Situation : Montserrat Natural Park
Trail running route
- Distance: 9.8 km, acumulated 2.323 m
- Mainly hard ground
- Ligth vegetation with some paths trrough sparsely wooded areas
- Provissioning; 3 complet supplies Km 0, 6, 10
- Sant Joan-Sant Miquel
- Santa Cova
- Natural Park de Montserrat
- Montserrat Sanctuary
* Measures must be taken to protect the environment
Trail running description route
The route begins at the ‘escala dels pobres' (steps of the poor). On our way up, we will pass sections with enormous vertical rocks and observe the monastery from a different perspective until we reach the ruins of the Santa Ana Hermitage. We will then cross the torrent of Santa Maria over a wooden bridge, and go through the French pass. Once we get to the cross paths located at the end of the stairs, we will continue straight on round the large rock called, 'la Panxa del Bisbe' (the Bishop’s Belly) and will arrive at the 'Pla dels Ocells' (The plain of the birds) (1026 m).
We will continue the ascent along a fresh, green path, which is not quite as steep, until we come to the path that leads to the San Jeroni Hermitage, an impressive place near the imposing spires called 'las Magdalenas y Gorras' (the Cupcakes and Caps). To the north, on the other side of the torrent that we followed, is a spectical unique in the world, called the rocks of 'Sant Salvador', the most notable of which are 'la Momia', 'la Prenyada' and el 'Elefant'.
Continuing on we come to a long section of stairs that allow us to discover the impressive views over the massif of Montserrat from the highest point, Sant Jeroni (1237 m).
On the return, we go down a section of the same track and then take a detour following a path that will take us back to the monastery. We will pass by Sant Joan, where we will stop a moment for some refreshment. We will go by the ‘Pla de las tarántulas' (The plain of the tarantulas) until we reach la 'Cruz de San Miguel' (Saint Michael’s Cross) where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the Monastery. We will follow the path toward Montserrat.
Trail route photos
San Joan-Sant Miquel route
This route may have different difficulty to climb. You can climb it on foot or using the funicular of San Joan, we recommend to use the funicular, as it is a beautiful experience with spectacular views., You overcome a great variation of altitude with a considerable slope (on foot the slope is not so hard).
'Santa Cova' route
You can not miss the visit to Montserrat. A circular route, that starts on foot after getting off the train rack, following a very easy road suitable for all ages. There are about 8 km (round trip) with a total ascent of 422 meters (211 of ascending and 211 of descent), the route begins in descent, until we arrive to the funicular of 'Santa Cova', this can be used to return in order to avoid the strong climb at the end, especially if you travel with small children, then you continue a very well maintained road. There are fountains all over the track. The route can be done easily in about 90 minutes.
The destination is the hermitage of Santa Cova de Montserrat. The image of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat was found in 880. From there on it started the the origin of its cult and its consecration as Catalonia's patroness. Its discovery turned the place into a center of pilgrimage and contributed to the construction of the Monastery of Montserrat.
The legend tells that in 880, on a Saturday at dusk, a few shepherds saw a great light descending from the sky, accompanied by a beautiful melody, that was heard at medium height of the mountain. The following week they returned with their parents and the vision got repeated again. Likewise * It happened again some weeks after with the rector of Olesa of Montserrat. Aware of the event, the bishop of Manresa presented himself at the place; Then they found a cave in which there was an image of Santa Maria. They tried to transfer it in procession to Manresa, but the attempt was unsuccessful, by which they understood that it was due to the divine will: that image had to be venerated in the mountain of Montserrat.
Cultural visit to the monastery of Montserrat, Basilica and museum
THE CULT IN MONTSERRAT