Barcelona to Montserrat cycling route

Cycle to MontserratRide from Barcelona, with Nadezhda Pavlova

Barcelona to Montserrat Cycling Route

Nadezhda Pavlova

Are you looking for a challenging yet rewarding road cycling experience in Catalonia? Then ride from Barcelona to Montserrat. This route takes cyclists through stunning landscapes and past historic landmarks, making it the perfect day trip for any cycling enthusiast. It has beautiful scenery, climbs, culture and sunshine – so join me on the ride to magnificent Montserrat!

Nearby is the bridge of Pont Vell, a spectacular medieval structure that spans the valley, with epic views. If your legs allow, you can extend the ride to take it in.

Route Information

Stats  129 km  2455 metres

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Barcelona is a world class city, with everything that you need, and a wide variety of superb accommodation.


The route climbs and rolls steadily, until the town of Montserrat is reached, when the real climbing begins. Thankfully, there’s lots of descending on the way back to Barcelona.


Starting in Barcelona, the first section of the ride is relatively flat and provides a good warm-up for the climb ahead. As you make your way towards the foothills of Montserrat, you’ll see the iconic mountain looming in the distance, ready to challenge you.

Once you reach the town of Monistrol de Montserrat, the real climb begins. The climb is challenging, but the stunning views of the surrounding countryside make it well worth the effort. Admire the scenery!

At the top of the climb, you’ll reach the Monastery of Montserrat. This stunning complex of buildings and churches has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, attracting visitors from all over the world. After taking a well-deserved break to explore the monastery and its surroundings, it’s time to descend back down to Barcelona.

The descent is fast and exhilarating, taking you back down the winding road towards Monistrol de Montserrat. Be sure to take care on the way down, as the road can be steep and winding in places. Once you reach the bottom, it’s a relatively flat ride back to Barcelona, giving you a chance to recover from the climb and take in the sights.

Overall, the route from Barcelona to Montserrat is a challenging and rewarding experience for any road cyclist. With stunning views, historic landmarks, and a challenging climb, it’s the perfect way to spend a day exploring the Catalan countryside. So why not grab your bike and head out on this unforgettable ride?

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