Before flying to Barcelona I was checking out whether there would be a place nearby I could go for a day trip. And that’s how I found Montserrat.
Montserrat is a gorgeous Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. If you enjoy walking there’s interesting paths through the mountains where you can enjoy amazing views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. You can take a funicular to the top of the mountain from where you can choose a number of different routes.
How to get to Montserrat?
1. Local Train + Funicular Railway: You can take a local R5 train from Plaza España in Barcelona and at the Monistrol de Montserrat station you can change to the funicular railway. Combined tickets can be bought in Plaza España.
2. Local Train + Cable Car: You can take the same local train R5 from Plaza España in Barcelona and get off at Montserrat-Aeri for the cable car ride. The latter combination is shorter with even more amazing views! Combined tickets are also available in Plaza España. As I really wanted to enjoy the view, I chose this option. The combined return ticket for Train + Cable car costed around 20 €.
3. Train + Walk: The cheapest (and healthiest) way of getting to the Montserrat Monastery is hiking there from the village of Monistrol de Montserrat. After taking the already mentioned R5 train from Plaza España in Barcelona, you get off at Monistrol Montserrat. From the village there are several different trails to climb up to the Monsastery.
In the mountains I met this kind and funny girl. She’s originally from China but she was now studying in Barcelona. I asked her to pose in my photo (the very first one on this post) and after that we got to talking. In the end we spend the whole day together. When we came back to Barcelona we even went to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya together.
So, solo traveling doesn’t mean you have to be alone.