Montserrat is multi-peaked mountain range about 50 kilometers northwest of Barcelona. The range is composed of multiple pinkish conglomerate rock formations, which resemble the teeth of a saw and can be seen from fairly far away. In fact, Montserrat means “saw mountain” in Catalan.
Among the most popular climbing options in the range are Sant Jeroni (1,236 meters) and Miranda de les Agulles (903 meters). However, there are dozens of routes to climb, including big walls, rocky towers and needles. Due to the immense diversity of Montserrat as well, no two climbs are alike.
Trip offerings to the range generally range from a half-day to an entire week. Due to its convenient location near Barcelona, it is also easy to combine climbing in Montserrat with climbing adventures to other parts of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range too.
The weather in and around Montserrat is hard to beat. During the summer, the average temperature runs from 25ºC to 30ºC with fewer than seven days of rain per month. Even in the winter temperatures are above 10ºC and rain is more likely but still rare.
Any trip to Montserrat will begin with a flight into the Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN). From here, it is easiest to rent a car and make the scenic drive east into the mountains. Many guides will also opt to meet you in Barcelona.
Spanish and Catalan
April to September, but many guides offer tripes year round.
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