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Montserrat is the most representative mountain of Catalonia and thanks to its amazing features has become a Catalan symbol. Its peculiar morphology, its natural and its ancient traditions make it an incomparable reference, a place that welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world.

 

Here you will find how to get there, what to do and where to eat in Montserrat.  


 

HOW TO GET HERE?

Montserrat is only half an hour away from Barcelona. You can get here by car, train or bus. From Pl. Espanya station in Barcelona or from other stations of the FGC Llobregat-Anoia line you can catch any train of the R5 service towards Manresa. Then, you have to get off at Monistrol de Montserrat station and take either the rack railway or the cable car up to the sanctuary. 

 


 

WHICH TICKET SHOULD I GET?

There are many easy options to get to Montserrat by train with combined tickets: Montserrat Expres, Tot Montserrat, and Trans Montserrat. 

 

 

1) MONTSERRAT EXPRES. Transport and Audioguide (35,65€)

 

Montserrat Express is a combined ticket that includes all transports needed to enjoy your experience in Montserrat. Combined ticket Montserrat express includes:

- Round trip ticket FGC train to Monistrol Enllaç Railway Station (links to Montserrat's Rack Railway line)

- Cremallera de Montserrat's Round trip ticket

- Welcome Pack with: Mp3 with an audioguide to visit the surroundings of the Monastery, Typical Carquinyolis Pastry (to be delivered at Montserrat's information desk), tasting of typical liquors and discounts package for different services. 

 

 

2) TOT MONTSERRAT: A full Montserrat Experience (50,95€)

 

Tot Montserrat offers the possibility to get to Montserrat by public transport from almost every single town in Barcelona metro area linked with FGC Railway Line Llobregat - Anoia, visit Montserrat places by traveling with its funicular and live an amazing culinary and cultural experience.

 

Combined ticket Tot Montserrat includes:

- Barcelona's Metro Ticket

- Round trip ticket FGC train to Monistrol Enllaç Railway Station (links to Montserrat's Rack Railway line )

- Cremallera de Montserrat's Round trip ticket

- Sant Joan funicular round trip ticket*

- Menu at Montserrat's self-service restaurant

- Montserrat's museum entrance ticket

- Audiovisual space ticket

*Santa Cova included when on service 

 

 

3) TRANS MONTSERRAT: 3 in 1: train + rack railway + funicular (31,60€)

 

Trans Montserrat, a perfect combined ticket including all transport tickets needed for those who want to visit Montserrat independently and save money!

Combined ticket Trans Montserrat includes:

- Trip ticket from every metro station of Barcelona web

- Round trip ticket FGC train to Monistrol Enllaç Railway Station (links to Montserrat's Rack Railway line )

- Cremallera de Montserrat's Round trip ticket

- Sant Joan funicular round trip ticket*

- Media Room entrance

* Santa Cova included when on service 

 

 

You can buy a combined ticket at Plaça Espanya FGC Railway Station or easier, online, here.

 


 

WHAT TO DO IN MONTSERRAT?

 

1) Visit the Sanctuary

 

Go to the most significant areas and monuments of Montserrat Sanctuary. It is the route that you must do if you want to discover the heart of Montserrat. It takes them to the basilica where you will be able to venerate Mare de Déu; past sculptures and architectural remains that will tell you about the history of Montserrat.

 

 

 2) Routes and walks

 

Montserrat massif is unique and unparalleled. Its rounded peaks, called "needle”, are the most characteristic feature of its spectacular mountain range. The highest peak of the mountain of Montserrat is the peak of Sant Jeroni (St. Jerome) (1236 m), from where visitors can admire a wonderful view from the Pyrenees to the sea and on clear days even they get to see the island of Mallorca.

 

You can check all the routes and walks here.

 

Montserrat is a protected National Park so it is important to stay on the paths created by local authorities in order to protect local flora and fauna and avoid unnecessary conflict between wildlife and humans.

 

 

 3) Visit the museum and the Interactive exhibition

 

Montserrat Museum designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1929, has six permanent collections with more than 1,300 pieces from a wide chronological period, as well as temporary exhibitions. You will see El Greco, Caravaggio, Dalí, Miró, Picasso

 

The interactive exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery, and sanctuary. Some of its content focuses on aspects as relevant as the presence of the Holy Image from the end of the 12th century, or the singularity of a monastery with more than a thousand years of history, while placing emphasis and relevance on the spiritual, social and cultural life of the country

 

Furthermore, you also have some ideas for your visit here

 


 

WHERE CAN YOU EAT?

Montserrat offers several options to eat and rest a little bit:

 

1) Restaurant Hostal Abat Cisneros 

 

The Restaurant Hostal Abat Cisneros is part of the Hotel Hostal Abat Cisneros building. The ceiling in what is now the dining room (used as stables in the 16th century) consists of a great stone arch, whilst the walls are the bare rock. The so-called Saló de Pedra (Stone Dining Room) seats up to 120 diners, whilst the Saló Rosa (Pink Room), holds another 100. Set menu and à la carte services for groups, family parties, weddings, and other celebrations.

 

You can check the set lunch and the menus in the Restaurant Hostal Abat Cisneros here.

 

2) Restaurant Montserrat 

 

This restaurant replaced another, located under the squares of Santa Maria, which was reached by a spiral staircase. The Restaurant Montserrat opened on the ground floor of the Mirador dels Apòstols building in 1976. The building, designed by Father Pere Busquets, commands superb panoramic views over the mountain, the Santa Cova (Holy Grotto) and the Llobregat Valley. This spacious restaurant enables you to enjoy excellent value Mediterranean cuisine in the company of family and friends. 

 

You can check the set lunch and the menus in the Restaurant Montserrat here

  

3) Other places: buffet, cafeteria, Bar de la Plaça… 

 

There are several options at the sanctuary, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. 

 

Montserrat Buffet is located on the second floor of the Mirador dels Apòstols building. The dining rooms command splendid views over the mountain. This is the ideal place for a quick meal, with a huge range of Mediterranean and international dishes offering excellent value for money.

 

The Cafeteria was completely refurbished in 2001, serves a large range of dishes and hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, drinks, etc.

 

The Bar de la Plaça serves hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, drinks, etc, in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. 

 

You can also use the picnic area enjoying magnificent views over the mountain whilst having a meal in the open air. But remember, what you take with you to the mountains (rubbish, plastic), take away with you from the mountains. Help us to respect the flora and fauna!

 


 

December 13, 2019
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