Montserrat - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the terrace of the restaurant at the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey on Mount Montserrat in Spain. The picture shows both the abbey and the jagged mountains behind it as well as the stunning views down the valleys.
Montserrat - FURTHER INFORMATION
Montserrat - Montserrat visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Montserrat' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Catalonia.
Montserrrat (serrated / jagged mountains) rises sharply to 1236m from the plains of Catalonia, a little northwest of Barcelona. They are most famous for Montserrat Monastery, the Benedictine Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat which was built on a narrow ledge over half way up the mountain in the 11th century. Montserrat Monastery houses the Black Madonna statue and has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain and a popular tourist attraction.
Most people visit Montserrat and the Benedictine Monastery as a day trip from Barcelona. Aside from the church of Santa María de Montserrat, the mountains are popular for climbing and walking. Several funiculars run up parts of the mountains from the abbey base, offering panoramic views of the whole surrounding area and, on a good day, over the Mediterranean to Mallorca and Ibiza. Paths lead back down Montserrat to the abbey for those wishing to walk. The highest point on Monterrat is the Turo de San Jeronimo, also called Mirador and La Miranda.
08199 Montserrat (Barcelona),
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
By Train: Take a train from Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona followed by the Aeri de Montserrat Cable Car or Cremallera Funicular from Monistrol do Montserrat.
By Car: A2 north from Barcelona past El Bruc and then an 11km road round the mountains to the abbey. Alternatively take the C-55 west at Albera to Monistrol and a road up the mountain.