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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Mighty mountain Montserrat
With the drop in temperature and the beach now being a distant memory, places like Montserrat make an ideal day trip from Barcelona. The views from this beautiful and unusual mountain are simply phenomenal, making it one of Barcelona’s most quirky and striking landmarks. The highest summit of Montserrat is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters (4,055 feet) above sea-level making it a popular amongst active types that go along the hiking trails, couples visit for scenic trips and then there are people that make the effort to go to visit the monastery and in particular the Madonna.
The monastery has a history that dates back as far as 1025 when pilgrims would travel to kiss the wooden sculpture of La Moreneta (black virgin). The journey from Barcelona to the mountain is an adventure itself, especially for children as it involves a rack railway. The panoramic scenes that can be seen, particularly on a cloud free day are just spectacular
We highly recommend Montserrat as a day trip. Try to get there early though to take advantage of clear skies and to ensure that you visit most places.With impressive mountain ranges, precious natural wonders and amazing views it’s a prefect way to escape from the city for a day.
How to get there
Tickets are purchased at Plaça Espanya station from ticket booths just in front of Line R5 to Manresa. You will find bilingual staff by the booths available to assist and explain tickets. Take a train from Placa Espanya station, very accessible via red and green lines in the city. Once at Espanya look for Line R5 headed towards Manresa. We recommend that you allow enough time as it can be a little confusing to find.
The train from Placa Espanya station takes you to the foot of Montserrat mountain, from there you have two options to get to the Monastery, either by Cable car (Aeri ticket version) or Cremallera Funicular (Cremallera ticket version). You need to be sure how you want to travel, to ensure that you purchase the right ticket. The final station you need to get off, depends on how you want to get to Montserrat. For the rack railway, get off at Monistrol de Montserrat. For the cable car, get off at Montserrat Aeri.
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