I saw this beautiful place on Instagram and knew I had to visit while in Barcelona. There are many companies that travel to this destination, I went with Viator on an early morning access tour. Pick up time was 6:45am from Barcelona city centre but when you arrive at a "touristy" place and there are no tourist to block your view its an amazing feeling. This was only half a day trip and we returned to Barcelona by 1pm. This was still plenty of time to explore and experience everything Montserrat has to offer.
The tour begins with a visit to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, this is an incredible church with impressive gothic architecture. You're unable to go into some of this building as monks live there. The church inside had beautifully coloured stainglass windows, also we saw the "virgin mary" which is a worshiped statue for Catalonia people so its a privilege to see this statue upclose. Unfortunately I couldn't get many photos of this building as my memory card in my camera decided to develop a glitch. Gotta love technology aye! This was the one time I didn't bring my camera bag from the coach, so I had to run back to get another memory card!
We had 2 hours to explore, there is loads of options to choose from, you could sit in the cafe and enjoy a drink although in my opinion in a beautiful place like this you shouldn't be sitting in a cafe. If you wanted to go up the mountain you could either hike up or catch a gondaia "thingy". At the top there is several hikes to choose from, I could of taken the easy option but I decided to do the hike which took 1 hour and a half. The views at the top were amazing. Although in 30 degree heat hiking started to feel exhausting quickly but I powered through and kept going because the views were too great to miss!
This day trip gave me the opportunity to test out my new Joby camera stand, its perfect for travelling solo because the stand can bend around objects and adjust in awkward positions. Sometimes when you visit somewhere and there aren't many people around, it can be difficult to get a photo of yourself that isn't a selfie!
After I finished hiking for a few hours in the sun I decided to head back down the mountain to explore a little more. I was considering grabbing a drink and relaxing in the cafe, but naturally I decided to make the most of my time and look around. There is a museum that was meant to be incredible but I didn't have enough time to do this. One thing I knew I wanted to see on this trip was this square stacked statue, from the photos I saw people were climbing to the top and getting an amazing shot. I was very disappointed to find out that a fence had been put up to ensure tourist don't risk their life for a great photo! Despite the bright orange sign and fencing its still is an amazing view.