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Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

Former walled monastery, now and church. The wine co-operative was founded in 1921 by 50 local wine makers as a place to process the grapes.

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

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About Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

Sant Cugat monastery

Dates from the ninth century. in the year 985 it was damaged by an atack of muslim troops led by al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir who repaired the monastery and added the miaret which remains today.

In the mid-12th century, the construction of a new monastery began. It was finished in 1337. In 1350, work began on the fortifications. During the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714), it was occupied by troops of Archduke Charles, causing damage to the structure. Restoration work was completed in 1789. In 1835, the monastery was abandoned by the monks, remaining empty until 1851, when restoration began. It was declared a National Monument in 1931.

Distinctive features of the monastery are is two floor cloister, Church and walled compound. The 30 metre cloister was designed by Arnau Cadell and his disciple Lluis Samaranch and follows the square plan typical of many monasteries in Catalunya from this period.

The cloister is Romanesque but the church is built in the Gothic style, having a nave and two aisles. The facade has a large (8.2 metre diameter) rose window, similar to those in the Cathedrals of Barcelona and of Tarragona. The church houses a Gothic altarpiece, known as the retablo de Todos los Santos, made in 1375 by Pere Serra.


Sant Cugat Wine Cooperative

In 1921, fifty-one local viticulturists, some of them owners, but mostly tenants, founded the Sindicat Vitivinacola and Caixa Rural de Sant Medir, a cooperative whose main objective was to make wine together to get more out of the production of grapes. It was commissioned from Cesar Martinell, the architect specialising in agrarian modernist architecture of the time.

After the peek of 1950 when maximum production was reached activity began to gradually decline. The crisis in the sector had a very important impact, but above all the fact that the rural Sant Cugat that until then lived from the work of the field was already beginning to be transformed into a city.


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Visiting Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

Sant Cugat Monastery

Due to the monastery being abandoned by the monks, most of the relics have been long since removed so inside there are few artifacts. However the space has been preserved and converted into a museum with exhibitions about the history and monastic life. For opening hours and prices check the website.

When I visited on a Sunday morning, I got in for free but this did not include an audio guide.

Opening Hours of Sant Cugat Monastery:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30h to 13:30h & 16:00h to 19:00h (1st of June to 30th September till 20:00h)

Sunday and public Holidays: 10:30 to 14:30h

Closed: Monday, 1st & 6th January, 25 & 26th December


Sant Cugat Wine Cooperative

The last vinification took place in 1988, and the other agricultural services were gradually closed. The auxiliary buildings, and in 1994 the ships of the vats, began to be demolished to give way to a new housing block. The room for the reception of grapes and wine making, built in 1921 according to Martinell's project, was ceded by the cooperative to the city. Rehabilitated and turned into a museum, today it is one of the Museums of Sant Cugat.

Opening Hours of Sant Cugat Wine Cooperative:

Saturday: 10:30h to 13:30h & 16:00h to 19:00h (1st of June to 30th September till 20:00h)

Sunday and public Holidays: 10:30 to 14:30h

Closed: Monday to Friday, 1st & 6th January, 25 & 26th December

This is free to enter but has limited opening times.

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar

This is a short walking route not far from roads so I always do it with a small rucksack of the essentials. Emergency waterproof jacket is optional depending on the weather forecast.

1 - 2 litres of water because there are fountains along the route.

Small 30L Hiking Rucksack

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Includes high visibility fog and rain waterproof cover in zip compartment at bottom of rucksack.

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Emergency Rain jacket

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Small pouch lightweight Waterproof jacket for emergencies

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Convertible Trousers

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Lightweight convertible trousers that zip down to shorts

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Summer socks

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Ankle spring/summer socks

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Fleece jacket or Jersey

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Light weight warm fleece

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Light weight cotton quick dry T-shirt

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Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes Guided tours & audio guides from 6 euros.Free Entry? Monastery Free Entry Tuesday to Sunday. Wine Cellar Free entry Saturday & Sunday

Getting to Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

Address: Plaza d Octavia, Sant Cugat del Valles. 08172

If you just want to visit the Monastery and wine cellar then you can get the FGC from Plaza Catalunya to FGC Sant Cugat.

Sant Cugat is in Zone 1 now so you can use a normal T-casual Zone 1 ticket.

I have a walking route of 13km through parc collserola starting at Sant Cugat FGC station and ending up at Vall de Hebron green (L3) metro station in Barcelona.

Sant cugat is on the FGC valles lines.

Public Transport Guide

Documents for Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

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\'Collserola

Collserola Park Map

Author: www.parcs.diba.cat

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Train Map Sant Cugat to Vall de Hebron

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks

\'Comuter

Comuter Rail Map Sant Cugat to Vall de hebron

Author: www.gencat.cat

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Sant Cugat Monastery Brochure

Author: www.museu.santcugat.cat

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Sant Cugat Monastery Museum

Author: www.museu.santcugat.cat

\'Modernist

Modernist Winery Brochure

Author: www.museu.santcugat.cat

Wikiloc Trail for Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar near Parc Colserolla

A0145 - Sant Cugat Monastery - winery

Parc Collserola walk from Sant Cugat via Sant cugat Monastery and wine cellar, Can Borrell, Sant Medir Chappel and finishing at Metro Vall de Hebron.

Distance: 12.74 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: FGC & Metro

Weather for Sant Cugat de Valles


Mountain Forecast weather for Serra de Collserola


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