One of the most incredible places I’ve been. That sentence really hyped Monserrat up, I know. Any description of the place just does not do it justice.
I spend an afternoon here last Sunday. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, a small church in the mountains maybe? I wasn’t annoyed I was so wrong. It was incredible.
The views are spectacular. It takes a good hour to get there from Barcelona (Plaça Espanya) but it’s so worth it. It’s not just a church, it’s more like a village high in the mountains. Don’t ask me how the people living in the monastery dealt with this.
When I arrived, there were local traditional dancing groups (of some kind, I really don’t know sorry!) performing on the square. It was fun to watch, especially the traditional outfits.
I then took the funicular up to Sant Joan (not for those afraid of heights). From here, the view is amazing. There are small buildings at other peaks that you can walk to. You can see far all around. Im disappointed I didn’t hike up (reviews didn’t encourage it). I hiked down though, and now I can’t wait to go back.
Bring water, sun cream, good shoes. And explore. Monserrat is well known but for new, it is a hidden gem; no one recommended it to me at all before I came. Most people stick to the small village but there were abundant hikers and cyclists that braved the peaks. I’ll be back to hike. Do. Not. Miss.