There are few things better than going on a really beautiful hike, but the location can make a huge difference in how memorable the experience will be. Montserrat mountain is the ideal place for a trek, striking a perfect balance of beauty with a rich history. Its unique geological structure was formed over the past millions of years and is one of Europe’s most remarkable natural sights.
A site of religious pilgrimage
The mountain, just northwest of Barcelona, brings around two million visitors each year on religious pilgrimage. Even if you are not religious, Montserrat is one place where a spiritual revelation of some kind is almost guaranteed. As the beating heart of Catalonia, it is just that special.
Over a thousand years ago, hermit monks walked the same paths that crisscross up the mountain today. When stepping on the mountain, you can feel the history in the air and the soil. Each path leads to a natural or historical wonder with views to satisfy any explorer. Head to the peak of Sant Jeroni, where you can see Spain glimmering in the sun in all directions. Or check out the Monastery, originally built in 1025, and then rebuilt in 1858, after Napoleon’s army burnt it down at the turn of the 17th Century.
Hiking on Montserrat Mountain
The wide varieties of stunning paths on Montserrat Mountain vary in length and difficulty. This makes it perfect for any traveler, whatever their hiking skill level. With numerous sets of steep rock stairs and paths that scale the side of the mountain, experienced hikers will find a challenge, while for new adventurers there are numerous short, shaded paths that encourage meditation, without working up too much of a sweat.
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