On the second day of our TY trip to Spain, we went to visit Montserrat. It is well known as the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. The monastery is 48 kilometers west of Barcelona, and can be reached by road, train or cable car. We left our hotel in Salou at 10 on that Sunday morning and our bus took us to Santa Maria de Montserrat, we arrived just after 11. From there we were taken to the peak of the mountain where we witnessed breath-taking views. We stayed up there for a while and took plenty of photos with the TY class and other random tourists.
When we got down to the bottom, we went to visit the Basilica. The Basilica houses a museum with works of art by many prominent painters and sculptors including works by El Greco, Dalí, Picasso and more. The Escolania, Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir, is one of the oldest in Europe, and performs during religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. But unfortunately, we missed their performance that day. Outside the Basilica, there was a group of gymnasts making a human tower. We arrived back in Salou at around 4 that evening and we went straight to the beach for a few hours. We rented a paddle boat and spent a good hour going down the slide and jumping off the top. The evening was spent in the hotel pool and bonding as a TY group. We then enjoyed a lovely dinner.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day.