Masyw Montserrat w Katalonii jako obszar turystyczny
The Montserrat Massif in Catalonia as a tourist destination
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The paper analyses the tourism resources in the Massif of Montserrat, located near the metropolitan area of Barcelona (Spain) and protected as a natural park. The area is characterized by favorable conditions for pilgrimage and spiritual retreats as well as for various forms of physical and intellectual leisure activities. The landscapes created by the surreal rock formations with the unique plant communities protected as a natural park are the “magnet” for tourists. The Montserrat Abbey dedicated to the Holy Virgin is one of the oldest centers of the Benedictine spirituality in Europe, expanding its mission of integration of the faith and culture in society, favoring the strengthening of the Catalan national identity based on the Christian roots. Pilgrimage traditions have been revived and the tourist offer has been adapted to the profile of the modern visitor. The infrastructure embraces a developed system of tourist facilities, excellent road and public transport and a good network of hiking trails. The integration of the nature tourism and cultural tourism is being achieved by the sustainable management of the area through the collaboration of local authorities and stakeholders.
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