This imposing mountain and its Benedictine Abbey have been the most important pilgrimage site in Catalonia for centuries, a special place full of history. The sanctuary houses the image of the Patron Saint of Catalonia, the Virgin of Montserrat, also called La Moreneta.
Montserrat is located 50 km from Barcelona (approximately 40 minutes) and is a protected Natural Park. For the Catalan people it is much more than a mountain, its Monastery full of stories and legends, together with the peculiar shapes of the rocks of its mountain, have made it an emblematic place in Catalonia.
The Abbey also houses the Choir, a choir of white voices that can be heard in liturgical services every day at 1:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 12:00 p.m. Their voices amaze us with the song of the Salve & el Virolai (hymn to the Moreneta). To access the Basilica and listen to the Escolania, I recommend making a reservation.
Visit on your own or guided tour to Montserrat
When visiting Montserrat, we must take into account what type of visit we want to make.
- Option 1: To travel by yourself: This possibility allows us to visit the Basilica, but at the same time it allows us the flexibility to go mountaineering and enjoy excursions in the middle of nature, having the entire day available. Therefore, the ideal would be to travel by public transport (train and rack railway) or go by car.
- Option 2: To book a tour of the basilia & its surroundings: With a duration of five hours, you have the Tour to Montserrat, with a guided tour and visit to the Montserrat museum. The trip is done in a group and by bus. During the guided tour you will enter the Basilica to see the Moreneta, and also the Montserrat Audiovisual show in the museum.
If you have enough time, I recommend taking the Sant Joan Funicular (Cable car) route and you will be able to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the mountain and the Monastery. Several hiking routes leave from the top of the mountain.
I also recommend that you go to the cave where the image of the Virgin was found. You can do this route comfortably by taking the Santa Cova Funicular (Holy Cave cable car).
- Visiting hours to the Montserrat Monastery: Every day of the week from7.30am to 7.30pm.
- Schedules to the Basilica of the Monastery of Montserrat
- If you want to visit the Virgin of Montserrat, the access times are: from 8am to 10:30am and from 12:00pm to 6pm.
- In summer, from July 17th to September 30th, the Camarín can also be visited between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- On the BP-1121 from the town of Monistrol de Montserrat where it joins the C-55
- On the BP-1103 that crosses the Montserrat natural park and connects with the N-II and A-2 in the town of San Pablo de la Guardia (Barcelona).
Montserrat has a offers a parking for visitors, but it has a cost.
- By coach with Autocares Julià. Departure from Viriato street in Barcelona, next to Sants station
- By train (FGC) from Barcelona to Monistrol de Montserrat and you have two options to get to the Monastery:
The Generalitat de Catalunya Railways leave the Barcelona-Plaça Espanya Station towards Montserrat every hour from 8:26 a.m. It is line R5 (Barcelona-Manresa) and has a link with the stations of the Montserrat cable car and the Montserrat rack railway.