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Montserrat Travel Guide: Official Travel Guide Book for Montserrat Monastery

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During your trip to Montserrat you may wish to purchase an official guide book. A Montserrat travel guide will allow you to gain a greater understanding of a complex and multi-layered visitor attraction. Montserrat Monastery consists not just of the Monastery itself, but also of the surrounding mountain and natural park and the sum of parts that make up the entire Monastery. All of this is dealt with in the Montserrat Official Guide.

This page will provide you with all of the necessary details regarding Montserrat's travel guide: what is included in the guide, where you can buy the guide and the languages that it is available in.

Is there an official Montserrat Travel Guide?

Montserrat Book Shop - Portes Endins
Montserrat Book Shop - Portes Endins

There is an official guide book to Montserrat Monastery. It is called "Montserrat Official Guide" and is published by the Monks themselves at their printing press: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat. It was first published in 1998.

If you would like some further information on the printing press at Montserrat and other books available to buy during your trip to Montserrat, have a look at our Guide to the Book Shops at Montserrat.


What information can I find in the Montserrat Official Guide?

The guide serves to cover all aspects of your trip to Montserrat. The following topics and issues are covered:

  • Practical requirements for a trip to Montserrat: a map of the Monastery with a key showing the location of all of the most important amenities and attractions, details on how to get to Montserrat (by car, coach and train) and contact details for the Monastery.
  • Timeline of the major incidents in the history of Montserrat Monastery.
  • Montserrat Mountain: the geology, location, climate, flora and fauna.
  • History of Montserrat: its beginning up until the present day.
  • Functioning life of the modern day Monastery: the lives of the Monks, the lives of the Boy's choir and the ethos of the Monastery.
  • The buildings in Montserrat: history and architecture of buildings including the basilica, the Black Madonna shrine, the museum, the atrium and the chapel.
  • Walks around Montserrat: routes that you can take and points of interest along the routes.
  • The book also includes colour photographs and has a shiny cover, making it a nice souvenir of your trip.


    Where to buy the Guide

    There are various points at which you can buy the Montserrat Official Guide book:

  • It is available in all of the gift shops in Montserrat. For details of the shops at Montserrat, see our page on the Shops of Montserrat.
  • It is also available at Montserrat's tourist information points. For details of the locations and opening times of all of the tourist information stands at Montserrat, see our Guide to Tourist Information at Montserrat page.
  • It is also available at the FGC shop that is located in Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona - the shop where you can go to purchase the train tickets to Montserrat from Barcelona. For full location and opening times of the FGC shop, see our Guide to the Montserrat Rack Railway page.
  • Unfortunately, the guide is not currently available to buy online.


    Languages that the Montserrat Travel Guide is available in

    Montserrat Official Guide is available in the following languages:

  • Castellano (Spanish)
  • Catalan
  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • French
  • Italian
  • During your trip to Montserrat it is worth investing in the official guide book. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a leaf through the book before you start exploring. This will allow you to gain a greater understanding of the history and ethos of Montserrat. It will also help you to see what attractions are available so that you can head straight to the ones that are of most personal interest to you.


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