The beauty of Montserrat, one of the symbols of Catalonia

Who travels to Barcelona You should not only wear street clothes to visit one of the best cities in the world. It is important to be prepared for something more, for an adventure in the mountains like the one that involves visiting Montserrat, whose charm is enjoyed throughout its 50 square kilometers.

Its highest point, which is 1,236 meters high, is not usually the goal of those who visit Montserrat. It is beautiful to see it from below, since it has a very peculiar shape that has earned it the nickname of «the mountain of a hundred summits«.

A benchmark in many ways

Montserrat is also a natural park that has become a cultural and religious symbol of Catalonia. Religious because there is the Virgin of Montserrat, who is also known as La Moreneta and it is in full view of everyone in the monastery. Pope Leo XIII declared her as patron saint of the dioceses of Catalonia in 1881, and it is so important that she even has her own public holiday: April 27.

In the same way that the facade is spectacular, the interior of Montserrat is also worth photographing. More than anything for its famous underground cavities, of which the Salnitre caves and the Cold Cave of Collbató.

Another chapter that deserves separate mention is that of its flora and fauna. In Montserrat, wherever you move, you will see endemic plants and animals such as wild boars, vipers, wild goats, Bonelli's eagles, hawks, squirrels, marten ... It is a perfect place to enjoy the natureAnd the best thing of all is that from Barcelona capital you arrive in an hour by car and in less than two hours by public transport.

Gastronomy of the area

After taking a walk around Montserrat you will be tired, so I recommend you regain strength by digging your teeth into the famous he killed from Montserrat (Montserrat cheese), which is still made by hand in a village in the Bages region called Marganell.

Said cottage cheese is wonderful, but it is not the only one. You should also try the Collbató sweets and the traditional artisan cocas from Monistrol

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