Montserrat is a mountain just outside of Barcelona. This is an easy day trip to take if you feel overwhelmed from all of the city life. This is a beautiful place to see with a monastery at the top of the mountains. It is a quaint little place to hike, have a picnic and wander to see the beautiful views of the hills and land.
To get to Montserrat, leave early in the morning, to get to Placa de Espana also known as Espana. Once you get to Place de Espana, find signs for Montserrat and buy tickets at the yellow machines for a combo ticket for the train and the cable car. Tickets are €20.50 per person round trip or €11.25 each way.
They have a train that comes by every hour so be sure to show up on time or early, if you miss the train then you will have to wait an hour til the next one arrives. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Montserrat. It is good to pack a lunch or water beforehand, however there is a little market you can buy food or water at or the cafeteria, so if you didn’t pack anything don’t worry there will be food, snacks and drinks available. Take the R5 train to Montserrat and get off at the Aeri Montserrat exit to take the cable car. Once you exit the train, you will see the exit for the cable car and wait to take the cable car up to the mountains and Montserrat Monastery.
Once you arrive to the Monserrat Monastery, to get the best view, you can take the short uphill walk/hike to Sant Miguel’s Cross. They will tell you it is about 40 minutes of a walk although we felt it may have been a little bit shorter. You will have the best view of the Monastery once you have reached this point.
After you have headed back down the trail to the Monastery again, you will have access to the church and the courtyard for free which are stunning.
If you want to see more you can pay to access the museum. But by this point we were tired since we decided to travel later in the day. The last train to leave depends on the day and availability but usually the train leaves around 6:15pm or 18:15. You can see a more detailed train schedule on a brochure at the train station.
Well there you have it, a day trip to Montserrat.
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