Montserrat, Spain

After Chelsea and I spent a few days in Zaragoza, we made it to Barcelona, Spain. With a few days in Barcelona, we decided to get up early and take a train to the mountain of Montserrat. As we walked out of the train station, the mountain towered over us and a line of people stand and wait to take the cable car up to the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. After eating our way through Zaragoza, Chelsea and I were up for the challenge to avoid the cable car line and hike up to the monastery. A guide pointed us down the road to a small trailhead to start our climb and off we went. The hike took us a little over 2 hours to complete and was well worth the effort. The view from the top was stunning and the monastery village protruded out of the mountain cliffs. After spending a few hours checking out the monastery and eating a hearty lunch of granola, sandwiches, and ice cream we made our way back down to the train station to catch a late train back to Barcelona. 

The train station and the cable car that ascends the mountain of Montserrat.

The train station and the cable car that ascends the mountain of Montserrat.

Trailhead markers leading the way to the top of Montserrat.

Trailhead markers leading the way to the top of Montserrat.

Chelsea begins her hike to the top of Montserrat.

Chelsea begins her hike to the top of Montserrat.

The terrain was loose rock and steep inclines. 

The terrain was loose rock and steep inclines. 

A view of the valley below as we climbed higher up the mountain. 

A view of the valley below as we climbed higher up the mountain. 

The final ascent was straight up!

The final ascent was straight up!

The cable car passes us as we make our final push to the top of Montserrat.

The cable car passes us as we make our final push to the top of Montserrat.

The Abbey of Monserrat built in to the mountains.

The Abbey of Monserrat built in to the mountains.

The Santa Maria de Montserrat had beautifully carves statues of saints towering over everyone that passes through the corridor.

The Santa Maria de Montserrat had beautifully carves statues of saints towering over everyone that passes through the corridor.

The village of Montserrat tucked into the mountains.

The village of Montserrat tucked into the mountains.

Valley of Montserrat.

Valley of Montserrat.