Out & About: Montserrat
Have you ever been to Montserrat?
What a view! Listed as a ‘not to be missed’ we were lucky enough to visit the Montserrat Monastery on Day 2 of our tour of Spain. At 1236 meters (4055 ft) above the valley floor, you have spectacular mountain views of Catalunya. It’s a very popular destination for both Catalans, and Catholic pilgrims who travel from far and wide to see the Black Madonna, patron saint of Catalonia. (The long queue definately paid tribute to this!)
As we walked up to the monastery we were greet by small market stalls selling local food products – cheeses and wines to name a few. And yes, I grabbed a couple of bottles to bring home! (Here started our shopping frenzy!)
We spent most of our time walking around the monastery taking photos and creating footage but were told that if you enjoy walking around there are also some interesting walks through the mountains where you can experience amazing views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. Be sure to wear sensible shoes!
We were also told that one of the regular ‘must catch whilst there’ is the L’Escolania Boys’ Choir of sopranos and altos which is based at the Benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat. Apparently they sing every day at midday in the Basilica of Montserrat so if you’re headed there make sure you schedule your plans around this. On Saturdays, the monks sing!
Montserrat is situated approx 30 miles away from Barcelona.
Thanks to our trip sponsor Codorniu for making this opportunity possible!