One of the most iconic and mythical transports in Catalonia is undoubtedly the Montserrat Rack Railway, one of the only two trains with this mechanism in Catalonia that brings us closer to one of the referents of the popular imagination and a mandatory visit, at least once in the life, the Sanctuary of Montserrat. A train steeped in history that dates back to the end of the 19th century, when the engineer Joaquim Carreras, in love with Swiss trains, and the businessman José M. González set out to build what would become the most popular railway in the country. allowing the arrival of a greater number of pilgrims to the Sanctuary. In 2003, after an interruption in the operation of the Rack Railway for decades, the dream of putting it back into operation came true.
The route lasts about 5 kilometers, starting from Monistrol de Montserrat, up to the Sanctuary, climbing more than 600 meters of unevenness. Once at the top, the San Juan and Santa Cueva funiculars will allow us to extend our visit. The first will take us up to 1000 meters of altitude, offering us unique bird's-eye views of the Sanctuary and of the Anoia, while the second will transport us to the cave where, according to legend, the image of the Moreneta was found.
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The cultural and natural landscape of the Montserrat Mountain Natural Park is undoubtedly one of the most symbolic of our land. Apart from the pilgrims who visit the Sanctuary, there is a great and varied complementary offer for sports, culture and nature lovers alike.
Hiking and climbing:
Because of its beauty and uniqueness, Montserrat is a reference destination for practicing sports. Thanks to the large number of routes, itineraries and trails of different lengths, they will be able to enjoy the landscape while practicing sports. And for those who are more adventurous, the San Juan Funicular will bring you closer to the starting point of several via ferratas and climbing routes to reach the summit of some of the most characteristic peaks.
Interpretation Center of the Geopark and Natural Park:
If you are nature lovers and want to know the landscape in more detail, you cannot miss this exhibition dedicated to the geological characteristics of the mountain, as well as the native flora and fauna, located in the upper station of the San Juan Funicular.
Montserrat Audiovisual Space:
In a very experiential and dynamic way thanks to audiovisuals, this new space will bring you closer to the complexity of Montserrat and will help you understand the relationship that extends between the mountain, the monastery and the sanctuary, responding to the main questions of the pilgrims and visitors.
Exhibition of rolling stock:
For those curious about the history of the Rack Railway, in the old Monistrol-Vila station you will find a sample about the history of this mythical train through photographs, anecdotes and audiovisuals.
With more than 1,300 pieces in its permanent collection, the Museum of Montserrat is more than an exhibition of sacred art, it is in itself a journey into the history of art. With six collections, we will be able to travel from ancient Egypt, with the Archeology of the Biblical East collection, passing through the Baroque with pieces from great international references such as Caravaggio or El Greco, and reaching modernism, with the collection of great Catalan and Catalan reference masters. French.