Vistas – Montserrat Summit – Hiking Sant Jeroni Trail

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View of Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat - cable car or funicular up the mountain

View of Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat


Breathtaking vistas abound while hiking Montserrat Spain! During my solo trip to Barcelona I hiked around Montserrat trails 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 whether you are traveling alone or with a group.

To get to Montserrat from Barcelona by train it takes about one hour. See more information on options for how to get from Barcelona to Montserrat at the bottom of this post.

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Montserrat Sant Jeroni trail information is posted along the hiking trail - one hour train ride from Barcelona - great day trip

Montserrat Sant Jeroni trail information


You will find a board with a map and list of all of the hiking trails at Montserrat. There is also info for how long the hikes take, amount of elevation gain, and difficulty rating. Sant Jeroni is rated as an easy hike with an elevation gain of 525 meters (1,722 feet) and estimated time to complete is 1 hour 10 minutes.

The views along the way to Montserrat were extraordinary! Starting with the trip up the mountain in a cable car – offering a grand vista looking back down to the monastery of Montserrat.


Aeri (cable car) at Montserrat - 48 kilometers west of Barcelona - best day trip

Aeri (cable car) at Montserrat


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!


View along Sant Jeroni trail while solo hiking Montserrat - best day trip from Barcelona

View along Sant Jeroni hiking trail at Montserrat


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 Spain.


Spectacular views along Sant Jeroni hiking trail at Montserrat - 1 hour train ride from Barcelona to the mountains

My inappropriate hiking footwear – and a grand view!


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.


Mountain climbers at Montserrat Sant Jeroni trail - popular mountaineering site 48 kilometers from Barcelona

Mountain climbers at Montserrat Sant Jeroni trail


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.


Montserrat - serrated mountains in Catalan - popular mountain climbing location 48 kilometers from Barcelona

Montserrat is a popular mountain climbing location


Getting close to the Sant Jeroni 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 trail.


Montserrat - last flight of stairs to the summit of Sant Jeroni - great day trip from Barcelona

Montserrat – last flight of stairs to the summit of Sant Jeroni


At last the summit of Sant Jeroni in beautiful Montserrat Spain!


Hikers enjoy the panoramic vistas from Sant Jeroni summit at Montserrat - 48 kilometers from Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Enjoying the panoramic vistas from Sant Jeroni summit


Fellow hikers at Sant Jeroni summit - Montserrat Spain - great day trip from Barcelona

Fellow hikers at Sant Jeroni summit – Montserrat


I highly recommend a trip to Montserrat for anyone visiting Barcelona. It is a one-hour train ride from Pl Espanya metro station in Central Barcelona. The vistas hiking in Montserrat Spain are amazing! More info on getting around in Barcelona here.


Great views along the Sant Jeroni trail at Montserrat - day trip from Barcelona - 48 kilometers

Amazing vistas along the Sant Jeroni trail at Montserrat


Mountains of Montserrat - perfect day trip from Barcelona

Hiking Montserrat Spain, great day trip from Barcelona



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How to get to Montserrat Spain 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.


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  1. Richie says:

    Your beautiful photos make me want to VISIT.

  2. Roger Green says:

    You know, that VALLEY where the building is located looks like a giant V!

  3. photowannabe says:

    So breathtaking.
    I don’t think my knees could survive but I guess I can dream.

  4. Leslie says:

    OMG! If only I could hike up to see those vistas! I will have to be satisfied either looking at your photos or if I ever get there, look waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy up!

    abcw team

  5. photo cache says:

    i’m looking forward to visiting montserrat, dunno if i’d hike thou’. prolly will just take the cable car :)

    • Susan Moore says:

      It’s an easy hike especially at the beginning so you could just hike a portion of it – you will love it :)
      It’s a great day trip from Barcelona.

  6. ellen b says:

    People who put in the work are very fortunate to see vistas like these. Beautiful…

  7. Reader Wil says:

    It’s great to see your photos of places we will probably not able to visit! I admire you for your courage to hike and climb there. You are very enterprising!!
    Have a great week!

  8. Looks like the cable car ride and hike were all worth it. What amazing vistas you’re sharing with us. What an incredible spot for a monastery!

    • Susan Moore says:

      Yes totally worth it!! I recommend Montserrat to anyone visiting Barcelona – extraordinary views and a real nice way to spend a day. The monastery is beautiful as well – there is also a boys choir that sings there and I missed them this time but would love to go back and hear them sing.

  9. Margy says:

    Your vistas are much higher and more elaborate than mine. I am so lucky to live in a place where every hill or mountain gives me pleasure. – Margy

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hi Margy! You get to enjoy nature year round in your area – that’s a big plus! Every summer when the heat gets so intense here in Austin I start weighing the pros and cons of moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy!

  10. Hazel says:

    Beautiful vistas. I’m planning to go to Dubai next year and if I stay longer, I may visit Europe as well. Will keep this in mind.

  11. Saira says:

    Amazing pics! My daughter and I are going in a couple of weeks. She’s 11. We’re in average shape and have been going on hour-long walks lately. Do you think she’ll be ok? Did you see any kids on the trail?

    • Susan Moore says:

      How exciting for you and your daughter! I did see a few kids along the trail and the beginning of the trail has gorgeous views so you could just hike out a half hour or so and then return. Keep in mind it will be much hotter weather now compared to when I was there in May so be sure to bring plenty of water and some snacks/lunch. I hope you and your daughter have an extraordinary time at Montserrat! Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  12. Charlene says:

    Hi Susan,

    I’ve been looking around the Montserrat website, and lists has hikes under the ‘nature lovers’ section from 10-12 euros, but they don’t mention this hike. What was the cost for this trail, or was there a cost at all? It looks amazing.


    • Susan Moore says:

      Char, I did the hike on my own so there was no fee for the actual hike. The only costs would be the subway and the tram or cable car. Hope you enjoy Montserrat if you do go there, Sant Jeroni has magnificent views and it’s an enjoyable day trip from Barcelona.

  13. Jam says:

    Hi Susan! I am planning to do the hike also by myself. Thanks for the pictures and info! Very helpful. Although I want to ask if you bought the train and cable tickets online or in the station? I’m glad I found your site!

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