Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range located 45 km northwest of Barcelona and is approximately 1,200 metres high. From the top, you can experience a view far into the landscape of Catalonia and is also home to the Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey, several caves, the municipality of Monistrol de Montserrat, and Santa Cova—a shrine and chapel lower on the mountain from the main abbey. Montserrat is known as the spiritual retreat destination of Catalonia.
While on the mountain itself, there are a number of great attractions and beautiful vistas to take in while venturing up to the most striking landmark on the road inland from Barcelona. Montserrat has naturally formed rock pillars littered along your route to the top, and the rack railway up the mountain provides plenty of fantastic views of this varied landscape.