Get there by train, take the modern rack railway or a cable car dating from 1930 and land in Montserrat. Nature, trekkings and climbings, culture, religion, tradition and art are there for you to explore in Montserrat Mountain, a symbol of the Catalan culture.
The pilgrimage to Montserrat dates back from 1025, when the first Monastery was built and people went up to the mountain to worship the black Madonna, La Moreneta. The Monastery had its splendor during the Middle Ages and, after a period of decadence, it was restored in the XIX century and has been renewed to what it is today. Nowadays, a community of 80 Benedictines monks live there and the Sanctuary hosts the choir of Montserrat Choirboys, one of the oldest choirboys in Europe.
Montserrat Museum is an outdoors Museum. It hosts relevant architectural and sculptural pieces from outstanding Catalan artists as well as a collection of 1.300 pieces of artworks from all periods including works from El Greco, Caravaggio, Miró, Dalí, Picasso or Degas, to name the most well-known. The Museum also includes and interactive exhibition that allows the visitor to explore the ins and outs of the life of the Benedictines in the Monastery. Interactive media in the Museum also tells the visitor about the physical and historic context of the mountain and the Sanctuary.
Montserrat is a multi-peak montain range made of sedimentary rocks which make an ideal site for rock climbing. Climbing is becoming more and more popular among Catalan mountain lovers and Montserrat has become a place for climbers pilgrimage. There are also trails for trekking lovers, being the most popular the route from the Monastery to the highest peak, Sant Jeroni, (1.236 m). It is not a hard walk, except maybe from the last meters but it is worth the effort because the views from the top make an excellent overlook to the central Catalan landscape and, in a clear day, it is possible to see the island of Majorca, over 200 km far from land.
To end your day in Montserrat or even to take home some of the flavors of the mountain, take a walk around the stalls of traditional and homemade delicatessen. Products elaborated by the Monastery monks and by the local food makers can be found at the food fair. Take home the taste of Montserrat with honeys, cheeses, jams, vegetables and, specially, with the Spirits of Montserrat, a wild herb liqueur originally brewed by the monks to offer the pilgrims.