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Guide to Montserrat Monastery & Mountain 2024 Day Trips

Discover the geologically unique mountain range of Montserrat with world famous monastery. Day trip transport guide, train times, hiking trails, maps & tickets

Updated: Jan 27, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 2.7k

About Montserrat Mountain, Natural Park & Monastery

The number one tourist excursion is a Barcelona day trip to Montserrat. Montserrat is the religious centre of Catalunya with a monastery, basilica, Museums, restaurants and a hotel. It is a mountain top religious centre and world famous pilgrimage destination. The Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.

Montserrat Mountain Hiking

For an easy family day trip to Montserrat I recommend visiting the Montserrat Monastery Basilica first and walking around the main square. The Easy Santa Cova walk can be done with young children or elderly relatives after you have finished in the basilica.

For an family day trip to Montserrat with children I recommend a visit to the Montserrat Monastery Basilica first followed by the Easy Montserrat walking route. This combination will allow you to explore some of the mountain hermitages as well as the basilica.

For a more challenging Montserrat day trip hiking experience, I recommend a quick visit to the Montserrat Monastery Basilica followed by the Sant Jeroni from Montserrat Monastery route. Sant jeroni is the highest summit in the Montserrat natural park and you will enjoy magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations in Catalonia consisting of a sedimentary geology of pebbled stone with its flora, fauna and abandoned hermitages along the way.

Alternatively the monastery complex can be reached from Monistrol de Montserrat with a spectacular hiking route up the side of montserrat mountain via the Abandoned Hotel Colonia Puig and Santa Cecilia Hermitage.

For the ultimate Montserrat hiking route from Colbató, walk up the entire Height of the Montserrat mountain range rather than starting half way up from the monastery complex. The Sant Jeroni from Colbató circular route from Colbató is reachable by bus and provides great views of the opposite side of Montserrat mountain from the Monastery. This route is challenging because it involves walking up the entire height of the Montserrat mountain range rather than starting half way up from the monastery complex.

Not on the Montserrat mountain range but in the valley below is La Puda abandoned thermal bath complex and this hiking route gives spectacular views of Montserrat mountain from Sant Salvador de les Espases hermitage.

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Getting to Montserrat Mountain, Natural Park & Monastery

When planning a Day Trip from Barcelona to Montserrat there are five options for getting to the Monastery from Barcelona:

  1. FGC train + Montserrat Cremallera train

    Take the FGC train from Barcelona Plaça España to Monistrol de montserrat station and change here onto the Montserrat cremallera racked railway which terminates in the main square of the Monastery complex.
  2. FGC train + Montserrat Cable Car

    Take the FGC train from Barcelona Plaça España to Aire de Montserrat station one stop before Monistrol de Montserrat. Exit the station and immediately outside is the Montserrat yellow cable car lower station. The cable car terminates in the main square of the Monastery complex after climbing some steps upon exiting the upper cable car station.
  3. Walk via Abandoned Hotel, Sant Bennet Monastery & Santa Cecilia

    following this beautiful route from Monistrol de Montserrat train station.
  4. Hire a car and drive

    Take the A2 (Not AP2) motorway leaving Barcelona and at the 582A junction take the C55 Dual Carriageway towards Manresa. At Monstrol de Montserrat take the BP-1121 mountain road which ends at the Montserrat Monastery public parking. Parking costs €7 for the wholeday.
  5. Book a Guided Coach Tour

    from the list of coach excursions from Barcelona.

FGC train + Montserrat Cable Car is the fastest way to get to Montserrat monastery from Barcelona with the train taking 1h and the cable car taking 5 minutes. FGC train + Montserrat Cremallera train takes about 1h 45 minutes with the Cremallera rack railway having a journey time of 40 minutes.

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Montserrat Funiculars and Cremallera Tourist Map

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Montserrat Cremallera Route factsheet

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Montserrat Funiculars History and Factsheets

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Montserrat Monastery Map

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What to take with you for Montserrat Mountain, Natural Park & Monastery

If just visiting the monastery area then be aware that this is the religious centre of Catalunya so there is a dress code to enter the basilica. No see through clothes, beachwear, bikinis. Skirts must be at least mid thigh length. Shorts are permitted but not hot pants. You will be asked to remove your hat when you enter the basilica.

In the winter months it can get a little windy at the monastery. If you are visiting Montserrat for a hiking activity and also plan to visit the basilica, pack appropriate clothes that you can put on over your sports wear if you do not meet the dress code for the Abbey.

If you visit the Museum it is worth having headphones for the audio guide.

Day Trip Rucksack

Day Trip Rucksack

Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack

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In Ear Headphones

In Ear Headphones

With 3.5mm jack. For running and for museum visits that have an audio guide. Museums don't provide headphones since Covid.

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Emergency Poncho

Emergency Poncho

Small folded lightweight Water proof poncho for emergencies

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Trail shoes

Trail shoes

Lightweight comfortable trail shoes

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How much does Montserrat Mountain, Natural Park & Monastery Day Trip Cost?

Lets talk about prices and Montserrat combined tickets versus Montserrat individual tickets for each section of the journey. Plus what you can pay on the day at the monastery.

65.50€ Tot Montserrat Rack Railway - Plaza Espanya

Includes:

45.00€ Trans Montserrat Rack Railway - Plaza Espanya

Includes:

Buying a separate ticket for each section of the journey to Montserrat

When I visit Montserrat, I do not use one of the two combined tickets above but buy individual tickets for each section of the journey depending on the hiking route or activity I want to do. Also I can walk up to Montserrat from Monistrol.

Prices are for an adult transport ticket

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