Montserrat is a beautiful mountain overlooking the city of Barcelona. Clean, fresh air, serene isolation, and an altitude reaching to the heavens made this a perfect place for monks to build a monastery. There are walking paths and little markets and two cafeterias for hungry voyagers. Only an hour by train, this is a great afternoon trip from Barcelona. The mountain is so high that you need to take a cable car or a funicular to the first stop, then if you want to go all the way to the tippy top, there is another funicular for $7 more.