Visit Vilanova

Blog News

The ronda way from Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltrú

The ronda way from Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltrú

Little pleasures of life… There are few better plans than going for a leisurely walk, feeling the sea breeze and the sun on your face, taking spectacular photographs, cooling off in a hidden cove and ending the morning with a nice vermouth on a terrace by the sea.

If you are seduced by this place, very close to Barcelona, between Sitges and Vilanova i la Geltrú, there is an attractive stretch of coastline that you can easily walk along an old coastal path. This is the Ruta de les Cales de Garraf, an itinerary that follows part of the GR-92 long-distance footpath through beautiful seascapes that combine peaks, penya-segats, small caps and quiet, secluded coves.

You don’t even need to take your car, as, for example, from Barcelona you can easily reach Sitges by train in just over half an hour. If you are spending a few days in Sitges, this is a perfect excursion that you can do in just half a day.

 Laura Rangel | Journalist

The coastal paths

A large part of the Catalan coastline is criss-crossed by small paths that run parallel to the sea, crossing beautiful cliffs and discovering hidden beaches. Known as coastal paths, they owe their name to their original use. In the past, these paths were trodden by guards and smugglers: one used to make the rounds to make sure that no ship disembarked without paying customs duties, the other used them to smuggle smuggled goods.

After decades of disuse, these coastal paths have been recovered today as ideal routes for inexperienced walkers, amateur photographers and nature lovers.

The section from Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltrú is very easy and has little gradient. It runs parallel to the train tracks and offers the attraction of constant views of the coastline, with privileged viewpoints from which to discover the rugged coastline of this part of the Garraf region. Instagramers and tiktokers will enjoy taking spectacular panoramic views and don’t forget to share your photos with us with the hashtag #VisitVilanova!

Leaving Sitges

Leaving from the Renfe train station in Sitges, take one of the streets that go down towards the sea until you reach the seafront promenade. Once there, we must start walking southwards, towards the right, leaving behind us the emblematic church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, one of the iconic images of Sitges.

If we get up early enough, we can enjoy the unusual image of deserted beaches, very different without the crowds that throng them on summer days. On the Passeig Marítim itself, a little further on, you will see the Anquines beach on your left, which forms a small bay.

Before reaching the end of the promenade, there are stairs leading down to the beach of Còdols and the Riera de Ribes. Here you should look for the red and white lines that mark the GR-92 itinerary, which is the long-distance footpath that you will follow throughout the route.

As its name indicates, the beach of Còdols (pebbles in Catalan) is quite stony. Crossing the Riera de Ribes is no problem. It is usually dry or has barely a sheet of water on it.

Once you have crossed the stream, continue walking and leave the Terramar Golf Club on your right. In a few minutes you will pass in front of what remains of the old Atlantida discotheque, now abandoned. As a curiosity, a Roman necropolis has been found in its car park.

At this point the path starts to gain height to go over a small hill that the railway crosses through a tunnel.

Camino de Ronda de Vilanova i la Geltrú: Landscapes that have little to envy on the Costa Brava.

per @visitvilanova @LauRangelMartin Tweet

Nudist beach

Between Punta de les Coves and Desenrocada, the idyllic cove of L’Home Mort is an ideal place to achieve a perfect tan without marks. Playa de l’Home Mort in particular is a historic nudist beach with an LGTBI atmosphere that was one of the first in the world when naturism began to be practised there in the 1930s. It is surrounded by cliffs, but if you go down there during the bathing season you can enjoy the services of the beach bar.

Did you know that...?

Prehistoric caves, with great care, from the tip of the Caves we can go down to a small cove of boulders and enter one of the caves that give it its name.

Prehistoric caves

With great care, from the point of Les Coves we can go down to a small pebble cove and enter one of the caves that give it its name. In one of these caves, one of the oldest prehistoric human remains in Catalonia has been found: a jawbone of Neanderthal man, between 100,000 and 40,000 years old.

After Platja de l’Home Mort, we go up a small slope until we reach a crossroads. We continue along the one that indicates 4 kilometres towards Vilanova, along the “corriol costaner”. The town is already visible in the distance, and from this point you will also have wonderful views of the cove and Punta de l’Home Mort.

Momentarily you leave the railway track to reach Punta Grossa. From here we border the Xica cove and return to the railway line.

Arriving in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Follow the path and pass behind the house known as the Chalet de la Sal, just before Punta Llarga. Here we move a little further away from the track to enjoy the views from a new viewpoint.

We have now reached the start of Vilanova. Follow the GR-92 markings towards the centre along the street Pujada del Far de Sant Cristòfol, flanked by some beautiful houses of indianos.

You reach the Sant Cristòfol hermitage, which already appears in documents from the 14th century and also gives its name to the beach in front of it. We can go down to the sand down some steps to see the Punta Mabrera bunker, an old machine-gun nest from which Vilanova was protected during the Civil War.

Escapes to Vilanova i la Geltrú Accommodation where to sleep

Sant Cristòfol lighthouse / Espai Far

Next to the seashore, the current Sant Cristòfol lighthouse dates back to 1905 and currently houses the Museu del Mar de Vilanova i la Geltrú and the Museu de Curiositats Marineres Roig Toqués (Roig Toqués Museum of Maritime Curiosities). It is called Espai Far and inside you can admire its collection of photographs, models of boats, fishing gear, etc.

Even if we do not visit the museum, it is worth visiting the garden, where there are propellers, anchors, shipwrecks… It is a pleasant place with shadows, trees and grass, perfect for resting at the end of our tour.

Things to do in Vilanova i la Geltrú

Finish with some prawns or a "xatonada" in Vilanova...

Finish with some prawns or a “xatonada” in Vilanova…

You can round off the day with a stroll along the seafront promenade, the Iberian settlement of Adarró or the Ribes Roges Park, where on Sunday mornings there is a little manned train that will delight the little ones.

If you have any energy left, Visit Vilanova offers all kinds of sporting activities, experiences and slow tourism.

In the port, you must try the delicious Vilanova prawns, a xató or a sweet malvasia wine in the restaurants El Nàutic, Macot or 1918 Cuina de Mar.

If we want to return to Sitges we can do it walking or by train. Vilanova station is located in Plaça Eduard Maristany, and right next to it is the spectacular Railway Museum, a visit not to be missed.

1918 Cuina de Mar
El Nàutic
Museu del Ferrocarril

Practical advice

The trail has virtually no shade, so in summer or spring it is essential to bring a hat, sunglasses, water and sun cream. A swimming costume and towel are optional, but we wouldn’t leave home without them!

The route is easy but runs over tarmac, paths, rocks, sand and probably wet sections, so we recommend avoiding flip-flops and opting for safer footwear.

Bear in mind that there is only one beach bar along the way, the one at Cala de l’Home Mort. It’s a good idea to bring a snack or even some food for a picnic in one of the coves.

Technical details

  • Starting point: Sitges seafront promenade.
  • Distance: Approximately 9 km.
  • Time: 2h 30′ approximately.
  • Cumulative difference in altitude: +/- 50 metres.
  • Signposting: Just follow the two markings, white and red, of the GR-92. The path always passes close to the sea and never crosses the railway line, so you can’t get lost!
  • Track:
  • When to go: You can walk the coastal path all year round, although it is best to avoid the hottest days. Spring is the best time of year if you want to enjoy the coves without the typical summer crowds.
  • Difficulty: It is a short walk, with no gradients or complications. A walk suitable for anyone.
  • Children: The route can be done with children, but you must be careful in some sections along the tracks.

Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting…

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Laura Rangel


Archaeological site of Adarró: one day

At the end of the seafront promenade of Ribes Roges, in the town of Vilanova i la Geltrú, is the archaeological site of Darró or Adarró. In the Iberian period it was one of the most important settlements of Cossetan culture, and during the Roman Empire it was one of the main villas in the area.

Joan Garcia Targa, apassionat arqueòleg

Today it is an archaeological site that can be visited where adults can relive the history of Vilanova and the little ones will enjoy family activities. Tell us Joan Garcia Targa, a passionate archaeologist hired by the Local Archaeological Heritage Service of the Diputació de Barcelona, that you can get to know in person if you go to any of the free visits that he makes every weekend and holiday in Adarró. You can also arrange a weekday visit with him.

Vilanova a thousand years before Vilanova

What is the history of the site?

The site of Adarró was discovered in the late 1970s or early 1980s.  As a result of the construction of some apartments, a series of finds of Roman burial remains were made. Later, in the mid-1980s, with the construction of other apartment blocks, construction remains belonging to an Iberian settlement began to emerge. 

Which institutions currently take care of the archaeological ensemble?

In the end this Iberian part ended up buying it from the Diputació de Barcelona, which gives maintenance and organizes the visits. There is also a part of municipal property, which is an Iberian part but with a Roman settlement on top. Within the same site we have a private part, the Xalet del Nin on the hill of Sant Gervasi. Currently, weddings and events are held, and scary films have been shot… From time to time we also visit it, because every time works have been carried out in the villa or in its garden, Iberian remains have come out. Therefore, the site of Adarró is much larger than the part that is visited. 

What time do the different ruins of Adarró date from?

We know that the highest part, in the area of the Xalet del Nin, is the oldest. There we have found ceramics from the 5th to 4th centuries BC. They are ceramics of Greek origin that arrive here in Vilanova Adarró through trade with Empúries. And from the 4th century onwards they began to settle on the hillside that runs parallel to the coastline,  that at that time was 150 meters further away. There was a kind of industrial area there. During the excavations it was seen that there was a blacksmith’s neighborhood and a neighborhood of potters, that is, they were organized as if they were medieval guilds, according to the work activities they did. 

When do the Romans arrive?

All this Iberian settlement continues until the 1st century BC, which is when Adarró begins to have a Roman occupation and the Iberian settlement is abandoned. The Romans build on top of a part of what had been the ancient settlement. They begin to build what is called a Roman villa, which is a kind of farmhouse, to understand us. In it there are ovens to make amphorae and pack the wine they produced in this area, there are warehouses, presses… an industrial or pre-industrial installation. Roman villas were basically wine-making centres. And since this business works very well, after a while the owner could access a series of goods and construction tools and spaces that were not available to everyone. This can be seen in a part that was restored in 2017. When the train track was made in 1880 columns, capitals, fragments of mosaics appeared… a whole series of elements that indicate that there was a space with a certain luxury. It is a villa of a gentleman who must have had a first residence in Tarragona or Barcelona. Surely he had a farmer or a manager who exploited the land, the vineyard, the olive tree, the cereals… and he came from time to time to collect the benefits.

Children can enjoy the visit by getting their hands dirty in a traditional construction workshop and an introductory activity to archaeology.

Actividad familiar en vilanova i la geltrú

Building like the Iberians of Adarró

Now offer family workshops designed for children. What does construction activity consist of?

It’s called “Let´s build like the Iberians of Adarró.” It consists of making “tovot” walls, mixing clay with straw and water. The kids get dirty that you don’t see, but they have a great time. They build a little bit like the Iberians did. They put this clay with water and straw in some moulds and make a kind of clay tiles or bricks that with two days of sun dry and harden. 

This was the material and way of doing the Iberians here in the Adarró. Today when you visit what you see are the remains of the houses. There is a street that the houses were a part made of stone, which is the one that has been preserved, and the rest, that is, the walls, the ceiling and up to the first floor were made of clay, of “tovot”. All this has not been preserved, and what we see is like the skeleton, like the cementation of houses. They reach up to a maximum of 1.20 meters, but they would be much higher.

We act as archaeologists for a day

And the workshop “Archaeologist for a day”?

We have a sandpit. That is, a rectangle where we have put special sand and a grid. And we buried a series of aftershocks there. We explain to the children a little the ecological method, so that they do not limit themselves to making holes, but that they go down to little by little… And based on the objects they find and according to the way they have, we discuss what their function could be and we talk about everyday life in antiquity. We also explain what kind of pieces we find in the excavations and where they come from: Ibiza, Carthage, Greece, Rome… It should be noted that these workshops are carried out thanks to the selfless collaboration of Josep Carbonell Vidallet, retired and UNED humanities student who pours great passion and empathy with children and not so many children.

If you're liking the post, share it on your social networks!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram

Objects of Greek, Ibizan, Carthaginian origin…

What coud we say that Adarró differs from other sites in Garraf or Catalonia?

It is a place that has a continuity of use that is occupied from the 5th century BC, in the Iberian period, until the 6th century after Christ. That is, for more than a thousand years people lived there.

Another interesting aspect is trade. In the excavations, objects of Adarró’s own production have been emerging, such as ceramics, glasses, jewelry, casseroles, amphorae, jars… And also objects that come from other parts of the Mediterranean: Greeks, Ibicencos, Carthaginians, Italians, southern France and other areas of the Iberian Peninsula of Beasts and Andalusia above all.

How do you identify the source of each object?

Ceramics is a fantastic invention that seems to be made by archaeologists, because since the Neolithic it has been changing production techniques, and it also has an iconographic and decorative aspect. It is an everyday object that reaches practically to this day and has followed fashions over time. For example, in Greek times they were mostly varnished in black, with spectacular figures and brutal quality. All this is very well studied in Greece and other sites in European countries, and it can be very precise if a piece is from the first half of the IV or the second half of the III, because they followed some very specific modes and topics. Then, in Roman times, ceramics go from blackish colors to a chocolate-colored orange reddish type called stealth because they sometimes carried a potter’s seal. They have much less quality than the Greek pieces, which are incredible, but they had much more diffusion, because the Romans did everything on an industrial level. At certain times it was fashionable to decorate with rabbits or gladiators or with erotic scenes… And these time lapses are very precise, with margins of twenty years.

The Mystery Estefanos

Is there any piece that is especially emblematic of those found in Adarró?

Everything has been discovered here. A small altar has been discovered with Iberian remains where they did the ritual cremation of perfumes. From Roman times, for example, a snippet of the sundial has been discovered, and a few years ago, in 2018, we found what is called a foundation offering. The Romans, like many other cultures of antiquity when they made a new work or renovation of an important house, made an offering. They buried a very simple ceramic jug with a chicken egg inside. Because chicken egg was a symbol of fertility. And in this burial they performed a ritual with which they asked for help from the gods and ancestors to make that house work well: that the lands were fertile and had a good production, that the women of the family were also fertile… The particularity of this jug that we discovered in 2018 is that it came out practically entirely, except for a glass, and there were more than half an egg preserved. But the most interesting thing is that, when cleaning the outside, a graffiti came out in Greek with the name of a person: Estefanos. 

Why is it in Greek and not Latin? 

In Roman times people who had a lot of money put their children teachers of Greek origin. When Rome conquered Greece in the mid-2nd century BC, many educated slaves arrived in Rome, and many families put them in charge of their children. They were taught mathematics, literature, philosophy and Greek. 

Who could be this Estefanos? 

We have two hypotheses. One, who was the owner or son of the owner of the Roman villa. There is a second hypothesis that is more romantic but unlikely, which is that he was a trusted slave, a teacher. And that, upon completion of the ritual of that offering, the family asked this gentleman to finish burying the piece. And Estefanos, with a spatula, would have written his name before burying it. This hypothesis is more romantic but less possible.

The name Darró or Adarró comes from the Indo-European language and refers to two geographical accidents: the "small hill" of Sant Gervasi, and "the moving water" of the wetlands that used to be in the area.

One of the most excavated sites in Catalonia

The pieces found in Adarró where they are exhibited?

There is a part that is in the Víctor Balaguer Museum in Vilanova i la Geltrú, which is basically a art gallery but also houses a miscellany of collections of all signs from China, India, the Philippines, Central America, Egypt… And among these collections there is a showcase with pieces of Adarró. 

Are there any plans to follow the excavations in Adarró?

Together with Empúries, Ullastret and Olèrdola, L’Adarró is one of the Catalan sites that has been excavating continuously for longer. Since it was discovered in the late 1970s it has practically been excavated continuously. The last campaign was a field of work in 2019. In 2020 and 2021 it was cut off by COVID-19. And this year I guess we can start the excavations again.

Actividad con niños en vilanova i la geltrú

Practical data

The Iberian settlement and the Roman villa of Darró or Adarró, extends at the end of the seafront promenade of Ribes Roges, on both sides of the train track, and the hill of Sant Gervasi.

Currently, part of the Iberian remains located at the foot of the hill can be visited. They correspond basically to an artisanal neighborhood that had the largest activity in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. There is a main street with stone sidewalks and porches.  On both sides there are a series of buildings where the ground floor was dedicated to craft activity and on the first floor the houses were located.

On the adjoining estate you can also visit the urban part of the Roman villa established at the beginning of the 2nd century AD.

In addition, the archaeological ensemble organizes a series of extraordinary activities such as historical recreations (Museum Night, Iberian Weekend or European Heritage Days), school visits and other groups, visits to the Chalet del Nin… All these initiatives promoted by the Diputació de Barcelona and the City Council of Vilanova are free.

Thank you for reading, sharing on your social networks and commenting.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Laura Rangel

Advantages of choosing Vilanova i la Geltrú as a destination for MICE tourism

With its infrastructures, mild climate, long beaches, wide range of cultural and leisure activities, its location half an hour from both Barcelona and Tarragona, and close to many first class tourist attractions… Vilanova i la Geltrú is an ideal destination for MICE tourism.

Vilanova i la Geltrú has a wide range of activities and spaces, from MICE spaces to restaurants and an infinite number of shops.

In this article we detail the range of venues in the city and explain why Vilanova i la Geltrú is the ideal location to organize your event, whether it is professional, sporting, recreational…

Half an hour from Barcelona Airport

Turismo Mice en Vilanova i la Geltrú

The strategic location of Vilanova i la Geltrú is one of the main assets of the capital of Garraf as a MICE tourism destination. Half an hour from both Barcelona and Tarragona, Vilanova i la Geltrú has an extensive communications network and is easily accessible by private car, train, bus and even by sea.

From Barcelona airport it takes only 35 minutes to get to Vilanova i la Geltrú. From Barcelona-Sants AVE station, in 45 minutes, and from Camp de Tarragona station, in 50 minutes.

A city open to the sea

Vilanova i la Geltrú is the Mediterranean at its best. Its character is that of a historic seafaring town, which today has one of the most important fishing ports in Catalonia. And this can be seen in the delicious local gastronomy on offer, with star products such as Vilanova prawns and dishes such as xató de or bull de tonyina.

For visitors, one of Vilanova i la Geltrú’s strong points is the combination of a mild climate all year round and more than six kilometers of wide beaches, with fine golden sand and calm, shallow waters. The town belongs to the Costa Barcelona tourist area, and can boast of being a paradise far from the tourist overcrowding of other towns along the coast.

In addition to the fishing port, Vilanova also has an important marina and a marina specializing in large boats.

An environment full of possibilities for all kinds of events.

If we look inland, Vilanova i la Geltrú is surrounded by a privileged natural environment. Here we find the natural parks of El Garraf, Olèrdola and El Foix, and the vineyards of the D.O. Penedès. Active and sustainable tourism activities, among others, are endless.

A little further on, in a diameter of a few kilometers around the city, there are tourist attractions of all kinds: charming towns such as Sitges, the Montserrat massif, the Cistercian monasteries, the Port Aventura theme park… A wealth of heritage, landscapes and leisure activities.

A great cultural and festive heritage

The urban layout of Vilanova i la Geltrú includes one of the longest promenades in Catalonia. The city treasures a great architectural heritage in the form of monuments, buildings, palaces, churches, squares full of history, and even the castle of La Geltrú, which offers its unique courtyard to host events of all kinds.

Up to seven museums make up an outstanding cultural offer. Some of them are available as venues for the organization of your event, such as the Railway Museum of Catalonia, the Can Papiol Romantic Museum or the Victor Balaguer Library-Museum.

There is a great cultural and leisure offer, with a festive heritage headed by one of the biggest carnivals in Catalonia.

Equipamientos para MICe en Vilaniova i la Geltrú

MICE Spaces

Vilanova i la Geltrú has a wide and varied range of venues available for holding all kinds of MICE events. These are some of the most important spaces:

Railway Museum of Catalonia

It houses one of the best collections of steam locomotives in Europe, with more than fifty railway vehicles. It offers various spaces for organizing events, both indoors and outdoors.


This Technology and Ideas Space is a meeting point for companies, professionals and entrepreneurs. It hosts innovation activities, technological dissemination, scientific congresses… It has an auditorium with a capacity for 200 people and other indoor and outdoor spaces.

Higher Polytechnic School of Engineering of Vilanova i la Geltrú

This is the university reference point in El Garraf. It offers various degrees in Engineering, Marine Sciences and Technologies and master’s degrees. It has classrooms, study rooms, meeting rooms and a large assembly hall with capacity for up to 190 people.

Can Papiol Romantic Museum

This house-museum is located right in the center of Vilanova i la Geltrú, and its rooms evoke the daily life of a wealthy family in the 19th century. Its most emblematic space for holding events is the large romantic garden. In addition, on the fourth floor there are three open-plan rooms that offer a wide range of possibilities.

Castell de La Geltrú

In the historic center of La Geltrú stands this castle built on the base of an old medieval fortress. It currently houses the Regional Historical Archive, and offers a very special setting for holding small-scale events in its stone courtyard. It can hold up to 100 people.

Víctor Balaguer Museum Library

It is located next to a large nineteenth-century garden, and was one of the first buildings in Catalonia to be built specifically for use as a museum. It is possible to organize events in the library, the noble house and the gardens.

Masia d’en Cabanyes

This neoclassical-style farmhouse was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2014. The Romantic poet Manuel de Cabanyes lived here, and it currently houses the Romanticism Research Centre. Various spaces are rented out for private, social and business events: the Sala de las Bóvedas, the Sala Alexandre de Cabanyes, the porticoed gallery and the gardens.

Eduard Toldrà Auditorium

A modern auditorium (built in 2011) fully prepared for holding shows, conferences and congresses. It has a room for catering services and two halls with 409 and 150 seats.

La Daurada

A multi-purpose, Mediterranean multi-purpose space, completely overlooking the sea, capable of adapting to all needs. A space for large-scale events, unique in Catalonia, with a concert hall, restaurants, terraces, discotheque and private cove... It has a private car park.

Teatre Principal

It was built in 1835 in the Italian style of the time, and today it is the main theater of the city. It has a capacity for more than 300 people.

Other outstanding venues are the Club Nàutic Vilanova and the Xalet del Nin, among many others.

Other facilities

In addition to all these facilities, there are many sports facilities of all kinds, ranging from skateboarding to athletics, swimming, paddle tennis, basketball, handball, figure skating…

In short, Vilanova i la Geltrú is a quality MICE tourism destination that offers many possibilities for organizing your next event.

Please read, share on your social networks and comment!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Laura Rangel
Scroll to Top


Vilanova i la Geltrú

18:30 a 21:00h
× Info