©The dramatic location of the hilltop monastery at Montserrat, just outside Barcelona. (©Roberto A Sanchez/iStock)
This hilltop monastery, around 56km northwest of Barcelona, is an important pilgrimage site in Spain. The main attraction is the medieval statue of La Morenta (the black virgin), Catalonia’s patron saint. The basilica is open daily, with regular recitals by the Escolania boys’ choir.