Montserrat (Catalonia)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Monestir de Montserrat 735 588 8.5 6.9 521 ****

Montserrat Profile
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Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

Montserrat is a very popular tourist destination and the road is busy with traffic in summer, at weekends and on public holidays. During the rest of the year there is still some traffic, but it is much less of a nuissance to cyclists.

Climb Description


Montserrat is a spectacular climb situated near the city of Barcelona in north-east Spain. It is a fairly steady climb for cyclists, who flock here in there hundreds each week - many of them coming here from Barcelona itself.

Unforunately, it is not just cyclists who are attracted to Montserrat. The monastery at the top of the climb is a sacred site and is visited by millions of tourists each year; even more come to walk in the mountains here. At busy times of the year this makes Montserrat quite an unpleasant time to ride - so it's highly advisable to do the climb on a weekday - especially during winter.

Aside from the traffic (which on a fine summer's day is annoying enough to reduce the overall rating to just **), Montserrat is a stunning climb. The name literally means Saw Mountain in Catalan, and the jagged peaks which tower over the landscape for miles around are an incredible sight. Montserrat is one of the most distinctive climbs in the whole of Spain and even if you don't fancy braving the traffic on a bike, you should consider visiting it if you have the chance.

Montserrat is open throughout the year.

Other sides

This is the main way to climb to Montserrat; although there is also a nice route which runs along the northern edge of the mountain.

Nearby Climbs

Turó de l'Home
Santa Fe de Montseny


We don't currently run any tours including this climb. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to include this climb, please contact us.