If you are visiting Barcelona for more than just a few days, then a trip to Montserrat is a must! It’s less than one hour train trip away from Barcelona.
Montserrat is a mountain with Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat and lies 45km northwest of Barcelona.
It’s a good plan to buy a combined ticket that gives you two train trips and entrance to the mountain top, including the ride from the train station to the destination.
There are two ways to get on the top; one is a cable car swinging high above the ground and the other one is a regular cable car touching the ground.
Once you get to the top, you can check out the old buildings, including the monastery.
But what’s even more spectacular is the view from the mountain. A few guided paths are going around the area that allows you to gaze on the far away hills, train tracks and roads. Be aware that the temperature might be much colder than in Barcelona.
There is also a museum, which gives an insight in the work of major artists like Dali, El Greco, Monet and Giordano.
The legend tells the story about the first Madonna statue that was found in 880 by a shepherd boy in a cave. The bishop tried to move it to Manresa, but it was impossible because it was too heavy. He saw this as a wish of the Madonna, to stay at that place. The bishop ordered to build the hermitage of the Virgin Mary, the current Monastery.
Be prepared, if you want to see the statue up close it’s possible that there is a long queue.
Montserrat is a good recommendation for a day trip!
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