Q: We have read a lot about Montserrat and are interested in visiting when we go to Barcelona. What are the activities we can do in Montserrat near Barcelona? Is Montserrat worth visiting for a whole day?
A: To begin with, the Montserrat Monastery is located 1 hour by train from Barcelona. The Monastery sits on top of a mountain that gives you panoramic views of Catalunya. Because Montserrat is outside of the city and based in the countryside it also offers you a quiet and serene environment. A place where you can just unwind and relax for the whole day. You can take a tour inside the Montserrat Basilica and the museums. You can also follow the walking routes that will take you to other parts of the mountain.
The one complaint that we receive from site visitors about visiting Montserrat is that they wished they had spent more time there. You can spend the whole day at Montserrat so you can take your time exploring the Montserrat Monastery. Alternatively if you don’t have much time on your holiday you could take a half day visit to Montserrat.
You can take a train from Barcelona to go to Montserrat. The train ride from Barcelona to Montserrat will take you 1 hour. You can visit our page Barcelona To Montserrat by Train to learn more about your travel options to Montserrat. This page has information about the different ticket types and options for the cable car (Aeri de Montserrat) or rack railway (Cremallera de Montserrat) up to the top of Montserrat Monastery.
There a lot of activities you can do at Montserrat. Listed below are the tourist attractions you will see in Montserrat. Click on each link to be directed to a detailed page with information about the history, location, opening hours, what you will see and experience for each attraction.
For more information about Montserrat, see our pages below
Guide to the Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia Spain
Montserrat Tourist Guide