Ruta Mariana (The Marian Route) is a pilgrimage route connecting 5 Marian shrines in Spain, France and Andorra, around the Pyrenees Mountains. It comprises of the following sanctuaries:
- Lourdes in France
- Montserrat in Spain
- Meritxell in Andorra
- Torreciudad in Spain
- Zaragoza in Spain
This Catalan Sanctuary, just next to Barcelona, is set at a really special location on the uniquely shaped and beautiful mountain of Montserrat, which means in Catalan “sawed mountain”. Placed at a stunning height of 700 m over the cliffs, it offers amazing views of the whole region of Catalonia from the summit. There is a sanctuary church with the small wooden figure of the Black Madonna of Montserrat and you can even arrive there by a breath-taking cable car or funicular. Every day at 12.00 am there is a concert by the young singers’ choir of L’Escolania de Montserrat, one of the most important choirs in Europe. Getting to know Montserrat is a perfect idea for half-day or 1 day excursion from Barcelona. The Holy Mary of Montserrat is the patron saint of Catalonia.
Located in the central part of Andorra the Sanctuary of Meritxell is the most important place for the Catholic Church in the little Country of the Pyrenees. You will find there two churches: the older one, which is a monument of Romanesque Style and a new sanctuary, designed by the famous Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. His inspirations for the project of the new sanctuary were the Andorran landscapes, its mountains and valleys. Nowadays, the day of the Holy Virgin of Meritxell is one of only four bank holidays in Andorra (8th September). The Holy Mary of Meritxell is thel patron saint of this traditionally religious country. The Principality of Andorra is located in the Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France and is just about 468 km2 – but filled up with beautiful nature and Romanesque architecture.
The tradition says that the Apostle James during his travels in Spain saw Mary next to the river Ebro – just as it she was still alive! The Sanctuary of Pilar in Zaragoza is today the biggest Baroque church of Spain and one of the most brilliant and exquisite religious centres in Western Europe. You can even appreciate some of Goya’s frescoes inside the shrine. The Virgin revealed to St. James standing on a marble column (in Spanish: pilar), which was used in the construction of the first church. The word “pilar” has even became a feminine name in Spain. The Holy Mary of Pilar is the saint patron of Spain as well. Now Zaragoza is a young and active city of sciences and culture, which even held the World Expo 2008.
1 overnight stay with breakfast in 3* Hotel in Montserrat
2 overnight stays with breakfast in 3* Hotel in Andorra
2 overnight stays with breakfast in 3* Hotel in Lourdes
1 overnight stay with breakfast in 3* Hotel in Barbastro (Torreciudad)
1 overnight stay with breakfast in 3* Hotel in Zaragoza
Price from 266,00 € per person