Shore Excursions (I): #Montserrat
There is a great deal to detain you in Barcelona, but just beyond the city are several sites eminently worthy of day trips. These include the holy shrine if Montserrat, the relaxed and pretty town of Sitges for beaches and museums, and the cava wine country in the region of Penedés.
Montserrat is also a popular goal for cyclist and mountain climbers who ascend the spires of rock above the building. From the monastery there are walks to other hermitages and a funicular to the Santa Cova, the cave sacred to the legend of the Madonna. Statues and plaques line the paths. Due to its popularity, Montserrat has a number of bars, restaurants and shops around the Placa de la Creu. For a peaceful visit, spend the night in the hotel or former monks´ cells.