It is a symbol of spirituality, catalanity and incomparable natural setting, which contemplates the Catalan people from a comfortable and central territorial position: Montserrat is about 50 km from Barcelona. For many Catalans, an excursion to Montserrat is one of the indispensable events of each year. In Calella de la Costa, province of Barcelona, a pilgrimage is organized to go as a group to the mountain of Montserrat during the dates close to All Saints’ Day.
As we have already commented in some other post, the vigil of All Saints is a special night in Catalonia, because it has its own party, the “Castanyada”, in which chestnuts and “panellets” are tasted with friends and family. The people of Calella who come to Montserrat celebrate the festivities of the” Castanyada” and All Saints’ Day in the mountains, accompanied by the other visitors from all over Catalonia.