As well as exploring the beautiful city of Barcelona during my holiday in Spain, I also loved taking a day trip out to Montserrat - a mountain range and Spain’s first national park with a monastery nestled high amid the mountains. The natural rock formations were stunning, with a huge variety of smooth and jagged rock faces surrounded by miles and miles of vivid greenery.
Close to the monastery was the famous “Stairway to Heaven” - a striking spiral arrangement of large blocks in a seemingly precarious position. Unfortunately it’s beauty is slightly ruined by the metal barrier surrounding it to prevent people from posing for awesome (but extremely dangerous!) photos at the top step like this!
Looking around the monastery was loads of fun (I loved the contrast between the modern organ and the old, ornate building), but the best bit had to be exploring the mountain range. It was a fair amount of walking but the panoramic views were breathtaking - I’d definitely recommend making an effort to break away from the rush of tourists at the monastery to admire the natural beauty of Montserrat for yourself! Having taken the funicular railway up to Sant Joan, we followed the main rout then broke off up a rocky staircase to get to the highest point within easy access - it was a little challenging but an awful lot of fun!
Montserrat was the perfect location to whip out my camera too, so here are a few of my favourite photos…
So if you’re ever in Barcelona it’s 100% worth a visit to Montserrat. It’s not too far to travel and gives a brilliant little break from the city to instead be surrounded by nature. Alternatively, if you don’t want to stray too far from the city but still want to be a little immersed in nature, then I’d suggest heading to Park Güell instead (mentioned in this post).
Hope you liked all of the photos and let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear about your favourite national parks, or your experience if you’ve ever been to Montserrat.