Breathtaking vistas abound at Montserrat! During my recent trip to Barcelona I hiked around Montserrat one afternoon and enjoyed the outstanding vistas so much I returned again to hike Sant Jeroni trail. Montserrat is one of the best day trips from Barcelona.
The views along the way were extraordinary! Starting with the trip up the mountain in a cable car – offering a grand vista looking back down to the monastery – at least I thought so.
Apparently a lot of people get nervous about being in a cable car – that heavy cable car filled with people and all that weight hanging on one little cable. I love cable cars!
I enjoyed spectacular vistas all along the Sant Jeroni hiking trail – it’s an easy 1 hour 10 minute hike but I took 2 hours – stopping to take photos and enjoying the picturesque views of Montserrat.
I meant to change my shoes before I left the apartment in central Barcelona but I forgot and so I wore rather inappropriate footwear for hiking! My favorite hiking shoes are these.
I saw several climbers at Montserrat – a popular location for mountain climbing – I would love to try it some day! I need to take a class and get some basic training first. It looks to be an exhilarating and challenging experience.
Getting close to the summit – just another flight of stairs – yes stairs on a hiking trail! Chatting with some other hikers we surmised the stairs were put in place for stability – to keep the trail at the summit from crumbling from the thousands of hikers that visit Sant Jeroni.
At last the summit!
I highly recommend a trip to Montserrat for anyone visiting Barcelona – it’s just a one-hour train ride from Pl Espanya metro station in Central Barcelona. The vistas are amazing! More info on getting around in Barcelona here.
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How to get to Montserrat from Barcelona:
By Bus: There is one direct daily bus to and from Montserrat, leaving from the bus station next to Estació Sants train station in Barcelona. You can find the exact times on the company’s website, AutoCars Julia.
By Train: From the Plaça Espanya train station, take the FGC’s R5 train to either Aeri de Montserrat or Monistrol de Montserrat. Which stop to get off depends on whether you choose to take the cable car or the rack train to the mountain. You can purchase combination tickets (called ToT Montserrat ticket) at the train station in Barcelona and find out more about prices and options here.
By Car: Maps, directions, and information on car rentals and parking can be found on this Montserrat Tourist Guide website.
By tour: If you want to visit Montserrat with a tour, there are several organized tours leaving from Barcelona in the morning and afternoon.