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.
At Sant Joan station at the top you can visit Aula de Natura (the Nature Centre) where you will find information on the history of the mountain, its climate, flora and fauna.
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.
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.
Montserrat is a unique wonder in Catalonia and in the world, a place that is most singular and of unrivalled beauty.
We recommend you to visit this exhibition, located in the top station of the Sant Joan funicular railway. This is an exhibition that brings you closer to the secrets of the Montserrat Mountain. There you will find information about its history, its unusual geology, the hidden treasures of its caves, its climate, and details about the wealth and variety of its native flora and fauna.
You will learn too about the history of its early settlers, the remarkable hermits’ lives at Montserrat intimately linked to the spiritual life of the mountain and to the history of the Sanctuary, from its foundation to the present day.
You will also find detailed information about the Virgin of Montserrat, known as la Moreneta (the black virgin), the legends of her discovery, the story of and reasons for her characteristic black features, and also about the Virolai, otherwise known as the “April rose”, a hymn with words by Monsignor Jacint Verdaguer and music by Josep Rodoreda that was dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat on the occasion of the millennium celebrations of Montserrat in 1880, as well as the history of the Escolania, one of the oldest and best known music schools in Europe.