This route takes the visitor to the most significant areas and monuments of Montserrat Sanctuary. It is the route that all people must do if they want to discover the heart of Montserrat. It takes them to the basilica where you will be able to venerate Mare de Déu; past sculptures and architectural remains that will tell you about the history of Montserrat.
This route offers a first contact with Montserrat Mountain. The paths are very near the sanctuary and are easy to walk; there is just a stretch that climbs up, which has to be climbed in order to enjoy the magnificent views of the monastery and the mountain. It is the path that pilgrims used to use to get to Montserrat.
A winding route, that leads to splendid panoramic views, with monuments at the sides that represent the mysteries of the Rosary. They belong to the most important group of outdoor Modernist sculptures in Catalonia. Santa Cova finishes at the cave chapel against the rock, where according to the legend some shepherds found the image of Mare de Déu de Montserrat. It is an easy route but the last stretch is quite steep coming back, but it can be avoided if you take Santa Cova funicular.
The first part of the route is a walk round that shows the different buildings of the monastery. Then it carries on down a shady path with a wide variety of vegetation and leads us to a balcony in the rock, which has been shaped by dripping water. There are monuments that are dedicated to many artists, andmajolica offerings to Mare de Déu. This easy walk leads north and provides a magnificent panoramic view of Pla del Bages and the Pyrenees.
It is a comfortable path, with beautiful views, that leads to a crossroads on Pla de les Taràntules, where the top Sant Joan funicular station is situated. It is about 275 metres higher than the station at the sanctuary. Part of this route follows a stretch of paths GR 5, GR 6, GR 6-1 and GR 172. It is therefore indicated with red and white marks that are usually used for long-distance paths. Duration: 50 min. approx.
On this route visitors head north-west from the sanctuary. The path is indicated with red and white GR 4 and GR 172 routes. It is clear and easy to follow, with some stretches on cement. The ascent is 200 metres, with more than 800 cement steps all along different stretches. Duration: 20 min. approx.
The best views of the mountain and the surrounding area are, without a doubt, from the highest summit: Sant Jeroni (1,236 m). The first stretch of the route is the same as Route 1 and follows the Sant Miquel path to Sant Joan. On the right side of the top Sant Joan station is the path that leads to the summit. To get to the monastery, visitors have to go down Els Pobres steps. Sant Joan funicular railway is an easy way to cover the first stretch of the route. Duration: 3.5 h approx.; or 2.5 h if you take Sant Joan funicular railway.
A trip that leads to a viewpoint that is easy to get to and has excellent views, after walking up a 100 m-long slope. The top funicular station Sant Joan is in Pla de les Taràntules. Duration: 15 min. approx.
Up Jacob's Stairway. A beautiful trip to the remains of Santa Magdalena Chapel, one of the highest parts of the mountain, with an excellent viewpoint. The slope is 150 metres long. The top Sant Joan funicular railway station is in Pla de les Taràntules. Duration: 20 min. approx.
After a first steep section up Els Pobres steps, the route follows gentler paths round some of the chapels, or ruins, in Tebaida (Sant Benet, Santíssima Trinitat, la Santa Creu and Sant Dimes). Duration: 1 hour approx.
The first half of the route is the same as number 6, described above; the second half skirts the impressive northeast faces of the mountain. The whole route is marked out with red and white signs because it coincides with a stretch of the GR 4 and GR 172 paths. There are steep steps up to Pla de la Trinitat and a constant descent to Santa Cecília, situated 250 metres lower. Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes approx