Clouds below Montserrat peaks, taken from Monistrol de Montserrat train station - the weather wasn't looking too promising
View from Cremallera train winding its way up
Montserrat museum, monastery, shops, etc. Oh and the Mount Rushmore-like rockfaces behind
Cremallera line we just came up: cable car arrives to building in centre-left
Mossen Jaume Oliveras Brossa was the first to do Matagalls-Montserrat (85km) in under 24 hours - now it's done every year
Snowdrops? Don't think so, but they look nice.
Steps to the left of the fountain are the start of the journey to El Mirador de Sant Jeroni
Fountain, comemmorates a hermit (I think - he's too emaciated to be a bishop)
Climbing all the time - view back to monastery
Some areas have steps
"Pla dels Ocells" - "Plain of Birds"
Autumnal leaves carpet the trail
More leafy carpet
We'll be up there - and higher - soon
Easter-Island style face looking down the mountain
Resting - about half-way up now...
Was talking to this gent for a bit, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area - he's a regular excursionista
Burst of golden beech leaves
Una ermita - a hermitage
Trail looks like this for a bit now
Erosion at work
VIsta Point up above
Closer look at those hillocks ('columns'? 'protrusions'?)
Looking back - that's Monistrol de Montserrat far below (where you get on the Cremallera train to take you up to the monastery.)
The distant sea - on a clear day, apparently you can see Mallorca from here, but not today...
The day might be starting to brighten up?
More steps heading up to the Mirador de Sant Jeroni
Long way down - Manresa in the distance
From the Mirador de Sant Jeroni (1237m)
Don't look down - from the Mirador
Helpful compass pointing out what's where - Mirador de Sant Jeroni
Time to begin the descent
Ermita de Sant Jeroni
1200m at this point in the path
Withering sycamore leaves
Conglomerate rock to hand
An overactive imagination could easily see faces in those rocks
Now you see them - climbers ascending one of the peaks / "fingers"
Now you don't see them!
One of the climbers begins abseiling down... you wouldn't see me climbing that in a million years
Is that Snoopy? (I told you I had an overactive imagination)
Bit more vegetation here
Fat Lady wearing long dress
Distant Mirador de Sant Jeroni
Monastery 300m below
Not a chance. D'you hear me? Not a chance I'd do that.
Monastery getting closer
The aerial in the distance marks the Mirador de Sant Jeroni - we've come a long way
The Mirador de Sant Jeroni is the peak on the left
Peaks and trees
Did you spot it?
Spot the hidden ermita
Other-worldly landscape I
Other-worldly landscape II
Aloe Vera and Canyon
Ermita de Sant Joan
On top of the world (or this part of it)
The Monastery perched on the side of the cliffs
Spots of sunshine
The Last Rose of Summer
Heading back to the monastery
Stratified mountains opposite
Ermita de Sant Miquel
Cruz de Sant Miquel
Focussed on the wrong thing here, I think - but it's different :)
Sun dropping behind the mountain
From the Cremallera, descending
We wait while another Cremallera train ascends to half-way passing place
Water tower for Steam Engines ("the good old days"), Monistrol de Montserrat Train Station
From Monistrol Trail Station
Elevation Profile (vs Distance) of Hike
Elevation Profile (vs Time) of Hike