It wasn’t much of a walk — 40 minutes, mostly uphill, and then 20 minutes back, mostly downhill. But my hike from the monastery to St Michael’s Cross was the highlight of the four hours we spent on Montserrat last October. Here are some of the photos I took on that hike.
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I took these shots on the way back to the monastery:
See here for info on all of the trails to explore on Montserrat. One of the trails near the funicular station goes all the way to St Jerome, the mountain’s highest peak. There’s another trail that starts at the base of the mountain near the town of Monistrol and goes almost all the way to the top. When you visit the monastery be sure to drop by the Tourist Information office to pick up a copy of their map that points out the major trails. I would have liked to ride the St Joan funicular up to the top and then walk down past the monastery to the chapel at Santa Cova and then take the Santa Cova funicular back up to the monastery. But we only had four hours and both of us wanted to attend the Boys Choir performance at 1pm.
We enjoyed our day-long bus trip that included the tour of Colonia Guell but I would have preferred spending a few more hours at Montserrat. We left Barcelona at 8:30am but didn’t arrive at the monastery until noon.