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Montserrat mountain and monastery near Barcelona. Montserrat is a mountain, a 1000 year old abbey and monastery, a basilica church and the shrine of the famous black virgin Lady of Montserrat called 'La Moreneta' which means the "little black one.' Montserrat is just under 1 hour from Barcelona by train, car or tour, Montserrat is a world class visitors attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Montserrat monastery is also a location in bestselling author Dan Brown's new book 'Origin' released in October 2017. The name Montserrat means 'serrated mountain' or 'jagged mountain. 

It is easy to see why this unusual and jagged mountain massif is named serrated mountain. Montserrat is one of Barcelona's and Spain's major tourist attractions because of its unique rock formations, the breathtaking scenery and panoramic views. The name Montserrat originates from the Romans, who called it Mons Serratus. It is also, but less frequently called "Montsagrat" by the Catalans, which means 'sacred mountain.'

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Montserrat mountain is home to the Virgin of Montserrat who can be seen in the "Santuari de La Mar de Déu" -  the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat" Montserrat is also one of Spain's most famous Benedictine monasteries, the Monestir de Montserrat, which has a history spanning almost a thousand years.

In the Montserrat Basilica you can often experience the beautiful voices of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe called the "Escolania de Montserrat." The boys choir sing two choral works in the Basilica at 1pm during the week. Tip: If you want a good seat in the spring, summer and fall to hear the boys choir, then it is a good idea to be inside the church by 12.30 latest.

The boys choir do not sing on Saturdays and they do not sing on Spanish school holidays including summer holidays from end June to mid September. On Sunday the boys choir sings at 11.00 at mass service. Generally the Montserrat boys choir are away on tour twice a year.

Visit the Montserrat visitors website for more information about Montserrat. If you want to see sunrises and sunsets, then book a room at the 3 star Hotel Abat Cisneros, next to the Basilica.

Montserrat is a popular location for climbers and there is a tiny camping site for climbers and hikers near the Monastery called "Area Esportiva i D'Acampada."

Pictures Montserrat mountain Barcelona
Hotel Abat Cisneros at monastery
Visitors website Montserrat monastery
Montserrat basilica times mass & services
Website Abadia de Montserrat
Small Group tours to Montserrat
Montserrat & Winery small group tours

Montserrat Mountain Live Webcam

How to get to Montserrat mountain

Train from Barcelona to Montserrat

There are trains from Barcelona to the base of Montserrat mountain where you can connect to a train that takes you up the mountainside to the monaster. We can recommend the Montserrat Express Ticket or the Tot Monserrat ticket which can be bought at Plaza Espanya station or at Barcelona tourist offices.

The train journey time is about 2 hours from Barcelona to Montserrat mountain, which includes train ticket  to Monistrol de Montserrat and then mountain rack-railway from the valley to the monastery and funicular train tickets which start at the monastery.

Tot Montserrat ticket

-Barcelona metro ticket to and from Plaza Espanya station
-FGC train ticket to and from return Pl Espanya stations to Monistrol de Montserrat station
-Ticket for rack-railway to Montserrat Monastery. Get off at 'Monistrol de Montserrat' station
Optional extras
-Unlimited trrips on Sant Joan funicular train from monastery to highest mountain point
-Unlimited trips on Sant Cova funicular train to location of Virgin of Montserrat
-Entrance to Audiovisual room
-Entrance to Montserrat Art Museum
-Lunch in the self-service restaurant of Montserrat

Buy Ticket Tot Montserrat
Standard train tickets Montserrat

Montserrat Expres train ticket

The Montserrat Expres is a new daily direct train + rack railway service from Plaza Espanya in Barcelona city centre to Montserrat mountain in just 1 hour 30 minutes. This is a a direct journey without stops, so it's faster than the regular train. This ticket can be bought at Plaza Espanya station or at Barcelona tourist offices. The Montserrat Expres ticket includes the following :

-Welcome pack consisting of a nice bag with an MP3 player with audio guide in Catalan, Spanish, English, Russian, German, French, Dutch, German and Japanese langauges
- Discount voucher for Montserrat shops and services.
-Brochure” Open-Air Museum guide”
-Box of “carquinyoli “biscuits made specially for Montserrat
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To Montserrat mountain by car
Montserrat is 61km west of Barcelona. Driving time is about 50 minutes depending on traffic. You can park very close to the Montserrat monastery. Or you can park at the free parking at the rack railway station or at the parking by the cable car station.

Route Barcelona to cable car station
Route Barcelona to rack train station at Monistrol de Montserrat

Useful links for visits to Montserrat:

FGC railway - Tot Montserrat card and tickets
FGC network - S4 line Montserrat from Pl. Espanya station in Barcelona
Cremallera de Monserrat - Rack railway to Monserrat Monastery
Aeri de Montserrat - Cable car to Monserrat Monastery. To take the cable car to Monastery take FGC train from Pl Espanya to station "Monserrat Aeri" which is next to cable car station. The "Aeri de Montserrat" cable car is usually open from 1st March to 31st October. Times: 09:40 to 14:00 and 14:35 to 19:00. Plenty of parking nearby.

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