Sant Joan Funicular Railway offers a unique experience with the best panoramic bird’s-eye views of the mountain and the Monastery.
This funicular offers a spectacular panoramic view of Montserrat Mountain, 1,000 m above sea level. The viewpoint offers a bird’s-eye view of the monastery as well as spectacular views of the surrounding area and the Pyrenees.
The new viewpoint is presented in the summer season 2020. Located in the upper station of the funicular itself and about 1,000 meters above sea level, it allows a perfect observation of the mountain and has an interpretation center of the Geopark of the Central Catalonia and the Montserrat Mountain Natural Park. This space shows the history of the characteristic mountain of Montserrat, as well as its climatic conditions, fauna and flora.
At the top of the mountain, from Pla de les Taràntules, it is interesting to do day trips or walks that are signposted along the way, with different difficulty levels and length, to suit everyone. For more information, you can consult all routes and walks that can be done at Montserrat.
Sant Joan funicular railway was opened in 1918 and was built to connect the outside of the monastery with Sant Joan Chapel, which is on the top of the mountain, where there is also a viewpoint. In 1997 the infrastructure was modernised and the funiculars had new panoramic vehicles installed, for visitors to fully enjoy the journey.
This space shows the history of the characteristic mountain of Montserrat, as well as its climatic conditions and the variety of the native flora and fauna. The peculiar geology of Montserrat, the morphological characteristics, the hidden treasure of its caves and all its riches are explained.
Located in the upper station of the funicular itself and at an altitude of about 1.000 meters, it allows a perfect observation of the mountain.
The best views of the mountain and the surrounding area are, without a doubt, from the highest summit: Sant Jeroni (1,236 m). On the right side of Sant Joan station, at the top, is the path that leads to the summit. To get to the monastery, visitors have to go down Els Pobres steps. Duration: 2.5 h from the top Joan funicular station.
A trip that leads to a viewpoint, which 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 funicular station Sant Joan is in Pla de les Taràntules. Duration: 20 min. approx.
From Pla de les Taràntules, to the top Sant Joan funicular station, you can visit the chapels of Sant Joan and Sant Onofre, which are being restored.
These two chapels were built at the beginning of the year 1,000 AD, when Montserrat became religious. They were in a very bad condition, especially the part of Sant Joan that used to be a dining area at the beginning of the twenty-first century and fell into disuse in the 1970s.
The project to build infrastructure in the area round the chapels of Sant Joan and Sant Onofre is designed to be circular. The route will also include the access to Santa Magdalena Chapel, which is higher up and very near the other two chapels. Duration: 25 min. approx.