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The Fira de Novembre 2022 will once again fill the streets of Vilanova i la Geltrú

3 things you must do at Fira de Novembre 2022

  • Enjoy all the gastronomic offerings at the stands, food trucks and the tapas route.
  • Roll up in the Agency of Secrets and play with augmented reality.
  • Taste sports such as rugby, fencing or golf.

The Fira de Novembre is one of the must-attend events on the calendar in Vilanova i la Geltrú. The main commercial event of the year brings the whole town out onto the streets, bringing together companies and organisations from all over the Garraf and Penedès regions.

After two very difficult years marked by the pandemic, the Fira de Novembre is back to 100% this year. From 11 to 13 November, the action returns to the public space of Vilanova and the forecasts are that the large numbers of thousands of visitors that the fair used to have every year before COVID-19 will be repeated. Watch out, because the 2019 edition had around 100,000 visitors.

In 2022, the multi-sector fair will once again be the perfect excuse to showcase, socialise and have fun discovering the full range of economic, cultural and leisure activities on offer in Vilanova i la Geltrú. The focus remains on the sector of innovation, knowledge and technology applied to different areas of everyday life. But the Fira arrives at its 31st edition in the modern era full of surprises, ready to adapt to new trends.

New exhibitor map

The return to the on-site format is accompanied by changes in the Fira’s different locations. This year the trade and local economic fabric stands will be located on the upper section of the Rambla, as far as Avinguda Francesc Macià. At Col-legi street there will be the city’s organisations and, from this point to the railway line, there will be stands for service companies.

In the Plaça de la Vila there will be the VNG Innova area, dedicated to future projects for a more sustainable city, and in the Baix a Mar park there will be the motor area.

During the three days there will be exhibitions of classic cars and motorbikes, and there will also be Formula 1 prototypes and racing motorbikes from the Vilanova i la Geltrú UPC Campus E3 Team, a global local engineering project. The youngest children, from the age of three, will be able to enjoy discovering drifting with the electric mini karts.

Expectations are high, because almost half of the participants, 44%, will be making their debut this year at the big fair in Vilanova. There will be food, automotive, commerce and services companies, entities, institutions and companies, many of them excited to present themselves for the first time at the Fira de Novembre.

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The Fira de Novembre is the biggest in the Garraf and Penedès: in the last edition before the pandemic, in 2019, it brought together more than 100,000 visitors.

Three spaces and a tapas route for foodies

As for the good food that is always the star of the Fira de Novembre, the traditional food outlets will go from the railway line to the monument to Francesc Macià, where there will also be a small stage and six food trucks. On the other hand, the food and wine area will be in Plaça de les Neus, with 14 food and drink tents and another stage for live music performances.

Finally, in Plaça Soler i Carbonell there will be a space dedicated to 0-kilometre products, craft beers and family activities, as well as an exhibition of carriages. And on the 11th you’ll be able to buy fish at a traditional “enchanted” auction, with the sellers singing the fish as they used to do in the old days.

In addition, the Fira de Novembre weekend coincides with the start of Destapa Vilanova, a tapas route that brings together local gastronomy and points of tourist or emblematic interest in the city. Each tapa is accompanied by a glass of local wine, chosen for the occasion by each of the eleven participating bars and restaurants.

The Agency of Secrets, an augmented reality game

The great novelty of this year’s VNG Innova space is the Agency of Secrets, an interactive and gamified experience that allows visitors to get to know Vilanova i la Geltrú through ten analogue, digital and virtual reality games.

Become an agent of the Agency of Secrets and discover the best kept mysteries of the city through ten different but interconnected games. Some require walking routes, others search for hidden symbologies in the streets or visit places that are invisible without virtual reality goggles. Together they form a fictional story inspired by real events linked to the history of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

This is a pioneering project, the largest gamified tourism promotion project in Spain, and promises to be a great immersive experience for the whole family.

Vilanova rolls out the red carpet for visitors

La Rambla will act as the backbone of the Fira de Novembre 2022, an idea that the official poster for the event aims to convey. The design celebrates the return to the origins, the exhibition in the street, showing as a graphic element a DNA chain that represents La Rambla and at the same time refers to the concepts of innovation, knowledge and technology that the fair wishes to represent.

In addition, to pay tribute to the true protagonists of the Fira de Novembre, this year the Rambla will have a section with a red carpet, special lighting and a decoration with photographs of emblematic places in the city. This VIP area in the style of the big film festivals will be 42 metres long and will be installed at the height of Avinguda Francesc Macià. It will undoubtedly be a must-see selfie spot.

All so that visitors can enjoy yourselves as the real protagonists that you are. The organisers wanted to express in this way how they have missed the public over the last two years.

Activities for all tastes

The Fira de Novembre’s programme of activities is more packed than ever with all kinds of proposals.

  • If you are looking for a new sport to practice, you can try fencing, rugby or golf with different introductory activities. 
  • If you are passionate about technology and gadgets with your family, you can fly drones, learn how to create video games, build virtual reality scenarios, draw with a computer…

If you want to discover Vilanova’s artistic and cultural heritage, during the Fira all the city’s museums are free of charge, and you can also get discounts for the shows promoted by Escena Vilanova.

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This year there are more exhibitors than ever, and 44% of them are making their first appearance at the Fira.

2022: the year of the relaunch of Fira de Novembre

La Fira de Novembre 2022

The Fira de Novembre 2022 should be a turning point and a relaunch of the country’s leading multi-sector fair thanks to the new model agreed between the city’s political, social and economic agents. In the words of the mayoress, Olga Arnau: “We continue to focus on the innovation sector, knowledge and technology applied to different areas of everyday life.

We are moving forward with a new Fira format to adapt to new trends and, above all, to reinforce the positioning of our Fira de Novembre not only as an economic benchmark within the Penedès region but also to project Vilanova i la Geltrú as the economic capital of the country“.

We look forward to seeing you in Vilanova i la Geltrú this Novembrer – don´t miss it!

Practical information

Fira de Novembre
Dates: From 11 to 13 November
Place: Different venues in Vilanova i la Geltrú: https://firadenovembre.cat/planol-de-la-fira

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Museo del Ferrocarril de Vilanova i la Geltrú

Passengers on the train! These are the autumn novelties at the Railway Museum of Vilanova i la Geltrú

You don’t need to be a train geek. Visiting the Railway Museum of Catalonia located in Vilanova i la Geltrú is an experience that leaves no one indifferent. Children love this unique museum in Catalonia, it’s an inexhaustible setting for photos and selfies and offers a full programme of cultural and leisure activities throughout the year.

For this autumn 2022 the Railway Museum has prepared a lot of new features, so you have no excuse to visit it for the first time or come back again if you did it a long time ago.

Collection of locomotives and passenger carriages

The collection of the Vilanova i la Geltrú Railway Museum brings together fifteen steam, diesel and electric locomotives and train carriages. These are four of the most impressive pieces.

La Mataró steam locomotive

La Mataró has been the jewel of the Railway Museum since its inauguration in 1990. Every first Sunday of the month, this replica of the first locomotive that circulated in the Iberian Peninsula starts up and goes on a tour of the facilities, up to the Crane Bridge track. There, the engine driver and the stoker show visitors how the steam engine works from the driver’s cab.

The history of the railway began in the Iberian Peninsula in 1848, when La Mataró completed the route between Barcelona and the capital of the Maresme region for the first time. Although the original Mataró did not survive the passage of time, we know that it was a locomotive of the 1-1-1 Patentee type manufactured in Great Britain. The 100% functional replica on display at the Railway Museum was built in 1948 by La Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima to celebrate the first centenary of the inaugural journey. It weighs over 30 tons and reaches a top speed of 50 km/h.

Locomotora de vapor La Mataró
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At the Vilanova i la Geltrú Railway Museum you can climb aboard locomotives and carriages and relive the history of the train in first person.

Steam locomotive Santa Fe 5001

Manufactured in the workshops of La Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima in Barcelona in 1942, the Santa Fe 5001 stood out from the rest of the locomotives built in the country due to its colossal dimensions, which placed it among the largest in Europe.

Thanks to its power of almost 4,000 hp, the Santa Fe was the steam locomotive that could pull the largest load. It weighed more than 163 tonnes and reached a top speed of between 90 and 100 km/h.

Saloon car ZZ-324

Among the passenger carriages in the Railway Museum, this luxury carriage, which was built by the state in 1928 for the travel of the authorities, is particularly noteworthy. Its completely restored interior has a series of departments for visits and long journeys: meeting room-dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen, which make it into an office on wheels. All of this is beautifully crafted with marquetry work.

The ZZ-324 saloon car weighs more than 36 tonnes and is capable of speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Talgo II locomotive with four coaches

The Talgo II, heir to the Talgo I prototype, was a real revolution in 1949. So much so that many of its innovations are still preserved in the current compositions of Talgo material: united and articulated vehicles, light, with a low centre of gravity and independent running gear, and a high level of comfort with reclining armchairs, in-seat catering, access doors at platform level, panoramic windows, air conditioning and a lookout type caboose. 

Talgo II locomotives ran until 1976, weighing 60,000 kg, developing a power output of 810 hp and reaching a maximum speed of 145 km/h.

The Rotonda building

The impressive collection of locomotives and passenger carriages of the Vilanova i la Geltrú Railway Museum is displayed in a spectacular setting. The most outstanding pieces are exhibited in the Rotonda, a modernist industrial building dating from 1919. Its quarter-circular crown shape with twelve tracks and pits was originally used for the maintenance and repair of steam locomotives.

The functions carried out by the railwaymen inside were those of greasing and preparing the locomotives for service, the supply of materials such as coal, grease, sand or water, the cleaning and conservation operations of the different elements, the repair of breakdowns and also the organisation of the driving staff to ensure the different services. 

Up to 900 employees worked at the Vilanova i la Geltrú steam depot, in an atmosphere full of smoke, soot and grease that you can relive today during your visit.

Edifici de la Rotonda
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This autumn the museum is unveiling a new passenger carriage that travels around the museum.

Activities programmed until December

A new passenger carriage touring the museum's facilities

One of the latest novelties at the Railway Museum in 2022 is the new passenger carriage that travels around the historic facilities in Vilanova i la Geltrú. It is a handcrafted wooden structure that has been built by the Association of Members and Collaborators of the Museum from historical and newly created elements and pieces. 

The new carriage is designed to be assembled on the steam locomotive “Cuco” 020-0232 (MZA 602) or on the shunting tractor 301-012-1, two machines in operation whose dimensions do not allow visitors to go inside the cab. Inside, there are two benches located on both sides of the central aisle where up to 10 people can travel. A new first-person experience at the Vilanova i la Geltrú Railway Museum.

Full speed ahead with children

It is something almost universal in all children: they love trains. At the Railway Museum they know this and have prepared a lot of activities especially designed for the little ones. Every weekend there are storytellers, and there are also workshops on Intelino, the intelligent toy trains equipped with programmable robotic technology. Check the monthly agenda on the website.

The museum also has several family areas: L’Estació Petita de Vilanova, Parc Vall de Núria and the Picnic Area.

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Guided tours

For history lovers there is a programme of guided tours, TRENexperiències, which this autumn covers topics such as the steam locomotives La Mataró and La Santa Fe, the role of the Indianos in the history of the railway, the revolution brought about by the Talgo in the mid-20th century, luxury train journeys, etc.

New exhibition: "Catalonia, a country of ingenuity and innovation"

This autumn, from 24 October to 7 November, the Railway Museum of Catalonia is hosting the temporary exhibition “Catalonia, a country of ingenuity and innovation”. This production by the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC)

takes a look at the history of the country through the contributions made by Catalan scientists over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Very interesting objects will be on display in the exhibition:

  • A reproduction of Sunifred Llobet’s astrolabe, the first one adapted to Latin numeration, and which took the Barcelona meridian as an astronomical reference (SX).
  • The Catalan Atlas by Cresques Abraham, considered to be the oldest in the world (14th century).
  • A collection of guns with Miguelete locks, the Catalan technology that became popular in portable firearms in the mid-17th century and was a great success for more than two centuries.
  • The aneroid barometer for predicting cyclones by Frederic Faura (19th century).
  • A reproduction of the Bonet tricycle (19th century), the first vehicle with an internal combustion engine to be manufactured on the Peninsula.

In addition, the exhibition will be located in the newly built panoramic hall, which offers excellent views of the museum’s locomotive collection.

Guided tours in small groups

If you prefer, you can also book a guided tour led by specialists in specific subject areas. The museum offers three possibilities:

  • Life at the Vilanova steam depot: locomotives, engine drivers and stokers. The collection of steam locomotives, the buildings where it is located, the vehicles it houses, and the most emblematic trades.
  • Electricity, diesel and signalling systems of the railway system. For railway enthusiasts, this visit explains the interlocking table and the signal bridge. In addition, the cabs of an electric locomotive and a diesel locomotive are visited.
  • Infrastructures and freight transport. A special visit to the freight area and the J carriage with an audiovisual dedicated to this means of transport and a guided tour around the Paseo Entrevías and all the elements that can be observed, including the level crossing.

Practical information

The Museu del Ferrocarril de Catalunya is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:30. It is also open on Saturday afternoons, from 16:00 to 19:30 or until 18:30 between November and February. It is closed on Mondays.

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Fira de Novembre de Vilanova i la Geltrú: the biggest open-air fair in Catalonia

3 reasons to visit Fira de Novembre

  • You won’t be bored. There will be concerts of all styles, an exhibition of classic motorbikes in the shop windows, talks on photovoltaic self-consumption, country line dancing, free guided tours of the museums…
  • A great gastronomic plan. In addition to the food and drink exhibitors taking part in the Fira, DesTaPa Vilanova is a tapas route linked to emblematic points of the city.
  • Children’s activities. Video game creation workshops, entertainment shows, hot air balloon rides… the kids will have a great time.

30 years of the modern Fira de Novembre

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the reinstatement of the Fira de Novembre, the organisers have asked the public to participate and the response has been enormous. Many local residents have contributed photographs, experiences and memories that show how this multi-sector fair is part of the city’s collective memory. All this material will form part of the activities that will commemorate this year’s anniversary of the recovery of the event.

Right from its poster, the Fira de Novembre 2021 claims its 30 years of modern history. The next edition of the Fira de Novembre, which this year 2021 will be held on the 12th, 13th and 14th, will have a strong focus on the recent history of the event.

Espai30, living history

The Espai30, located in Plaça de les Neus, will be a historical retrospective that will show with photographs and other elements how the Fira has evolved and adapted to the times, consolidating itself as one of the main events of the year and a great boost and projection for Vilanova i la Geltrú as the economic capital of the south of Barcelona.

Actions will be carried out to remember and recover the historical references of the Fira and how the people of Vilanova and Vilanova have experienced it over the years.

There will be a spherical exhibition of all the posters and graphic images of each of the editions of the modern history of the Fira de Novembre, since its revival in 1991. A curious walk through recent history to see how we have all changed in terms of colours, images, messages…

The photographic exhibition “Fem Memòria, Fem Fira” will bring together a collection of images contributed by the people of Vilanova to preserve the memory and the historical memory of the Fira de Novembre. Different exhibition mosaics will show moments, places, events, stands, visitors, guests… It will be a space for citizens to share and enjoy images and memories of the recent past, while demonstrating how the Fira is a popular event that is experienced and shared by all the inhabitants of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

In addition, an illustrated chronological chart will review the 640 years of history of the Fira de Novembre, and there will also be an audiovisual presentation and a stage with live music.

The origins of the Fira de Novembre date back to the Middle Ages.

A hybrid fair

After a 2020 edition in which the Fira was 100% virtual due to the pandemic, this 2021 the event adopts a hybrid format, in person and online. On the one hand in the streets of Vilanova i la Geltrú and on the other in telematic format at www.firadenovembre.cat. This dual nature of the Fira is here to stay. The aim is for the digital format to help break down borders and develop the event and the city as an economic benchmark in Catalonia.

A fair created by Pere III El Cerimoniós

This new dual version, virtual, on-site and highly technological, is the latest reinvention of an event with more than 600 years of history. Because the origins of the Fira de Novembre date back to the 14th century.

 

On 3 July 1381, King Pere III El Cerimoniós granted the knight Bernat de Fortià authorisation to hold an annual fortnight-long fair in the town of Vilanova de Cubelles. This authorisation specifies that the starting date would be All Saints’ Day.

In practice, this privilege granted by Pere III el Cerimoniós to Fortià meant a change of status for what was then a small village of peasants, fishermen and livestock farmers. Thanks to the fair, Vilanova gained importance compared to the surrounding municipalities.

At first, the Fira was mainly agricultural in nature, with livestock, farm implements and fishing. It is known that for years it began on All Saints’ Day and ended on Saint Martin’s Day (11 November), lasting two weeks. Over time it became shorter and shorter, and it is known that in the 17th century it was already concentrated in two or three days around San Severo (6 November).

At that time, the Fira was held in the centre of the Vilanova of the time. It had its epicentre in the Plaça Major or Plaça de Dalt and extended towards the Plaça de Sant Pere, Plaça de les Cols, Plaça Llarga and Plaça del Pou.

Over the centuries, new products were introduced into the market, such as textiles, knick-knacks, toys…

Towards the end of the 19th century, the Fira de Novembre moved to the Plaça Ventosa, the old Plaça de la Vila.

After a few years without any fair activity, in 1958 Vilanova i la Geltrú held its first Poultry Fair, which would take place for years in the first fortnight of the month. Again, with the passing of time, the sectors of commerce, industry, transport, etc., were added to the event.

Finally, in 1991, the Fira de Novembre proper, as we know it today, was revived. A key event for the projection of the city that in recent years has been incorporating spaces and adapting to a changing reality, with areas dedicated to innovation and economic development.

In 2021 La Fira de Novembre celebrated 30 years of modern history.

Fira de Novembre 2021: technology and innovation

This year the Fira is taking another step forward in its transformations and adaptations to the social and economic reality of Vilanova i la Geltrú. It does so with a firm commitment to specialisation in the fields of innovation and technology.

The new model of the Fira de Novembre brings together four fairs in one: the traditional event, with exhibitors; the social event, with parallel activities and exhibitions; the strategic model, focused on technology, and finally the virtual sphere.

Due to the COVID-19 protocol, this year there will still be a reduced occupation of public roads, centred on Plaça de les Neus and Plaça de la Vila and arteries such as Rambla Principal, Rambla de la Pau and Avinguda de Francesc Macià.

The Plaça de les Neus will host the Espai30, while the Plaça de la Vila will focus on technology, innovation, research and knowledge companies not only from Vilanova i la Geltrú but from all over Catalonia. Under the name VNG Innova there will be three large areas dedicated to three fields: creativity, health and sustainability. There will be projects on sports clothing made from recycled plastic, virtual reality, robots to help people… The presentations and conferences can be seen in person or live through the VNG Innova Channel.

The virtual space is already available on the website https://firadenovembre.cat, with an online showcase of the approximately 270 participating companies. The activities taking place throughout the event will take place both in person and online.

In addition, coinciding with the Fira de Novembre there will also be the 2nd Congress on Business Innovation and Startups, which will bring together 200 entrepreneurs, freelancers, managers and business people, the DesTapa Vilanova tapas route, the Comerços Oberts offers and discounts campaign and a meeting of classic cars in the Plaça del Port.

There are hundreds of reasons to come to the Fira de Novembre de Vilanova i la Geltrú – we look forward to seeing you!

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 7 activities to enjoy the outdoors in Vilanova i la Geltrú

Vilanova i la Geltrú and its surroundings are perfect for outdoor activities, in full contact with nature. In addition to its wonderful beaches, the coastal path and the walks through its rich urban heritage, the town is surrounded by three natural parks: Garraf, Foix and Olèrdola. Its “inland” nature hides little-known surprises that we suggest you discover on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or by practising other active tourism activities.

Horse riding in the natural park

Vilanova i la Geltrú is an ideal setting for horse riding.The Rosper Riding Club offers beginners’ classes for children and adults. But the most attractive way to get into riding are the routes around the Garraf Natural Park, through vineyards and forests and enjoying the views of the Mediterranean Sea.

They have options of one or two hours and of different difficulties, with an introductory class to learn the basics or routes with a little more slope if you already have some experience.

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The peculiar karstic geology of the surroundings makes it rich in chasms, caves and other places perfect for beginners in potholing or abseiling.

Caving for everyone

Through the year, the Garraf Natural Park organises an introductory caving activity in the Esquelets cave. The level of difficulty is low and it is suitable for the general public from the age of seven. A great opportunity to discover the underground world by descending with ropes through this 18-metre chasm. In addition to the sporting activity itself, you can enjoy the silence of this natural space, the calcite formations and perhaps the sighting of a bat.

Another option is the excursion to the Black Cave, in the municipality of Sant Pere de Ribes. After the 25-metre entrance and after crawling through a narrow passage of about five metres, you will be amazed by the beauty of the limestone formations in the main room. Don’t forget your torch!

Discover medicinal plants

On the outskirts of Vilanova i la Geltrú we find the traditional Catalan farmhouse Mas d’en sa Font, which, through the Garraf Natural Park, organises guided walks in the surrounding area to learn about the traditional and ancestral uses of medicinal and edible plants. A relaxed activity to learn to relate to the environment in a different way.

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Vilanova i la Geltrú is surrounded by three natural parks: Garraf, Foix and Olèrdola.

Walks through the wineyards

The Sports Station offers hiking routes for all levels in the surroundings of Vilanova i la Geltrú. If you are looking for a pleasant walk along comfortable paths and without technical areas, we suggest the walk through the vineyards, a circular route of 15 kilometres.

And if you are wine fans, in Sant Pere de Ribes there are several wineries with interesting wine tourism proposals. 

Torre del Veguer offers different packs that include visits to the winery, which is listed as a historic-artistic monument by the Generalitat de Catalunya, walks through the vineyards observing the vegetative phase of the vines depending on the time of year, a wine tasting…

The Vega de Ribes winery also offers visits to the vineyards and the winery, wine tastings and even pairings with cheese or Iberian products.

On foot from Mas de l'Artís to Pla de Querol

If you fancy a long walk, we suggest a 25.71-kilometre route of moderate difficulty that crosses the Garraf Natural Park from Mas de l’Artís in Vilanova i la Geltrú to Pla de Querol in the municipality of Sitges. Following the Mediterranean Path, the GR-92.4, this excursion passes through beautiful geological landscapes and heritage elements.

The terrain of the Garraf marvels visitors with its unique landscape, rich in limestone karst forms and chasms, dolines and lapiaces.

The hand of man over the centuries can be seen along the route, especially in the form of vineyards of native varieties of the D.O. Penedès such as xarel-lo, malvasia and sumoll. There are also small buildings such as the circular vineyard huts, which were once used to shelter from the rain and keep food fresh while working in the fields.

Other large buildings along the route, such as the Torre del Veguer and the Valgrassa farmhouse, are also related to wine production. The Torre del Veguer is a fortified farmhouse dating from 1359, while the farmhouse of Vallgrassa, which gives its name to the whole valley in which it is located, currently houses an experimental arts centre where artistic and cultural activities are carried out.

The Castell de Ribes, in the municipality of Sant Pere de Ribes, has been documented since the 10th century and is classified as a Cultural Asset of National Interest. It can be visited at weekends.

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In the area around Vilanova there are walking and cycling routes suitable for all levels. Some of them can be done with children, but there is also a first-class mountain pass that has been part of the route of the Tour of Spain.

Feel like a Vuelta cyclist

If road cycling is your thing, from Vilanova i la Geltrú you have access to a  wide variety of routes with different levels of difficulty and duration. One option for those of you who are fitter is the Rat Penat (the bat) route. This is a short but quite demanding route, which passes through a first category pass that was one of the highlights of the 2010 Tour of Spain.

The route leaves Vilanova in the direction of Sitges along the C-31, better known as the Les Costes road. This stretch, twisty and with constant changes of gradient, will allow you to enjoy magnificent views of the literal Garraf. 

At the first roundabout we turn off towards the Vallbona housing estate to begin the ascent to Rat Penat: 4.4 kilometres of ascent, with a gradient of 455 metres and an average gradient of 10.3%.

We then cross the Garraf Natural Park for a few kilometres and finish with a steep ascent to Les Piques, up to the Can Grau farm school. From here the descent begins, passing through Sant Pere de Ribes to return to the starting point.

Golf

Portal del Roc is one of the most attractive Pitch & Putt courses in Catalonia, and it is also the first to be awarded the Biosphere certification for its strong commitment to the environment and sustainability. It is a beautiful 18-hole course with prices starting at 14 euros for non-members. They also offer lessons for adults and children. If you already have some experience and fancy a bit of competition, there are tournaments every Friday in the summer, and they have a continuous calendar throughout the year. 

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10 things you have to do in Vilanova i la Geltrú | Family Tourism

Vilanova i la Geltrú is not to be missed. The capital of the Garraf region, just 40 minutes from the centre of Barcelona or Tarragona and right next to Sitges, is buzzing with a great gastronomic, sporting, cultural and natural offer… You’ll have to come back. We show you with a list of the 10 “musts”, the activities and experiences you can’t miss.

Fork breakfast next to the sea

Vilanova is a seafaring town, so what better way to start the day than with a good fork breakfast of fresh fish just bought at the town’s fish market. Straight from the sea to the plate.

On the Paseo Marítimo itself you have the Café del Mar, overlooking the port and housed in a building declared a cultural asset of local interest. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and here they take it to the letter with an incredible offer that includes grilled squid from the beach, seafood salpicon, raw cuttlefish, baby squid casserole, cod esqueixada, garlic prawns and grilled sardines. In addition to the sea, they also have some of the best dishes from the mountains: fresh sausage with beans, fried eggs with ham, tripe casserole and omelette to taste. Make your reservation now to start the day on the right foot.

Learn how to paddle surf

Paddle surfing is becoming more and more popular, and that’s because it has everything. It’s easy, fun and allows you to make the most of the good weather and the usually calm Mediterranean Sea. It is a relaxing activity of gentle exercise suitable for everyone.

In an hour and a quarter introductory session you can learn the basic technique, keep your balance and start gliding over the water enjoying the coast of Vilanova. All the material is included.

Walk among horses in freedom

In the Garraf Natural Park you will find the Miranda Foundation, a refuge for horses where you will see how they live in complete freedom, enjoying the pastures in a beautiful Mediterranean steppe landscape. There you can take a guided tour where you will learn how horses live in their natural environment, how they relate to each other, their bonds of friendship… They also organise activities such as guided meditation with horses or live the experience of transhumance for a day.

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The Miranda Foundation’s horses cross Catalonia every year to spend the hottest months in the high mountain pastures of the Pyrenees. On their transhumance route, they travel through the Parc Natural del Garraf, Montserrat, Cadí…

Garraf wine tasting

The Garraf massif is a fantastic environment in which to grow grapes and make wines. In this respect, two characteristics are key:

The calcareous rocky soils, which harbour remains of corals from when the massif was submerged under the sea, thousands of years ago.

The sea breeze, which in some vineyards leaves a slight salty touch on the roots of the grapes.

The wines of the Garraf are very fresh and especially suited to the aging process. At the 12 DOs shop in Vilanova i la Geltrú they organise monographic tastings of Garraf wines which are a great way of getting to know the different varieties and wineries that work in the area.

Participate in the candy war

The Vilanova i la Geltrú Carnival is one of the most unusual in Catalonia. It lasts several weeks, but its high point is the candy war, which takes place on Carnival Sunday.

Sixty organisations parade, dance and throw sweets through the city centre until they reach the Plaça de la Vila, where the great final war is waged. A festival to be lived.

Get on the train of history

It is a favourite with young and old alike. The Museu del Ferrocarril de Catalunya brings together a collection of more than 50 locomotives and wagons in Vilanova i la Geltrú. You can climb on many of them and take photos with pleasure.

Located in the original installations of the steam locomotive depot built on horseback between the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the museum houses pieces such as the first Talgo or the replica of the first train that ran on the peninsula in 1848, making the journey from Barcelona to Mataró.

Go to museums

The Railway Museum is only one of the seven museums that are located in Vilanova i la Geltrú. They are the Library-Museum Víctor Balaguer, the opulent Romantic Museum Can Papiol, the modern art space Torre Blava – Espai Guinovart, the seafaring Espai Far, the Centre d’Art Contemporani La Sala, the centre for the interpretation of romanticism of the Masia d’en Cabanyes and the Railway Museum of Catalonia itself.

Among the highlights you will find Egyptian mummies, maritime curiosities and even works from the Prado Museum. The most practical and economical way to visit them is with the Museum Ticket, which for a reduced price of 10 euros gives access to all of them over a period of six months.

Dance at festivals

In the summer, Vilanova i la Geltrú is synonymous with festivals. The best known is the Vida Festival, which is held in the gardens of the Masia de Can Cabanyes and stands out for its Mediterranean character. Every year its line-up includes top local and international pop stars, but it is not limited to music. There is also cinema, crafts, illustration, gastronomy, DJ music…

Just before the Festa Major, El Tingladu is a festival 100% dedicated to the culture and music of the Catalan Countries. Four days of pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, traditional, ska, electronic… And the best of all: it’s free.

The International Festival of Traditional Popular Music of Vilanova i la Geltrú (FIMPT) is an ultra-consolidated event now in its 40th year. Great figures of traditional and traditional music perform on its stages.

Meanwhile, Nowa Reggae focuses on Jamaican music and reggae, rocksteady and ska tunes. It features artists with many different accents, but the artists who always stand out are those from Jamaica, the Mecca of this style.

Get to know the seaside town of Vilanova

The maritime quarter of Vilanova i la Geltrú preserves the memory of some of the most exciting moments in the city’s history, such as the battles against pirates and terrible pirates. Vilanova is one of the most important ports on the Catalan coast, and an itinerary along its maritime façade is key to understanding the city today.

To get to know it, we propose an urban itinerary through the most emblematic places of the maritime district, the port and the old fishermen’s houses.

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At the beginning of the 18th century, Vilanova i la Geltrú had a frigate with a privateer’s licence to attack pirate ships that attacked the town from the coast.

Sunset on a sailing boat

It is a magical experience that you will never forget. From the Club Nàutic de Vilanova i la Geltrú and for less than you imagine, you can hire a 7 or 9-seater sailboat to enjoy the sunset in private during the sunset. If the weather is good, you can even go for a swim in the open sea. The best way to end the day.

These are just 10 of the many activities with which you can spend an unforgettable day in Vilanova i la Geltrú. At Visit Vilanova you’ll find many more ideas: come and discover the city is a winning idea to surprise your family and friends!

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Temps de Vi brings 40 wineries from all over Catalonia to Vilanova i la Geltrú

Temps de Vi in Vilanova i la Geltrú

There is a lot to look forward to. This year the Temps de Vi Fair of Catalan wines is back in full swing, and it will be even better than before the pandemic. The apotheosis will be on 10, 11 and 12 June on the Rambla Principal in Vilanova i la Geltrú, but this will be a festival that will last for weeks, with various activities in different parts of the city. Even in the middle of the sea.

We spoke to Carles Carbonell, co-organiser of the Temps de Vi fair in Vilanova i la Geltrú, about all this: “We wanted to be able to organise Temps de Vi again in a normal way and in the spaces we knew. I think the most important thing for us is to return to the space where the fair has become big, which is on the Rambla Principal in Vilanova. Where our environment is and where both restaurants and shops welcome us in the best possible way so that we can celebrate a great event together”.

40 wineries from all the Catalan Denominations of Origin


This year Temps de Vi will have a total of 34 stands on the Rambla with around 40 wineries from all the Catalan Designations of Origin. There will be everything from small wineries presenting curious projects to some of the best known in Catalonia. “We have always defended that this is a multi D.O. fair. We achieved it many years ago and this year we have also achieved it. We have wines from all the DOs. We will have DO Empordà, Tarragona, Priorat, Montsant, Catalunya, Alella, Bages, Conca de Barberà, Penedès, obviously… In the end we are in the Penedès territory, so a large part of the wineries are from the Penedès and Cava DOs. We are still finalising the deal, but we are on the verge”.

The variety will not only be based on the origin of the wineries. Attendees will also be able to taste all kinds of wines: “There are all kinds of styles and I think this is a great thing about the sector we are in, as you can go and find the profile you like best. I think that at the Temps de Vi fair we are lucky enough to be able to represent everything from more floral or fruity wines to aged wines, with more oak and, we could say, more classic styles”.

A full programme of activities

The activities of Temps de Vi 2022, which will be published very soon on tempsdevi.cat, will begin at the end of May and will culminate with the fair on the Rambla Principal, which is sure to be very well attended. But this time the fair will have a more staggered calendar so that everyone can access many more activities and will recover star proposals such as the Catalan wine tastings by boat.

#CatalanWine tastings by boat "Temps de Vi wanted to add the world of the sea to the fair with boat tastings, which have been a resounding success since the beginning of the event".

Catalan wine tastings by boat

Vilanova i la Geltrú is a winegrowing and seafaring town, and these two aspects of its historical personality have worked together for centuries. From the port of Vilanova, a large part of the wine production of the Penedès, also from the vineyards surrounding the town, used to leave by boat. Temps de Vi wanted to add the world of the sea to the fair with boat tastings that have been a resounding success since the fair’s inception.

Carles Carbonell explains: “These tastings take place at the Vilanova yacht club. A two-hour activity that is really worthwhile because after the tasting you go sailing with a glass of wine or sparkling wine. It’s a purely fun activity, very small, for eight people. It’s very exclusive and very cool because at the end you go with a group of friends”.

For those of you who are afraid of getting seasick, don’t worry. Inside the port the boat hardly moves at all, and once at sea it always keeps moving and the Mediterranean Sea is usually calm.

Practical guide to enjoy Temps de Vi


Temps de Vi is designed so that visitors can be surprised by new wines and Designations of Origin and at the same time enjoy and repeat the wineries that you already know from other editions and that you know never fail.

But above all, it is a great place to chat. Yes, to chat: “One very positive thing is that at Temps de Vi Vino the winemakers themselves come”, says Carles. “It’s an opportunity to talk to the same person who makes the wine. This way I think that people who come can go looking for what they are looking for. The good thing we have is that you can talk to the same wineries that are on the stands and say ‘listen, look, I like this type of wine…’ or ‘I’m coming to taste, let me see what you make…'”. And they themselves will tell you “look, we start here, we make a path, we make the history… and we finish with a very representative wine of the territory where you can find purely what we do. For those visitors who come to the fair on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, I advise them to go to the Rambla Principal, buy a ticket at any of the ticket offices and start walking up and down the Rambla, stopping at the wineries that are least crowded at that moment. Ask questions, put your ear to the ground when they are giving explanations… We also have free concerts throughout the fairgrounds every day. And if you do the tasting by boat you can go and eat on the promenade and then do the activity…”.

In the end, it’s as easy as coming to Vilanova i la Geltrú, enjoying the city, its spaces and shops, strolling through Temps de Vi and tasting a glass of Catalan wine.

Carles Carbonell explains:

Practical information


The Temps de Vi fair will be held on 10, 11 and 12 June on the Rambla Principal in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

To take part in the boat tastings and other activities that will be held between the end of May and the middle of June, you can make your reservation at Tempsdevi.cat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Macot
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: https://ca.wikiloc.com/rutes-senderisme/gr-92-vilanova-i-la-geltru-sitges-35498332
  • 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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Neàpolis

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.

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