Rock-climbing paradise with paella and crema catalana
Magical rock formations, more than 4,000 sports and trad routes, breath-taking scenery and excellent Mediterranean gastronomy. Discover one of the most emblematic rock climbing spots in Catalonia and the whole of Spain!
Only an hour from Barcelona, Montserrat is the biggest rock-climbing spot in Spain. With more than 4,000 routes, it’s a paradise for those of us who can’t get enough of rocks. It’s not just the abundance but the variety of the routes that will amaze you. And, yeah, the scenery. Once a river delta, Montserrat is a collection of fascinating rock formations which even have their names. You’ll meet the Mummy, the Pregnant Woman, the Elephant, and the Freedom Cap, just to name a few.
But wait, let’s get more serious. In Montserrat you can find routes from 4a to 8b+, for all types of rock climbing. It doesn’t matter if you are a lover of sports routes or a fan of trad climbing, you’ll have a wide selection. You can do scenic single-pitch routes one day and try multi-pitch routes, up to 300 m, the next day. The conglomerate will trick you in the beginning but you’ll feel very good about yourself by the end of the first day.
When you get tired of climbing, you can opt in for via ferrata or walk to Sant Jeroni, the top of the mountain, to get an enchanting view of these rock giants. And let’s not forget, at the foot of the mountain you’ll find the ancient sanctuary with the Black Madonna.
Read a rookie climber’s impressions about Montserrat on our blog.
Further InfoThis is just the perfect place for rock-climbing. Unlimited number of routes, amazing environment, pleasant climate. You wanna have your first multi-pitch? Or wanna go more serious? Are you a fan of sports routes? Do you fancy bouldering? No problem! Montserrat has it all, with more than 4,000 routes of all kinds and levels. If you just wanna get started, here's the course for you! If the date is not good for you, let us know - we're the most flexible team on Earth, as you already know it. Extra nights can be added for ₤65. If you want to climb without a guide, here's our offer for you.
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Day 1: Getting the First Taste
You meet your guide at your guest house Monday morning. After a short group orientation, you head out to the rocks of Montserrat. Your guide will take you to easier crags, probably on the Southern side (like Can Jorba), so he can check your level and so you can get used to climbing on conglomerate. Based on your abilities and your preference, your guide will find you some cool routes for the second half of the day. In the evening, you can chill, check the Monastery or have a nice meal in the surrounding towns. Cerveza is a must!
Day 2: Single Pitch Climbing or Easier Multi-Pitch
You will move on to another rock-climbing spot within Montserrat. If you prefer sports routes, probably you will stay on the Southern side, which offers routes from 5a to 7b. If you are for big walls, you’ll probably go to the Gorros or to Sant Benet. In the afternoon, you can hike to Sant Jeroni, the top of Montserrat. The view is impressive. And don’t forget about treating yourself: have you tried crema catalana?
Day 3: Trying the Emblematic Routes of Montserrat
Depending on what the group feels like, you can do sports routes (like Placa de la Puja — it’s the place to get high), multi-pitch climbs (like La Momia — who needs translation?), or even via ferratas (like Ferrada de le Dame — not only for the dames). Montserrat offers medium level — and pretty scenic — vias. Try them. And have a Paella (or, if you trust me, the pasta-version of it, Fideuá) for dinner. And a cava?
Day 4: Some More of the Magic
Start the day like the locals: take your pals and grab a delicious coca with a café con leche. Then get your climbing shoes and have a final feel of the Pregnant Woman, the Elephant, and the Mummy (and co.). In the afternoon you say goodbye to your guide and your pals, returning to Barcelona. If you are staying for the night, take a walk in the lovely Catalan towns of El Bruc, Collbató or Monsitrol, with an impressive view to magical Montserrat.
If you wish to stay in Barcelona, for some sightseeing or even more climbing (we can give you tips!), or take a ride to Siurana where Adam Ondra and pals hang out, let us know. We can help you with your travel and accommodation. Have a full taste of this climbing paradise called Catalunya!
Equipment and Info
Montserrat is located in the Northern part of Spain, in the region of Catalonia. The “Saw Mountains” are famous for their unique geology: these fairy-talish rock-formations, like the Mummy, the Elephant, the Pregnant Woman, the Cat, and so go the names, were once in a river delta. Montserrat is also well known for the ancient sanctuary, the Monastery of the Black Virgin. As the place lies only about 50km from the city of Barcelona, which has a comfy international airport, it is an awesome destination for rock climbers.. The spots can be reached from the cities surrounding the mountain (like Monsitrol, El Bruc or Collbató) within 15-45 minutes. The walls are 15 to 500 meters high, of conglomerate rock.
These trips are designed for small groups, so everyone can find routes according to one’s physical ability. Everyone leading a sporty lifestyle (ie: exercising 3 times a week for at least an hour, working up a sweat) can manage and enjoy the rocks. If you are a newbie and want to have a training first, sign up for our rock-climbing course!
Montserrat has a very stable climate, with not a lot of rain and snow. The best time to climb is from April to early June, and from late September to November, because it is not too hot then. Bring sun-cream and sunglasses though.
The price of the guided trip includes equipment hire, so you need not worry about technical gear (but do bring your climbing shoes). Of course, you may bring your own gear if you prefer, but regrettably, we can’t discount the price of the trip should you bring your own stuff. Check out related posts here on climbing shoes.
During your trip you will stay in a nice guest house, either in one of the towns around Montserrat (Monistrol, El Bruc or Collbató) or right next to the famous Monastery.
Montserrat is not only a climbing paradise; it is also a popular spot for tourists visiting Barcelona or Girona. Whether you stay in the apartments next to the Monastery, or in the neighboring towns (Monistrol, El Bruc or Collbató), you will find stores, bars, and restaurants for your daily meals. A beer/coke costs about 2-3 euro and a lunch/dinner about 12-15 euro.
Get some practical advice on food so you maximize your climbing performance – here.
You will meet your guide at your guest house, which will be in one of the towns around Montserrat, depending on which part of the mountain you and your guide decide to climb.
Montserrat is located 48 km from Barcelona. Barcelona has an international airport (El Prat), which is the destination of several low cost airlines. From Barcelona, you can approach Montserrat both by train or by bus, which doesn’t take more than 1.5 hr.
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