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The Islands of
Montserrat is a mountainous Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain and a British Overseas Territory. Its Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in the 1990s, causing significant damage to the south of the island and leading to the creation of an exclusion zone. The north of the island is largely unaffected, and has black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs and shoreline caves
Known as the “Emerald Isle” of the Caribbean, magnificent Montserrat survives as a somber spectacle of nature’s awe-inspiring power. The north side of the island puckers with lush peaks, and to the south lies an eerie lunar scape of deserted settlements and blackened valleys scarred by a series of devastating volcanic eruptions that began in 1995.
Today, the active Soufrière Hills Volcano and its ash-smothered surrounds lie in an exclusion zone comprising more than half the island. Police-escorted sightseeing tours take tourists into the zone, and several hilltop vantage points provide breathtaking views of the devastated areas, including the former capital of Plymouth.
Island Resorts & Retreats
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Abat Cisneros
Hotel Abat Cisneros Montserrat has an excellent location right by Montserrat Monastery, dating from 1563. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Guests can enjoy beautiful views over the mountains and the Llobregat Valley from this hotel. The town of Montserrat is within the Montserrat Natural Park. Barcelona is just 50 km away.
Each room at the Abat Cisneros comes with satellite TV, heating and a work desk. All also have a private bathroom.
The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and 24-hour reception. A gluten-free menu is available on request. There is a play area for children.
Apartamentos Montserrat Abat Marcet
Enjoying a spectacular hilltop setting, right next to Montserrat Monastery, Apartamentos Montserrat Abat Marcet offers well-equipped accommodation overlooking the surrounding Muntanya de Montserrat National Park.
All apartments and studios at Apartamentos Montserrat Abat Marcet have heating and simple, bright décor. They include a lounge area with TV and a kitchenette equipped with a microwave, fridge, oven and gas hob.
Montserrat Abat’s à la carte restaurant serves traditional Catalan dishes. Conveniently located on Plaça Abat Oliba, the property offers easy access to the shops and cafes of the monastery.
The train station, located just 50 meters away, is served by regular trains to Monistrol-Vila. The town of Terrassa is 35 km away.
El Celler de la Guardia
El Celler de la Guàrdia is located in Montserrat Nature Reserve, on the Catalan section of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route. This 17th-century farmhouse offers rustic rooms with a flat-screen TV and mountain views.
The rustic-style rooms at El Celler de la Guàrdia feature a private bathroom with a shower and bath. Bed linen is provided.
The property has a restaurant and a bar with a terrace where you can enjoy a meal outside. There is also a shared lounge and a games room. Free WiFi is available in public areas.
You can drive to the famous Montserrat Monastery in around 25 minutes from El Celler de la Guàrdia. Central Barcelona is 40 minutes’ drive away.
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Things To Do In
The Montserrat mountain is one of the most spectacular natural parks and spiritual spots in Catalonia and is situated 50 kilometers from Barcelona. It’s not a surprise that cultural tourists, nature lovers, pilgrims, hikers, alpinists and speleologists all come to visit Montserrat. Here’s the list of the most important things to see and do during your trip to Montserrat.
Fresh Island Flavours
DRINKS & DINING
Can Vador Restaurant
Can Vador is a family restaurant specializing in grilled meat and Mediterranean Catalan cuisine. Comfortable, a quiet space where they can enjoy all kinds of meat and grilled cuts, fish, salads, entrees, not forgetting the dishes “La cuina nostra” offers. Private dining rooms are available for business meetings, celebrations or group dinners. We invite you to be participate and come to enjoy with us an experience you’ll want to repeat soon.
Tasting menu CAN VADOR 25€
Daily Manu 16€
Bar de la Plaça
This establishment is up on the left hand side of the hill. As the name says it is mainly a bar, but it also serves as a restaurant during the lunch and dinner hours. The menu will sure to make everyone happy as they serve everything. From coffee to sandwiches it is the perfect place for a break during your sightseeing adventure.
The Hilltop Coffee House and Family Centre
The Hilltop Coffee House and Family Centre is our newest venture! It’ s just a short walk up thepath from Gingerbread Hill. It’s a non-profit establishment that we opened in 2012, with a desire to hopefully be a blessing to the community and visitors alike. It’s unique in that it’s kind of a one-stop place with a little something for everyone. At the Hilltop, you’ll find:
EXPLORE THE ISLAND
Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory and a part of the Leeward Islands chain in the Caribbean. It has an area of 102 sq. km (39 sq mi). This mountainous, pear-shaped island is currently increasing in size because of the build up of volcanic deposits on the southeast coast.
The island is measured at 16km (10 miles) long and 11km (7 miles) wide, with rock cliffs rising 15 to 30 m (50-100ft) above the sea and smooth bottomed sandy beaches scattered among coves on the west ( Caribbean) side of the island.
The island’s highest point is located in the Soufriere Hills, but a definitive height is unavailable due to the consistent eruptions of the volcano. Scattered small streams drains the northern reaches of the island