Spain On The Brain: Montserrat Edition

Montserrat |
Planning to go to Barcelona? Add Montserrat at least as a day trip! 

Montserrat is a place I had never heard about prior to going to Spain. I was still quite sick when I was exploring Barcelona because I had a lung infection but I wanted something interesting to do. I was getting bored and needed adventure. I had done a day trip to Toledo and heard about Montserrat, so I made an executive decision and did a day trip there.

Montserrat is about an hour and a bit away by train and if I recall correctly I paid about 20 odd Euros for a return ticket. I decided before I arrived to take the cable car up to the monastery. There is an option to take the Cremillera or rack rail to the monastery but I thought I would get some aerial views of the area. I missed my originally scheduled train because my American credit cards and debit cards do not have chips in them. Instead of using the automated ticket machines I had to go to a ticket booth with a ticket vendor. This took up some time since I didn’t realize this was the problem and missed my train by a couple of minutes. I then missed the Benedictine boys’ choir that sings at the monastery. I heard they are angelic and amazing and I’m quite disappointed I missed them. I guess I’ll have to go back! (*US credit and debit cards suck!)

If you have a chance and have time while in Barcelona, I really recommend going. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the stunning views and atmosphere here. You can even hike around the mountains there if you’re into hiking. I do not practice any faith but my late mother was very Catholic so when I was in Montserrat I did go to the famous Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, which is home to the famous Black Madonna statue. I lined up to see it close up and I lit candles and prayed for my mother. European churches are like no other and quite awe-inspiring.

Here are just a handful of photos from my Montserrat trip:


View from the train ride


View from the aerial tramway


Gorgeous light everywhere, magical really


Funicular, I love that word








Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey

Abbey view from behind where the priest stands

stained glass

Gorgeous stained glass

Candles for my Mom

I lit candles for my late Mama

Montserrat wedding

I witnessed a wedding!

Black Madonna

Santa Maria de Montserrat or the Black Madonna

Montserrat selfie

Selfie time!

Tips for Montserrat:
  • You can hire a car to get to Montserrat but I loved the short train journey. It is only about an hour and a bit each way. Take the train from Plaça D’Espanya in Barcelona to Montserrat by taking the FGC train in the direction of Manresa
  • You can choose to either take the Aeri de Montserrat or aerial tramway or take the Cremillara. I’m a little bit foggy about how I got back to the station but I am pretty sure I took the funicular down as I didn’t have proper footwear for a hike. I did some walking around the area but not as much as I’d like to. I am definitely keen on going back, staying around the area, and hike.


Montserrat - An easy day trip from Barcelona |


Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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