Practical information to visit the monastery of Monserrat in Barcelona

Monserrat Monastery near Barcelona

There is no doubt that the most visited monument in the surroundings of Barcelona is the monserrat monastery, with more than 2.5 million tourists a year.

And if you have not yet visited this sanctuary, it will be easy for you to understand the reason when you arrive at the spectacular enclave of natural Park where it is located.

It is only worth doing the excursion to know the Monserrat massif with its imposing rocky spiers, on one of whose slopes the monastery rests.

Aerial cable car of the monastery of Monserrat near Barcelona

The history of this sanctuary goes back to the ninth century with the creation of a small hermitage, but since 1409 the monserrat monastery It became an independent abbey, and in later centuries it became an important cultural center.

The current monastery complex was rebuilt from 1844, as the passage of Napoleonic troops left it destroyed, although the facade of the Sanctuary is from the last decade of the 70s.

For its part, the Virgin of Monserrat, popularly known as the brunette, is Patroness of Catalonia since 1881.

At present the monastery is run by a community of Benedictine monks that follow the traditional St. Benedict's Rule.

For get to the monastery of Monserrat You have the option of going by car, but in practice you should leave it in the parking lot in Monistrol, village at the foot of the Monserrat massif.

Zipper train of Monserrat monastery near Barcelona

But to Monserrat you can get on the train from Barcelona, which takes you to the aforementioned Monistrol, and then climb on rack train or in the Aerial cable car.

Here you can buy the ticket Monserrat Express, a combined service from Barcelona of the commuter train and the rack railway that takes you to the monastery.

Monserrat monastery opening hours

In you excursion to Monserrat You have several possible visits.

Of course the Basilica where the popular monereta; but you can also visit the Monserrat Museum or the Audiovisual Space.

Monserrat Monastery near Barcelona

Thevisiting hours of the Basilica of Monserrat They are every day of the week, from 7.30 in the morning until 8 in the afternoon.

If you want visit the Dressing room of the Virgin of Monserrat, the access times are from 8 am to 10.30 am in the morning, and from 12 am to 6.15 pm.

In summer, from July 17 to September 30, the Dressing room You can also visit between 7.30pm and 8pm.

For your visit, you should know that every day of the year there is a Mass at 11 am, and that the children of the Escolanía de Monserrat sing the hail and theVirolai at 13 hours from Monday to Friday.

Monserrat Monastery near Barcelona

Schedules Monserrat Museum

For their part, the Monserrat Museum schedules they are, from Monday to Friday, from 10 to 17.45 hours, and on weekends and holidays, from 10 to 18.45 hours.

At Monserrat Museum You will see various collections of works of art from all eras, from an Egyptian sarcophagus to paintings of the twentieth century.

With more than 1,700 works exhibited, the museum highlights the impressionist paintings of French artists such asMonet, Sisley, Of gas or Pissarro, as well as the Catalan painting collection with works by Dalí, Fortuny, Rusiñol or Anglada Camarasa.

He Ticket price of the Monserrat Museum It is 7 euros for adults, 6 euros for retirees, and 4 euros for children from 8 to 16 years.

Castellet in the monastery of Monserrat

Monserrat Audiovisual Schedules

Also during your visit you can see the Monserrat Audiovisual in which, through a multimedia presentation, the three fundamental axes of this enclave, the mountain, the monastery and the sanctuary are shown.

The Monserrat Audiovisual schedules they are, from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 17.45 hours, and on weekends and holidays, from 9 to 18.45 hours.

He price of admission to see this multimedia presentation is 5 euros, with reduced rate for retirees (4 euros) and children from 8 to 16 years (3 euros).

Footpath up to the monastery of Monserrat

Monserrat guided tour and visit

If instead of going on your own you prefer to sign up for a Monserrat tour with guide in Spanish, you have several options.

With a duration of five hours, you have the Tour to Monserrat by rack railwayWell, from Barcelona you will go by bus with air conditioning and then you will get on the monastery on that train.

During the guided tour in Spanish you will enter the Basilica to see the brunette, and you will also see the Monserrat Audiovisual.

You also have the option of Tour Monserrat + Sagrada Familia in Spanish, so that during the afternoon you will visit Gaudí's great masterpiece, including the ascent to one of its towers.

Another alternative is the sunrise to Monserrat at sunrise, during which following the legend that there is the Holy Grail, you will make one guided tour in Spanish from all over the enclave and you will visit the Monserrat Museum.

Video: Barcelona: Visit to Monserrat (December 2019).