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Montserrat Rock Climbing 

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Perched fortress-like atop the surrounding wine country sits Spain's largest climbing area, and the spiritual cradle of Catalonian climbing. The magical blunted spires of Montserrat hide literally thousands of excellent routes, with a variety of length & commitment sure to intrigue climbers of all tastes & abilities. Located only 30 miles from the bustling metropolis of Barcelona, the Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat that contains the climbing area is a popular destination for locals & tourists alike. The main attraction for tourists is the aesthetic Benedictine Monastery located among the cliffs on the East end of the park, which offers access to many of the more popular climbs.

A funicular provides access to the Southeast portion of the park, reducing the daunting approach to a meager stroll. Beware there are two funiculars, one that goes up (St Joan), and one that goes down (Santa Cova). Be sure you are in the correct station before you buy your ticket.

There are a number of Refugis in the park that provide cheap accomodations for climbers. The Monastery also offers rooms and a campground.

The Rock 

Montserrat is composed of excellent cobblestone conglomerate, not unlike the rock found at El Rito, Castlewood Canyon, or Maple Canyon in the US. The primary difference is that these formations reach heights of over 1000 feet, offering a world-class multi-pitch climbing experience. Although the cliffs may appear chossy, the rock is generally very solid, and highly featured, with many protruding knobs and sinker pockets.

Rock Climbing Photo: The rock of Montserrat is high-quality cobblestone...
The rock of Montserrat is high-quality cobblestone conglomerate.

Routes range in difficulty from 3rd class scrambles & via ferratas to 5.14c. Lengths range from the ridiculously short 2-bolt power route, to multi-pitch adventures in excess of 10 pitches.

The vast majority of lines are bolt protected, but many of these are runout, and there are opportunities for intermediate natural gear placements. A small rack of nuts will prove useful on most lines. Helmets are a good idea here, and seem to be favored by the vast majority of local climbers. Although these routes see nearly constant traffic, pockets of loose rock remain.

First-time visitors will be drawn to the Gorros formations that tower above the Monastery. More accomplished climbers should not miss the imposing Cavall Bernat, 'the half-dome of Montserrat', and its imposing East face. Countless high-quality single-pitch sport climbs are spread throughout the park.

When to Visit 

Montserrat is a year-round crag, but like most "year-round" crags, spring and fall are best. Shade is at a premium in the warm summer months, and in the winter many of the most challenging multi-pitch lines will be too cold to enjoy. If you are here in the winter, the Gorros get morning sun and are bear-able on warmer winter days. Additionally, the south-facing slabs of Panxe del Bisbe & other formations around L'Elefant are relatively sheltered from the wind.


English-speaking visitors will want to check out the excellent e-guides available from RockTopo These are "supertopo"-style guides with detailed introductions, text descriptions, and high-quality topos available for download.

Getting There 

"The Loop Road" surrounds the cliffs of Montserrat & provides access to all of the climbs. There are multiple ways to reach this road, but for direct access to the Monastery area, take the A-2 out of Barcelona to the C-55. Take the C-55 to the small town of "Monistrol de Montserrat". Here get on the winding BP-1121, which joins the loop road a short distance North of the Monastery.

The parking situation at the Monastery can be troublesome, particularly on weekends. Arrive early or expect to waste a good bit of time looking for a space. There is a ~5 Euro fee if you are lucky enough to get a spot in the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 25.5 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Montserrat

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Montserrat:
La Que Faltava   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 360'   Gorros : Magdalena Inferior
Badalona   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Gorros : Gorro Frigi
Via Normal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 340'   Gorros : Cavall Bernat
Stromberg   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   Gorros : Gorro Frigi
Punsola-Reniu   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 7 pitches, 750'   Gorros : Cavall Bernat
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Featured Route For Montserrat
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux 2nd pitch traverse on Cavall Bernat's Via Nor...

Via Normal 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  Europe : Spain : ... : Cavall Bernat
The original route and a historical accomplishment, the Normal route on Cavall Bernat is the easiest way to the summit of this fine spire. This route is a classic moderate with airy and enjoyable climbing on the shortest side of the spire. Start: locate the low angle ridge that leads to the single tree on the shoulder below the main bulk of the spire. Pitch 1: scramble the low angle ridge up to the shoulder and ascend the steeper face to the belay anchor below the memorial plaques. A cam o...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Montserrat Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking for the best hold.
Looking for the best hold.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cordada al Lloro    Montserrat
Cordada al Lloro Montserrat
Rock Climbing Photo: Area de sant Benet
BETA PHOTO: Area de sant Benet
Rock Climbing Photo: Aresta GAM del Bisbe (Frares)
Aresta GAM del Bisbe (Frares)
Rock Climbing Photo: Lotus route. About 100 mts to the right from Easy ...
Lotus route. About 100 mts to the right from Easy ...
Rock Climbing Photo: montserrat illuminated
montserrat illuminated
Rock Climbing Photo: Classical "Easy rider" route. 6a- In thi...
Classical "Easy rider" route. 6a- In thi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just a stop on the way to climb
Just a stop on the way to climb
Rock Climbing Photo: From the summit of the Frare (the highest summit o...
From the summit of the Frare (the highest summit o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shirley nearing the top of pitch 5 of the Punsola-...
Shirley nearing the top of pitch 5 of the Punsola-...
Rock Climbing Photo: ...but before, we have climbed this route (6a+) wi...
...but before, we have climbed this route (6a+) wi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pretty sunny . . .
Pretty sunny . . .
Rock Climbing Photo: The rock of Montserrat is high-quality cobblestone...
The rock of Montserrat is high-quality cobblestone...
Rock Climbing Photo: Montserrat: north face. Routes ranging from 300 to...
BETA PHOTO: Montserrat: north face. Routes ranging from 300 to...
Rock Climbing Photo: The bustling Monastery, with the Gorros formations...
The bustling Monastery, with the Gorros formations...
Rock Climbing Photo: The NW end of Montserrat from the South.
The NW end of Montserrat from the South.
Rock Climbing Photo: The intimidating & chilly North Walls of Montserra...
The intimidating & chilly North Walls of Montserra...
Rock Climbing Photo: This photo shows the St Joan Funicular (in the cen...
This photo shows the St Joan Funicular (in the cen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Panxa del Bisbe offers sunny moderates.
Panxa del Bisbe offers sunny moderates.
Rock Climbing Photo: catalonian conglomerate
catalonian conglomerate
Rock Climbing Photo: L'Elefant (the one that looks like an elephant) an...
L'Elefant (the one that looks like an elephant) an...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice hotel . . .
Nice hotel . . .
Rock Climbing Photo: The absolutely stunning monastery of Montserrat, p...
The absolutely stunning monastery of Montserrat, p...
Rock Climbing Photo: Deep Valley . . .
Deep Valley . . .

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By Quinn Rohlf
From: Portland, Oregon
Jan 13, 2016
Just arrived in to BCN - they're having an atypically warm winter and the weather is prime for climbing!

If anyone is interested, I'll be around for weekend trips near Barcelona Jan-early Feb. +15034278466 or to get in touch!
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 1, 2011
Does anyone have beta on the best places to stay around Montserrat? Are there local huts or guesthouses? Thanks!
By Alec Korba
Oct 4, 2011
I'll be traveling around this area (and Barcelona) alone from October 20th - 30th

I have a full trad and sport rack and would LOVE to find someone to climb with. Can anyone suggest a good way to find a climbing partner or even a guide here? I can't haven't found anything so far!

If anyone wants to climb while I'm out there I'd do anything from trad multipitches to bouldering.

By Nathan Ellis
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 9, 2012
Staying in Barcelona next week and need a climbing partner. Would like to find someone who knows the area. Any ideas where else to look? I can speak some Spanish.
By Ben Caruso
From: Blowing Rock, NC
Aug 19, 2012
Climbing around here during all of September- happy to link up with other climbers. Hit me up!
By bayouclimb
Feb 1, 2014
I just tried to buy the topo from rocktopo but it seems like the page is no longer available. Does anyone know how/where to purchase and guidebook to montserrat in english?
By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Sep 3, 2014
Visited here this July and it was, simply put, amazing. Below is some up-to-date beta on the Monastery area!:
WHERE TO STAY/CAMP: You will need to park alongside everyone else (4 Eruo?) that's doing a day visit of the Monastery. They do not mind if you stay overnight, just make sure you pay (honor system until you leave, they'll for your ticket). Now once you've parked, you need to pack up and walk just about 20min to the campsite! You'll pass over the (obvious) bridge and you'll pass the Cremalera on the left, and the restaurant on the right. Just passed the restaurant (in the same building) you'll see the visitors' center, which is also below the giftshop, and they can point you to the campsite which just another 10 min walk or less up and left (they'll give you a map). KEEP IN MIND that ciesta is a big deal in Spain, and it effects the campsite hours, too. It's open from 8-2, then 5-8ish? (it's like 10 euro per person per night or something? Very cheap and has showers.)
Here you will meet Marcel Millet, a living legend in Spain. He'll give you your beta on long as you speak Spanish...or interpret guidebooks really well. He's bolted 496 routes at Montserrat so he's trustworthy!
GUIDEBOOK: you will not find any guide covering the area in the neighboring giftshop...don't as why, they don't have it. But Marcel does!
FOOD/INTERNET: Marcel's campsites are very nice, and he even has a community kitchen with a fridge and a stove! So bring your own food, or eat at the few restaurants on the monastery. WIFI can be reached for free at the first main building on the left right after you park before you cross the bridge!
CLIMBING: It's so good. Color coded bolts...what more can you ask for? Seriously, just talk to Marcel. If you don't speak the language, just say "escalar". Hope this helps! Enjoy!
By Toni G
Oct 18, 2014
Heading to Monserrat Nov 22-23 and am looking for a partner to climb with. Please message me if you are interested. Thanks!
By wimse
From: sweden
Jan 13, 2015
I´m going to Barcelona/Montserrat in mid march for a couple of weeks. Is there anybody else around without climbingpartner who wants to go sportclimbing 6a to 6c with me? You need to climb safe and belay focused. Please send me a massege.
By Toti V
Apr 27, 2015
We at provide guided climbing tours in Montserrat or climbing partners
By Holly SLC
Jul 1, 2015
Looking for a climbing partner for Margalef/Montserrat/Siurana area end Sept/early Oct!!
By James scheh
Dec 20, 2015
I will be in Barcelona for all of January 2016 and am looking for a partner for week day as far out as Monserrat.

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