If there is more day to spend in Barcelona, it would be advisable to take a trip to theMontserrat Mountain through day tours, departing from Barcelona. It is located in 40 km to the northwest of Barcelona. Especially during spring, it is highly recommended to visit Montserrat.
No matter how much you love the busy, cosmopolitan feel to the Barcelona, it’s always a good idea to get out of the city for a few hours, and breathe in some fresh mountain air. Around 38 miles just north east of the city you will find Montserrat, a huge mountain, packed with attractions and stunning vistas to take in. This is one of the area’s most popular attractions, especially during the peak summer months. Visiting Montserrat will also show you the heart of Catalonia, with is rolling hills and rocky peaks. There are many old buildings to visit high upon the mountain, including the famous Santa Maria de Montserrat, an old Benedictine monastery which is extremely popular with day visitors. Visiting Montserrat takes between 1-2 hours, depending upon traffic out of the city itself, giving you the ideal day trip option from Barcelona.
A day trip to Montserrat from Barcelona is a full day in which you can take lungfuls of fresh mountain air. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, such as climbing, hiking, and many photography opportunities. The craggy clifftops lend to some of the most delicious panoramas you can imagine, and the cable car ride up the mountain is something not to be missed. Of course, during the busier times, there may be a wait for the cable car, so it is a good idea to get there as early as possible, to avoid long waits. That mountain itself looks rather odd when you approach it, and it isn’t like a regular mountain - Montserrat looks like something from the old gold mining Wild West of America, with rock pillars naturally formed by erosion and years gone by. The landscape is also very varied, so you will see many different types of flora and fauna as you move along. One of the biggest attractions on Montserrat is without a doubt the Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey, as well as the caves which surround it. This is an old benedictine monastery dating back to 1025, and is now known as a place of spiritual retreat. The basilica inside the monastery also has many religious artefacts connected to the region, allowing you to learn more about its history and importance. The huge amount of history and mystery which surrounds this area is something to really take the time to learn about, so don’t rush. There is also a statue within the grounds called the Black Madonna, or La Moreneta, which many pilgrims make a journey to visit it. Of course, this being a huge mountain, you’re also sure to feel as though you truly are as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as possible. The fresh air and wide open spaces are idyllic and refreshing, and the many flowers and different types of wildlife seen on the mountain will keep you occupied for a few hours at the very least. This is a full day out, and in order to really get the best of Montserrat, you should take your time exploring and really take in what is surrounding you. There are several small restaurants in the area, for pitstops and refreshments too. Montserrat can be easily reached by day tours departing from Barcelona.