Món Sant Benet
The history of Món Sant Benet dates all the way back to the Middle Ages, to the year 950 AD to be precise, when a noble family decided to build a monastery to house a community of Benedictine monks. The suppression of the religious orders in the 19th century marked the end of monastic activity in Sant Benet and the site was abandoned until 1907, when the family of the painter Ramon Casas turned it into its summer retreat. The monastery has now recovered its architectural splendour and some fascinating guided tours are organised there. Sign up for one if you’d like to explore the Romanesque, Gothic, baroque and Catalan modernist parts of the monastery!
Another interesting building within the Món Sant Benet complex is the old textile factory located right next to a canal of the
Would you prefer to take the kids along to Sant Benet? No problem! Every weekend, all sorts of family-friendly fun activities are organised to make sure you enjoy your day trip to the monastery... Family-friendly tours of the historical building, science discovery workshops or agricultural activities in the kitchen garden of the Benedictine monks are just a few of the options for exploring this unique site with the kids.
Special mention must be made of the Alícia Foundation, the gastronomic and scientific research project housed in Món Sant Benet. The foundation was created in 2003 by the chef Ferran Adrià and the cardiologist Valentí Fuster. Its facilities include a laboratory, an auditorium and a kitchen, where you can learn how to prepare dishes so delicious you’ll be licking your fingers! Sound tasty? Check out the workshop schedule!
Yes, we know: there’s so much to see at Món Sant Benet! Why don’t you stay the night and take things more slowly? There’s a very pretty hotel on the site: