Start your last day in Sant Cugat at the greatest medieval monastery in the county of Barcelona. The enormous Gothic rose window of the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat, which presides over the façade, gives a clue as to its importance, as do the walls and the towers which were built in the 14th century and remain standing today. The Benedictine Abbey has its origins in the ninth century, and both the church and the cloister, which is the jewel in the monastery’s crown with its Romanesque capitals, have been preserved in very good condition and deserve your careful attention. The cloister also hosts the headquarters of the Sant Cugat Museum, around which lie the chapter house and the old monastery buildings. The museum opened in 2003, and offers an exhibition on the monumental ensemble, Romanesque monasteries and medieval monks, as well as temporary exhibitions on art and local issues.
Having seen the town’s most important heritage site, you can now shift gears completely and head for Mercantic, at number 120 Avinguda de Rius i Taulet. There you’ll find a permanent market selling furniture, antiques and curiosities, as well as hosting plenty of activities, especially at weekends. If your visit is on a Sunday, at Sala El Siglo you’ll find a vermouth hour with live music and an extensive gastronomic selection by popular local restaurants, making Mercantic a great place to browse and to eat and drink. With lunch over, perhaps it’s the right time to leave Sant Cugat and head back home.