Montserrat Spain – How To Have The Best Day Trip From Barcelona

Montserrat Spain is truly a mystical place to enjoy nature, learn about the history, and adventure. It is so fascinating to me that this beautiful monastery was built into the mountains in such a spectacularly beautiful, yet mindful way. I highly recommend seeing this magnificent sight at least once in your life – especially since it is such an easy trip – only about an hour outside of Barcelona. Keep on scrolling for my tips on how to have the best day trip from Barcelona to the Montserrat Mountains.

Quick note: If you are trying to figure out how much time to spend at Montserrat Spain, I think it’s different for each person. We saw everything we wanted to see in 2 hours, but some people can spend all day hiking here. It just really depends on why you’re going and what you’re interested in.

How To Get To Montserrat From Barcelona

Technically you can travel to Montserrat by car or bus, but I highly recommend you just take the train because it is the easiest and fastest way. Head to the Plaça Espanya rail station which is on the green and red metro lines making it accessible from any part of Barcelona city centre that has a metro stop.

Once at Plaça Espanya, look for Line R5 headed towards Manresa. You can book round trip tickets once you are at the station. Here is more info on departure times, prices, etc. (Trains leave every hour, so don’t worry about missing a train. Just relax and enjoy the adventure.)

*Tip* Definitely arrive at Espanya station in plenty of time because it can be a bit confusing.

Once you get off the Manresa stop, you can purchase your cable car tickets to go up and down the mountain to the Montserrat Monastery.

Things To Do & See In Montserrat

  • Take the cable car. This was so scary for me because I’m afraid of heights, but it was also so exhilarating and beautiful! One of the most unique experiences in Spain.
  • Hike.  There are plenty of hikes if you’re feeling adventurous. We didn’t because it was too humid, but there are many scenic trails which you can read about here.
  • The Stairway To Heaven. This famous sculpture is most likely what intrigued you. The only bummer about this is that they have it fenced off now making it aesthetically meh, but the good news is that you don’t have to hike to see it. Just ask someone who works there to point you in the right direction. (Just take a right when you get off of the cable car, go past the market stalls, and it will be down the stairs on the right, after you pass the restaurant.)
  • The art museum. They have an impressive art collection including pieces by Dali, Picasso, and Monet.
  • Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery. If you love Gothic architecture, then this is worth exploring. The Virgin of Montserrat (Black Madonna) is in the monastery.
  • Take the funicular of Santa Cova and Sant Joan. From the main observation platform, you take this up to another area which has entrances to more hiking trails, buildings, and art.

Where To Eat

Honestly there aren’t many options because you are high up in the mountains, but there is a restaurant with a beautiful view called Restaurant Montserrat. For a quick bite, you can go to La Cafeteria which is more food court style, or buy some regional specialties at the market stalls. I suggest you bring snacks and water just in case.

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