Set amidst the lush forests and rolling vineyards of the Catalonian countryside, the St Benet Monastery (Món Sant Ben) is undeniably picturesque and the former Benedictine monastery is among the region’s most impressively preserved medieval sites, dating back to the 900s. Today, the monastery complex is much more than a historic site – it’s a thriving cultural heritage center combining gastronomy, art and leisure, and home to the Alicia Foundation food center, the Món Hotel and a Michelin starred restaurant.
As well as admiring the painstakingly restored 10th-century monastery, with its blend of Romanesque, Baroque and Modernist architecture, visitors can explore the Sant Benet gardens, take part in cooking workshops and wine tasting sessions, and shop for local artisan produce and organic goods grown in the monastery gardens.
St Benet Monastery is located around 60 km northwest of Barcelona and is open daily from 9am-3pm, with tours running every day except Monday. Admission fees vary depending on tours and activities, but start from €5.50.