If we speak about mountains in Catalonia there’s always one name that always appears, and that’s Montserrat Royal Basilica. This striking mountain is not far from Barcelona, about 50 km North-West from the capital, so it’s easy to reach this famous mountain.
Even if it’s the most famous mountain due to that striking shape, not many things are known about Montserrat, so today we will tell you some interesting facts about the mountain.
Montserrat Royal Basilica and Your Day Trip From Barcelona
As mentioned, the shape of the mountain is very striking and easy to recognize, and the name Montserrat means saw (serrated) in catalan, a clear reference to the shape of this mountain. Also, the Caribbean island of Montserrat is named after the mountain.
Montserrat was the very first national park of Spain. The highest peak of the mountain is Sant Jordani with about 1,236 m high. The shape of the rocks is also very interesting for many visitors, and it’s composed of a conglomerate which is a type of sedimentary rock. So that’s something you have to look for in your next Montserrat tour.
Not only you can find a wonderful nature in Montserrat. There is the Santa Maria de Montserrat benedictine abbey which hosts the sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat. The building itself is impressive, but the way it blends with that stunning landscape it’s what makes it special, so it’s a must stop in your visit to Montserrat.
During your visit in the monastery one of the most Interesting places for visit will be the Montserrat famous basilica where you can enjoy a recital of the L´escolania of the oldest children’s choirs in Europe (if they are giving a recital) you can also visit insade the basilica the famous Mureneta (Black Madonna), the one that is in the basilica is the real one, becuase insade the monastery of Montserrat you can take a route to visit the Holy Cave where the legend tells that the famous virgin was found, but in this place there is a replica and it is not the original one, anyway it is a nice walk through which you will discover many Sculptures of the famous Catalan artists.
In terms of transportation. One can reach the mountain with train and also by car, which gives you more freedom. There’s a cable car in the mountain, that allows you to have some wonderful views.
As you can see, Montserrat is a very interesting stop for your next holidays, so if you want to discover the best sights of this wonderful location book a Montserrat tour with Barcelona Exclusive Private Tours and enjoy the best of the most famous mountain of Catalonia.
If you would like more information of Montserrat please follow this link History of Montserrat: From the beginning to the present