by an order of Benedictine monks, this mountain retreat may be the highlight of your Barcelona trip. Take the first train of the day to arrive by sunrise for a breathtaking view. Be sure to hike around and explore some of the most unusual rock formations in Spain. The funicular will take you to the top of the mountain and the monastery.
If you time your visit well, you can stay and listen to the Montserrat Spain Choir Boy performances in the basilica.