Just outside of the lively energy of Barcelona lie the mountains of Montserrat. Which is enough of a view. But then! A little more than half way up the mountain is home to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria del Montserrat. It’s quite unexpected and makes for one amazing day trip, that’s for sure.
The grounds surrounding the abbey wrap around the cliffs with a million gorgeous view points up and down and left and right. If you weren’t interested in the view, there was enough to fill a day around the grounds. They were prepared for visitors. Two restaurants, two multi-level, full-blown cafeterias, a bar, a supermarket and then the cute little market with local cheeses and honeys. No one was going hungry on that mountain.
We meandered through the abbey’s passageways and fell in love with all of her arches.
When it was time to head back down the mountain, we opted for the funicular option again versus the gondola, thinking it would involve less stomach-in-your-throat action. On the way up, we were in total awe. On the way down, we were fully aware of how far up we were and how rockily close we were to the edge of every cliff. Fully aware. I bonded with the elderly lady across from us. Fast friends, I tell ya.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the chatting..
Have you been to Montserrat? Have any photos to share? I’d love to see ‘em!