Montserrat has always made it a prime concern to meet all the needs of people arriving here, whether as pilgrims or as visitors to the sanctuary.
In medieval times, after the long and arduous journey, pilgrims would keep vigil with the image of Our Lady for three days and three nights. The monastery welcomed them and provided them with food and products made at the sanctuary workshops.
Today, Montserrat’s shops are the modern equivalent of the old monastery workshops. They sell both basic products and traditional fare: typical Catalan cakes and pastries from the bakery (coques, carquinyolis, ametllats, etc.), liqueurs made from mountain herbs, and pottery, once made by the monks of Montserrat.