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The sanctuary of our Lady of Montserrat is a “must have” on your travel list if you go to Barcelona. Not only because of its historical and religious origins (which date from 1025 and belong to the Benedictine order), but also because of the nature that it’s surrounded by. Since it is inside the park natural of Montserrat. One of the main reasons why this Sanctuary receives 2,5 million of tourists each year is because inside the Sanctuary is the ‘Moreneta’, the sculpture of the Montserrat virgin, who is the patroness of Cataluña. Furthermore, the Sanctuary is only 50 kilometres far away from the centre of Barcelona what makes it a perfect place to spend the day and enjoy the spectacular views from 720 meters above the sea level. In this post you will find our recommendations on How to get to the Montserrat Sanctuary and what to visit.
Everything you need to know to get to the Sanctuary of Montserrat
The sanctuary is in the massif of Montserrat, because it’s in a heavenly place it is very difficlut to access it since there are no roads there. You would have to take one of the two alternatives that the Monistrol village offers.
How can I get there? What type of vehicle should I use?
The only way to go to the sanctuary is from the Monistrol village (is 45 minutes away from Barcelona’s centre), from where you can take a train or a cable car.
The tour in the train starts in the Monistrol station, where it links with the subway line R5 of the line Llobregat-Anoia. Later on, it crosses the Angel tunnel. Afterwards, it crosses another tunnel from where you can see the amazing views of the mountains and then it finally reaches the last station, Montserrat’s station. If you really enjoy traveling by trains we really recommend you the clouds’ tour in Argentina even though it’s a little far away from Europe.
The other option to get to the Sanctuary is by taking the cable car, called ‘Aeri de Montserrat’. The trip is 5 minutes long from where you will be able to see the river Llobregat valley. Additionally, you will be literally above the river, the monistrol village and the sanctuary of the Holy Cave.
In any case, if you do not want to worry about how to travel or if you are traveling without a car we strongly recommend you the tour : Montserrat Cogwheel Train, Tapas & Wine. Where the first section is by bus and the second one by train, in order you do not have to worry about the way you get to the Montserrat Sanctuary.
What is the Price of the tickets?
To go inside the sanctuary is free but if you want to go inside the museum or the Audiovisual the prices are: For the museum it’s 8 euros for adults, 6,50 for retired people and 4 for children from 8 to 16 years. The entry for the Audiovisual are 5,50 euros for adults, 4 euros for retired people and 3 euros for children.
At what time does it open and close?
You can visit the sanctuary any day of the week. They are open from 7:00 am until 20:00. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45 and the weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 18:45. The audiovisual is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:45 and the weekends and holidays from 9:00 to 20:00.
What can I visit there?
Once you are in the sanctuary you will be able to visit ‘The Moreneta’, With the singularity that is one of the few black sculptures of the Virgin. Additionally, you must know that every day of the year there is a mass at 11:00 and the children from the Escolania sing the Salve and the Virolai at 13:00 hours inside the Sanctuary. Furthermore, you can visit the museum and the Holy cave, where it is said that the Montserrat Virgin appeared for the first time.
Furthermore, you can also visit the Montserrat Audiovisual, a very modern space that was made in order to answer the willingness of the thousands of tourists that want to know what this sanctuary and Virgin means. Later on, one of the other activities we recommend you do is a wine tour, that apart from showing you the process of the wine, you will be able to taste three different types of wines and local food.
Our recommendation is to take the trip during the day and that is why we offer you two different tours: one which is a little shorter but includes all the interesting and necessary aspects of the visit and another that has a lunch included in a local winery. However, if you are looking to spend the night in the sanctuary, you can try the Sanctuary itself. It is a trip worth doing and like the popular phrase says: ‘The best education you can receive is by travelling’