The mountain of Montserrat at about fifty kilometers northwest of Barcelona is for many a holy place. A legend tells of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Since then there has been a monastery.
This mountain in Catalonia is also a natural phenomenon. It consists of sand and limestone and you can find more than 1,500 varieties of plants. The highest peak is 1236 meters. However, most tourists go there for the monastery, the churches, the museum and the image of the "Black Madonna".
An excursion to Montserrat is worth doing and can be combined with a visit to Barcelona. First go to Montserrat and explore Barcelona on the way back. The monastery is situated at about 750 meters altitude. From the train station in Montserrat, you can take a cable car or funicular.
You can make this shore excursion on your own or join an organized tour.
Popular ports for an excursion to Montserrat are: