Q: In March we are visiting Barcelona and would like to take a day trip to Montserrat for a hiking day tour and to experience countryside and nature along with some time visiting the Monastery. What are the options for transport and do you have some information on hiking or walking in Montserrat.
A: You have a number of options. First, if you want to ride a train from Barcelona to Montserrat you can visit our page Barcelona To Montserrat by Train. This page also includes 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.
|Montserrat Monastery near Barcelona|
Once in Montserrat you can start your walking journey around the Monastery and Montserrat mountain. For more information see our page Walking Routes Around Montserrat Mountain and The Monastery. Here we have information about the main walking routes from the Monastery to other locations on Montserrat mountain. The description of the walk, length and estimated walking time, directions, difficulty of walk and additional advice.
Another activity you could do is climbing in Montserrat. However, there are no climbing facilities at the Monastery itself. There is a nearby town El Bruc that has a climbing company called La Sargantana who will provide lessons and equipment. We also have a page about Climbing in Montserrat. This page has information about where it is possible to climb Montserrat mountain and links to climbing facilities for Montserrat.
Aside from activities mentioned above. There are some organized tours that offer hiking in Montserrat.
1) Transportation in a modern minibus, multilingual guide, rack railway ticket, guided visit to the Montserrat Abbey, one-hour trek around Montserrat Mountain.
2) Professional local guide, round trip transportation by private vehicle, 4-hour hike through the natural park, admission to Montserrat, funicular up to St. Joan, energy snack, picnic lunch, 1 liter of water, small group tours maximum 8 people and accident insurance.