Montserrat is a mountain of great beauty that for a long time has been a place of pilgrimage for many travelers. It is located not far from Barcelona (about 40 minutes by train) and if you have an extra day, spend it here, enjoying the fresh air and beauty of this nature’s wonder. There is also a monastery, beautiful basilica, art museum, hotel, cafes and shops on the top of the mountain.
Phone: 93 877 77 01
Open: 1) Basilica -– Oct-Jun 8am–6:30pm daily, Jul-Sep 7:30am–8:30pm daily
2) Museum -– Jan-Feb 10am–4:45pm, Mar-Dec 10am–6pm daily
Tickets: Montserrat card costs 34 euros (10% discount with Bus Touristic discount book). Card includes tickets for train, cable cars, museum, and lunch.
If you buy tickets separately: tickets for the train cost 11.30 euros/roundtrip, the cable car and funicular de Sant Joan each costs 6.10 euros/roundtrip, funicular de la Santa Cova cost 2.50 euros/roundtrip, lunch at the cafeteria costs 9.40 euros (two plates, wine, and desert). The Montserrat card is a better value than if you had to buy each ticket separately, and if you are planning on getting to the mountain around noon, the cable car that brings you from the train station to the mountain has lunch break and you may miss the last cable car by standing in line for the tickets. The cars fill fast and wait time between cable cars can be more than 15 minutes. When you are going up and down in the cable car you ears get stuffed up as if you are taking off in a plane from the change in the height above sea level and you get a feeling that the cable car can fall any minute, but that feeling passes as you soon as you hit the ground. You can get more details at www.fgc.net or by calling 93 205 15 15.
The mountains here surround you everywhere and look so peaceful. This is a great place to relax and enjoy life. If you like to live on the edge, you can take two funiculars down the mountain. The rail that they follow is at a 45 degree angle, and for a short period of time it feels like a rollacoaster ride. If you came here for a religious pilgrimage, one of the funiculars takes you to Santa Cova, the other to Sant Joan.
If you came here for culture, you’ve come to the right place as well. Start with the Montserrat basilica located at the top of the mountain, 717 m above the sea level.
Continued in Part II