What will I see?
Montserrat is a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views. No wonder the whole mountain is also a Natural Park
The Monastery & Black Madonna
The 1000 year old Benedictine monastery is perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. There is a basilica with the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat known as La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, and a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys’ school devoted to the study of music.
The Sanctuary of Montserrat
Surrounding the Monastery there are plenty of things to do, here are some top suggestions:
- Best place for pictures, with some outstanding views of both Montserrat and the surrounding plains
- Market stalls selling local goods like honey and Mató (fresh cheese)
- The Museum of Montserrat has an extensive collection with paintings by Dalí, Picasso, El Greco and even treasures from ancient Egypt!
- Restaurants and shops for anyone looking for souvenirs
- Funicular railway to Sant Joan chapel