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Catalonia's most important religious retreat is Montserrat. Here athletes pledge barefoot pilgrimages if prayers are answered and vital competitions won. Groups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat. "La Moreneta" (the black virgin), Catalonia's favorite saint, resides in the famous sanctuary of the Mare de Deu de Montserrat, next to the Benedictine monastery nestled among the towers and crags of the mountain.

Montserrat, whose name means serrated mountain, is 48 kilometers (roughly 30 miles) west of Barcelona, and can be reached easily and spectacularly by train and cable car.

Looming 1236 meters (4055 ft) over the valley floor, Montserrat, the highest point of the Catalan lowlands, stands central to the most populated part of Catalonia. The massive conglomerate stone monolith is ideally located to play an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia.

Lastly, Montserrat's highest point, Sant Jeroni, can be reached by funicular (price included in combination ticket) from the Romanesque monastery of Santa Cecilia. From Sant Jeroni, almost all of Catalonia can be seen. You can see more about this monastery soon on my Monistrol de Montserrat page.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing views, deep history, a must see for religious folk.
  • Cons:You need to devote a whole day to visit.
  • In a nutshell:Attempting to build the monastary close to heaven, they built it in heaven itself!
  • Last visit to Monistrol de Montserrat: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 3, 2004
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  • Goner's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Thanks for the great tips - the website doesn't work any more however.

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2005 at 11:09 AM

    Hello Andrew! Excellent page on Montserrat. I was there with my friend some years ago. She had bad cold and it was raining hard but still we found the place most impressive. Greetings from Finland, Sini

  • advantix's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2005 at 1:00 PM

    good pix, good story

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2005 at 2:56 AM

    great infos and excellent pics, Drew ! .....I have been in Montserrat such a long time ago and it is great to see everything is still the way I remember it !

  • MEdelmann's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 9:05 AM

    Looks like a very nice place, I will have to think about it ... thanks for the tip, Drew.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2005 at 8:59 PM

    awesome intro same here..long time ago, but have fond memories fantastic page, tks for jogging my memos


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