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Montserrat is one of Spain's most beloved spiritual sites. The awe-inspiring scenery has made it a prime spot for pilgrimages through much of Christian history, but you needn't be Catholic to enjoy your visit. Here are a few facts any good tour should cover!
In the Middle Ages, the old monastery at Montserrat was widely believed to have once been home to the Holy Grail sought by King Arthur!
The original monastery lies in ruins, but the current one – the 18th-century Santa Maria de Montserrat – is perhaps Spain's foremost spiritual building.
Its chapel only dates back to around 1700, but the famous Virgin of Montserrat was supposedly hidden in this steep hillside during the Moorish invasions of the 8th century!
As well as its ancient virgin relic, the mountain was where the founder of the Jesuit Order, St. Ignatius, was absolved. It also boasts one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world!
Religious or not, making the overnight pilgrimage to see the sunrise silhouette the mountains has become a veritable rite of passage for Catalonia's youth!
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey is open daily from 10:00AM to 5:45PM.
The best (and easiest!) way to reach the abbey from Barcelona is by train. It should take 1½ hours to reach the station Monistrol de Montserrat, or you can get off a stop early (Aeri de Montserrat) to finish your journey by cable car. The spectacular views are worth the extra cost!
- When to visitSanta Maria de Montserrat Abbey is open 10:00 - 5:45PM daily.
- What is the price?Depending on what you want to see, ticket prices vary. Adult tickets start at €11.00.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereFrom Barcelona, take the train to the Monistrol de Montserrat station, or take the cable car from Aeri de Montserrat.
- Additional tips
- Plan ahead and check train schedules so that a railway strike does not ruin your visit!