How to Visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

How to visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Surely if you are reading this post, it is because you are interested in knowing how to visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius of Loyola where he lived a year of his life and wrote The Spiritual Exercises, the basis of the Jesuit doctrine.

This mystical cave is located in Manresa, 66 km away from Barcelona, and very close to the mountain and Monastery of Montserrat. 

MANRESA is the town where San Ignacio de Loyola or Saint Ignatius of Loyola settled down and remained for 11 months in 1522. He was fascinated by its beauty, location by the Cardener river, and the kindness of its inhabitants who took care of that poor Pilgrim who had walked down Montserrat without shoes.

Manresa has nowadays around 78,000 inhabitants, and besides the Cave, it also has the wonderful Basilica de Santa Maria de la Seu, built in the XIV century by Berenguer de Montagut, the same architect who built the beautiful Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona. 

There are several universities in Manresa, textile, and metallurgy industries and agriculture. But above all, what makes this town attractive for the visitors is its JESUIT HERITAGE.

BY TRAIN

If you have plenty of time, you can reach Manresa by train. The train ride (line R5) takes about 82 minutes, and once you get there, you have to walk up to the cave for about 15 minutes. The frequency of trains can be found on the official website of Ferrocarils de la Generalitat.

JESUIT HERITAGE IN MANRESA

Iñigo de Loyola (1791-1556) was the youngest of a family of 13 children. As a young man, Iñigo had a great interest in military exercises. He joined the army at seventeen. He participated in many battles without injury himself. 

But in 1521, at the Battle of Pamplona, a cannonball wounded one of his legs and broke the other. He had to rest. Religious orders ran hospitals in those days, and the reading material available for the patients tended to be selected from scripture or devotional literature.  This is how Íñigo came to read a series of religious texts on the life of Jesus and the lives of saints.

While in recovery, he underwent a spiritual conversion; he abandoned his military life and devoted himself to labor for God, following spiritual leaders such as Francis of Assis.

After his recovery, his desire to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem grew. On the way, he overnighted at Montserrat, where he experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. The next day, he left his sword, gave away all his fine clothes, and dressed in rough clothes and sandals. He walked down the mountain and arrived at Manresa, where he stayed 11 months of his life.

His stay in Manresa marked his destiny as well as that of the city and its inhabitants.

IF YOU GO TO MANRESA, YOU SHOULD ALSO GO TO MONTSERRAT

Montserrat, located about 20 km from Manresa, is visited every year by 1,5 million visitors, mostly for its geological beauty and its spiritual and historical importance. If you have never been there, it is worth it, being so close once place from the other. We recommend visiting Manresa first and the Monastery of Montserrat after.

HOW TO GET TO MONTSERRAT?

You can reach Montserrat on your own, coming from Barcelona or Manresa. You take the train (line R5) until MONISTROL DE MONTSERRAT. Once you get off at that town, there are 2 options to go up and reach the monastery:

      1. The cable car www.aeridemontserrat.com 

      2. The cogwheel railway www.cremallerademontserrat.cat 

However, calculating the schedules to visit the two places on the same day can be stressful and complicated, since you will have to change transport a few times. It is not impossible but complicated. Depending on the time of the year, the frequency of these transports is quite limited. Also, sunlight and low winter temperatures make it difficult to reach these places by public transport.

At Skip The Line Barcelona, we offer you a comfortable way to visit the cave of San Ignacio de Loyola in Manresa and Montserrat on the same day. Instead of wasting hours searching and planning train schedules, you will enjoy the in-depth knowledge of one of our official guides, and you will travel comfortably in a private vehicle that will pick you up and leave you at your place.

IMPORTANT FOR SOLO TRAVELERS:

If you want to visit the Cave, but the chauffeured tour’s price exceeds your budget, we can arrange for you a tour with public transportation, it will take longer, but if you don’t mind, then we encourage you to send us a mail at info@skipthelinebarcelona.com.

Here you can see and BOOK our TOUR Montserrat and Cave of Saint Ignatius.

We share here  the timetable to visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius in case you´d like to go on your own, but you can always ask us for advice:

Winter Hours
From 1 October to 28 February:
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and holy days of a precept from 10 to 11,30 am
Sundays and days of precept: at 12 o’clock celebrating the Eucharist.

Summer Schedules:
From 1 March to 30 September:
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and holy days of a precept from 10 to 11,30 am

Sundays and days of precept: at 12 o’clock celebrating the Eucharist.

To finish, if you like to know more about the Jesuits in Catalonia, we encourage you to watch this video “Jesuïtes a Catalunya,” you will learn about the stay of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Manresa. Enjoy it!

Montserrat/Saint Ignatius tour
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