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Montserrat is the magic mountain of Catalonia. It is situated on an ancient lake that was drained of its water as the continent sank, giving rise to strange rock formations, mystical for some, a climbing challenge for others, and a spectacular site to see for everyone.

In its monastery is the famous Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one"), the image of the Virgin Mary and patron saint of Catalonia, which was found in a cave of the mountain. It's peculiar for being black (hence it's nickname), possibly due to the transformation of the varnish over time.

Note: Be aware that the weather in Montserrat is considerably cooler than in Barcelona. Be sure to bring an extra coat and appropriate shoes for walking on rocky terrain. We also recommend bringing water and food with you, since in Montserrat they are both more expensive and not very good. It's best to take the 9:36 a.m. train if it's a Sunday or a holiday and the 10:36 a.m. train on all other days.