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Walking in Montserrat
One of the best things you can do in Barcelona, is using it as a base to have a day trip to Montserrat.
Montserrat is a mountain famous for its geological formation and rounded peaks. It is a popular destination among Christian pilgrims who visit Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedectine abbey that hosts the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, better known as ‘la moreneta’ (the little dark-skinned one).
Despite not being religious, this place impacted me somehow. The candles, the beauty of the church and the quiet atmosphere. Also keep in mind we have visited the monastery of Montserrat just a few days after lockdown was lifted. I remember already 13 years ago you had to queue for a while in order to see ‘la moreneta’. We just went in, climbed up the steps and saw her. With no one in front of or behind us. What a luxury!
Hiking in Montserrat
Some of the best hiking trails in Catalonia and Spain are definitely in Montserrat. The walks are extremely scenic thanks to the beautiful rock’s formations.
How to get to Montserrat from Barcelona
How to get to Montserrat by car from Barcelona
You can get a Drivy. This is your AirBnB for cars. It is easy to create an account, the only thing you need is a valid driving license in the country you want to hire and the Drivy app on your phone as you will use this to unlock and lock the car.
I love this option because you can get a car next to where you are staying, so reducing the commuting and making it a really enjoyable experience. It takes just under 1 hour to get there from Barcelona centre and you can spend 50 euros in total.
Normally, you can book the car with insurance included for 35 euros, add 10 euros petrol and 6,50 euros parking we paid at the monastery.
How to get to Montserrat by train from Barcelona
You can get the train to Montserrat from Barcelona by following these simple steps:
Get to the tube stop called ‘Espanya’, which is on the green line.
From there, look for Line R5 that heads to Manresa.
There are two stops at Montserrat: one is to Aeri Montserrat (where you can get the Cable Car to get up to the monastery) and the other is Monistrol Montserrat (where you can get the Rack Railway to get up to the monastery). Make sure you buy the right ticket combo when you are in ‘Espanya’.
It will cost you around 25 euros to get a return ticket including cable car or rack railway and it will take you a total of 1,5 hours more or less to get there. Have a look here for more information about tickets and rates.
Which walking trail to choose in Montserrat
There are lots of hiking paths in Montserrat and I would advise to use Wikiloc to choose a walk that suits you. This app lets you filter difficulty, length, loop trails and much more. While we had chosen our walk on Wikiloc, once we arrived there we decided to follow the Sant Jeroni’s path, which was super well indicated.
It is 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the top of Sant Jeroni from the Monastery of Montserrat and another hour and 10 minutes to get down. It is an easy walk, with lots of steep steps, but a very doable one. It gets a bit rocky in some bits but nothing too difficult anyway.
This trail is super scenic, I was wowing the whole time as the rounded peaks are really cute and everywhere around you. At half walk you also get to enjoy some bits in the woods, which was the cherry on the top for me as I love trees and walking with a bit of shadow too.
I would advise getting to Montserrat as early as you can as it is a very popular destination and you will enjoy it better when there are less people. We managed to get the car at 8 am and arrived there at 9. At 13 we were already back from our walk up to Sant Jeroni.
We relaxed a bit, got some water and ate a snack, before driving back to Barcelona. At 4 pm we had already dropped off the car and were ready for a nap and then dinner in the city.
The perfect day in Barcelona if you ask me 🙂
Have you ever been to Montserrat? What is your favourite walk in Spain?
Combine this lovely walk to Montserrat with a nice walk in Parc de Cervantes, about which you can read more in my post here: