Sunday, October 04, 2015

Montserrat: Short, Sweet and Magical Part 1

When I first visited Barcelona in 2009, I vaguely remember reading up about Montserrat(serrated mountain). It wasn't in my list of must-see's to be honest. I was intent on taking in the sights of Barcelona and if time permitted nearby seaside town of Girona was next in my list. Sadly, that did not materialize either.

In the time between the first visit and the planning of the second visit, I was bombarded with images of Montserrat from blogs that I read and follow and so this beautiful mountain spot 1.5 hours from Barcelona was in my list of must sees the second time around.

From Placa Catalunya station, we traveled by train about 1.5 hours to the foot of the mountain, where we stopped to take the railway up to the mountains. From the Monistrol stop one can choose to ascent via cable car or the funicular/railway. We chose the latter. As the railway rose up the mountains, we passed by spectacular scenery of villages in the valley floor and rocky serrated mountain.

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Shooting from the train, scene from rural Spain.

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Monistrol station.

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The village below

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Rocky heights

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Enjoying the sights.

THE GROUNDS

Aside from Montserrat's religious significance, its natural beauty alone is reason to visit. Breathtaking beauty surrounds you as you look out to the mountain or to the valley below.

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OUR WORLD TUESDAY

27 comments:

  1. Okay! So if/when Astrid and I go back to Barcelona (we both have been there but not together), we will definitely put this side trip on the list!!! Thanks for the heads-up.

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  2. Beautiful pics! The ones of the rocks remind me of the American Southwest - very similar landscapes.

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  3. It looks amazing. Next time I visit Barcelona..............

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  4. Amazing indeed and superb captures!! Thanks for sharing!! I wish I had learned of this place years ago when I lived in Spain!! Have a great new week!!

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  5. Oh, wow … it looks like a spectacular side trip. I have not been to Barcelona but have heard from those who have that it truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world because of its sandy soft beaches, vibrant culture and fantastical architecture.

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  6. Great weather to travel in ~ beautiful!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  7. What an amazing mountain, so beautiful. That railroad looks like a cog railway, like the one that goes up our local Pikes Peak.

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  8. Beautiful scenes, well photographed. Those mountains are spectacular.

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  9. Your photos are gorgeous! When I visited Barcelona for the first time, I didn't know about this place either. I am going again in two weeks and am looking forward to pay a visit.

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  10. Great mountains. I've been to Barcelona twice now, but haven't made it out to Monserrat. Maybe we need to make an effort should be get back to Spain.

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  11. Great mountains. I've been to Barcelona twice now, but haven't made it out to Monserrat. Maybe we need to make an effort should be get back to Spain.

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  12. I opted for Girona on our day out of the city and it was beautiful, but I would have loved enough time for Monserrat too. Maybe someday... :)

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  13. You just found me another place to visit. Your photographs are wonderful and a great advert for Montserrat.

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  14. You just found me another place to visit. Your photographs are wonderful and a great advert for Montserrat.

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  15. Beautiful set of images. The location is amazing.

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  16. Hi! The buildings surrounded by the rocky mountain are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Hi! The buildings surrounded by the rocky mountain are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Oh my gosh! those rocks are so enticing!

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  19. What wonderful photographs
    . I could see faces and people in those rocks.
    I have visited Barcelona on a day trip from a beautiful
    holiday resort called Tossa del Mar, that is surrounded by beautiful mountains.
    I love The Costa Brava, one of my favourite parts of Spain.

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  20. Wow, that's indeed beautiful most especially because you don't have to hike to reach it! LOL I've never been to Spain. If the Schengen visa were not so hard to get, I would have visited it by now. Barcelona is love! Gaudi!!!

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  21. that is some quite impressive mountains guarding the town. Maybe it shields from strong winds :)

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  22. Amazing post :) Lovely images:)

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  23. The rock formations make Montserrat unique!

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  24. Ah! that was on our must-see list when we were in BCN, to do a day trip on that. ^0^
    But we ran out of time as always,
    the mountains are just out of this world!

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