Driving from Girona to Valencia we stopped to see the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat. Monserrat is a working abbey that houses 100 monks. The abbey is a popular day trip from Barcelona. It was bustling with pilgrims and tourists when we arrived in October of 2015.
Part of the appeal of the Montserrat is getting there. Montserrat, which means serrated mountain, is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands. The abbey itself is nestled in a drainage at the bottom of rocky crag. Visitors have multiple options for getting up the hill. You can use the funicular, ride the cable car, hike up the old road, or drive up the winding road as we did.
Once at the top the view is impressive. There’s also an interesting basilica, the shrine of the Virgin of Monterrat, and a museum which houses works El Greco, Dalí, Picasso and more. There’s more than enough to warrant a day trip.