After getting the car from the hotel, we headed about 30 miles outside of Barcelona to the "spiritual cradle of Catalonian climbing", Monsterrat. The area is most know for a monastery hailed as Catalonia's most important religious retreat wheregroups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat.
After spending the day in Barcelona, we headed north east towards Monsterrat. We weaved through Monistrol de Montserrat up the mountain towards what we thought was the Santa Maria de Montserrat, which holds a black virgin Mary that people flock to and there are cable cars to take people up the mountain. The monastery is hailed as Catalonia's most important religious retreat where groups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat. And appareently climbers can sleep there as well.
We somehow missed the monastary (seen above) on our way up the mountain...
But that's okay, as the sunset was amazing and we explored around Monestir de Sant Benet de Montserrat.
Swung around to the back of the mountain, stumbling upon trails but no camping, and night was coming quickly. We pulled into a parking lot where a cop was standing against his cop car, smoking and drinking a juice box and turned out to also be a climber. He gave us some beta, and sadly there was no camping in the park but a hotel ahead.
Hesitant to give into a hotel room already, we found out it was only 35€ for the night (which is what a camp site can go for in the US) so checked in and got wifi, wine and awful food at the bar.