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Disabled Access at Montserrat in Catalonia: Accessibility for Limited Mobility Travellers at Montserrat Monastery, Spain

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Montserrat Monastery is a convenient and welcoming place to visit if you are a limited mobility traveller hoping for good disabled access. As far as is possible the Montserrat team have facilitated accessibility throughout the Monastery. There are only a few places in Montserrat that are not accessible for limited mobility travellers.

This page will provide detailed explanations of the accessibility of Montserrat if you are a limited mobility traveller: accessibility of the transport to Montserrat; help that you can receive at Montserrat as a limited mobility traveller; access to the Black Madonna as a disabled visitor; access to Montserrat's facilities including restaurant, shops, toilet and areas of Montserrat that are not accessible as a limited mobility traveller.


Getting to Montserrat with limited mobility

Montserrat Rack Railway
Montserrat Rack Railway

Travelling to Montserrat by train

  • If you are coming to Montserrat from Barcelona and wish to use pubic transport, this will not be a problem. There is a train that goes from Plaza Espanya in Barcelona to the bottom of Montserrat mountain.
  • From the bottom of Montserrat mountain you will transfer directly to the Montserrat Rack Railway. The rack railway is also fully accessible for limited mobility travellers.
  • The most important thing to remember is that when you are at Plaza Espanya station you need to buy the ticket that is for the rack railway rather than the cable car. The cable car to Montserrat does not have disabled access. For full advice on buying the correct ticket, see our Train to Montserrat page.
    The lift at Montserrat rack railway station
    The lift at Montserrat rack railway station
  • Once you are at Montserrat rack railway station you can take an elevator (with sufficiently wide doors for all types of wheelchair and scooter) from the platform to the main station area. Once you are in the main station you can exit and will be at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery (see our Montserrat map for exact details of where you will be).
  • Travelling to Montserrat by Car

  • If you are travelling to Montserrat by car (see our driving instructions page for how to drive to Montserrat from Barcelona) you will have two car park options, both of which are suitable for limited mobility travellers: Car Parks at Montserrat.
  • The car park that is located at Montserrat Monastery has disabled parking spots. However, it is worth noting that it is located approximately five minutes from the main section of Montserrat Monastery at the bottom of a slight incline (see our Montserrat map for exact details of where you will be).
  • The car park that is located at Cremallera de Monistrol Vila rack railway station will require that you take the rack railway to Montserrat Monastery (which is accessible if you are a limited mobility traveller). Once you reach the rack railway station at Montserrat you will be in the very centre of the Monastery (see above for more details).
  • Travelling to Montserrat by Coach

  • If you are coming to Montserrat with a coach tour, it is best to check with the individual tour company that you are travelling with as to their disabled services.

  • Help if you are a limited mobility visitor to Montserrat

    Once you are in Montserrat you will find that the majority of the areas of the Monastery are available to you (see below for the areas that are not). For example, if you look at the Montserrat map, there is a gradually inclining slope that will take you from the rack railway station to the Basilica.

    Montserrat's train service
    Montserrat's train service

    However, if you would like extra assistance in making your way around the Monastery, there is a small green train that is a service particularly for those with limited mobility. It is a free service and travels continuously from the Mirador dels Apostols to just outside the Basilica. Functioning times for the train vary. In general, it is runs throughout the day during the summer but not always in the winter months. To check whether the train will be running during your visit, it is best to contact Montserrat Information.

    Montserrat Tourist Information:
    Tel: +34 93 877 7701


    Access to the Black Madonna for disabled visitors

    Unfortunately, if you are a wheelchair or scooter user, you will not be able to get right up to the Black Madonna, that is located inside the Basilica. However, you will be able to see the statue from a distance of two metres. For details on the disabled entrance route to the Black Madonna, plus information on what you will be able to see, see our Black Madonna page.


    Access to the facilities at Montserrat if you are a disabled traveller

    Disabled access to the restaurant facilities: All of the restaurants at Montserrat are fully wheelchair and scooter accessible. They are all located on the ground floor and have wide doors at their entrances.

    Toilets at Montserrat
    Toilets at Montserrat

    Disabled access to the toilet facilities: There are two sets of toilets open to the public at Montserrat (see our Montserrat map for exact details of where you will be). They both offer disabled toilets. There are also disabled toilets inside the two restaurants and the two self-service cafes (see above).

    Disabled access to the museum: Both museums at Montserrat are fully wheelchair and scooter accessible. See the Montserrat Museum page and the Espai Audio Visuals page for further details.

    Other facilities in Montserrat, including the shops, post office, hotel and apartments are all fully accessible.


    Areas of Montserrat that are not accessible if you are a limited mobility traveller

    Unfortunately, despite the fact that the Montserrat Basilica is wheelchair and scooter accessible, the Black Madonna is not (see above for more details).

    The other main attractions at Montserrat that are not wheelchair or scooter accessible are the two funiculars: Funicular de Sant Joan and the Funicular de Santa Cova (not to be confused with the rack railway to Montserrat that is accessible). These two small funiculars travel up and down very steep inclines and do not have sufficient space for wheelchairs or scooters.

    There are a total of five walks that start at Montserrat. Depending on your level of mobility, there are some walks that it might be possible for you to do. See our page on Walks in Montserrat for details of the walks or sections of the walk routes that you may be able to do.

    Montserrat is an impressively accessible tourist destination if you are a limited mobility traveller. Do some advance research to decide on the method of transport to Montserrat that most suits your needs. Once you are at the Montserrat Monastery itself you will find that practically everywhere is accessible to you.


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