This place is not only a mountain, where lovers of hiking, climbing, and some other sport, that those rocky forms of nature allow you to play; it goes far beyond a natural park, exclusively; It is also a cultural and religious tourist treasure. The Monastery and “La Cova Santa de Monserrat”, with one of the few images in the world of a black virgin, are a must see for the more than two million annual visitors who come to know this sanctuary, also the open-air museum and The Monserrat Museum, with works by artists such as El Greco, Dalí, Picasso or Caravaggio and its audiovisual space, where visitors discover what life was in the Monastery in its time of greatest activity are also a must see. This mixture of nature and culture, makes it a meeting point for visitors and tourists looking for different options in their visit.
The best option to spend a weekend, not too expensive, is to stay in its closest villages, Monistrol and Collbató, from there you can walk to the Monastery in approximately two hours, for their roads perfectly indicated: “Camí Des Canals or de l'aigua or Camino Romeo to Monserrat”, from the first village and “Camí de les Voltes or Camí de Coves del Salnitre” from the second. Once the route is finished and already in the Monastery, it is best that you go to the information and tourism office, to know what options you have to visit what most catches your attention, there are guided tours to make the most of your visit.
If you prefer to continue enjoying nature without tiring, you can access the top of the mountain with the cable car or the “Cremallera de Monserrat” train, they access more than 600 meters and the views of the landscape you will enjoy will stay in your retina forever.
It is easy to get here by public transport from your student apartment in Barcelona, you just have to approach the Barcelona / Plaça España station and take a train of “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya” that leaves for Montserrat every hour.
The R5 line (Barcelona-Manresa) is linked to the Montserrat cable car stations and the Montserrat rack.
You can expand all the tourist information to organize your visit to Montserrat in the page: Visit Montserrat
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