Vilanova i la Geltru Things to Do
This is a 19th century mansion converted to a museum. There you can do a journey through time into the everyday life of a wealthy family of the times known as "Romanticism". The house is preserved in a way you'll feel as its inhabitants are still there. If you are traveling with children it can be a good option, I loved it when I was a child (I...more
Museum founded by the Catalan poet, historian and diplomat, Víctor Balaguer (1824-1901). It displays collections of Roman, Egyptian (including the mummy of a small girl) and other antiquities, as well as paintings, sculptures, coins and a large library. The building is pretty interesting itself, even after the renovation it has lost part of its...more
You can walk or bike this very long and pleasant promenade. The part closer the old town has many good bars to have a "vermut" (typical on Sunday mid morning, having some food and drink before lunch, or substituing the lunch), some tapas at the evening or regular restaurants to have lunch or dinner (good seafood, other typical dishes or...more
"Rambla" in Catalan means a broad street that usually was build once there was a river bed. So, you can find "Ramblas" in virtually any Catalan town, not only the archi-famous ones of Barcelona.La Rambla de Vilanova is said to be the longest of Catalonia (outside Barcelona). In fact there are two consecutive Ramblas: Rambla Principal, the original...more
Francesc Macià, native of Vilanova i la Geltru, served as the President of Catalonia from 1932 until his death in office in 1933. In 1922 he founded the independentist party Estat Català. He was also well-known for his assaults and actions against the Spanish dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, and for his participation in the elections that...more
Vilanova has changed a lot since I was a small child there. And, to the contrary of many coastal towns, it has changed to better! I still remember the awful port warehouses where now you can enjoy the seaside promenade. And how disgusting were all these black tar stains at our feet, skin and swimsuits after an afternoon at the beach... Now the...more
Vilanova i la Geltru Hotels
Juan Sebastian Elcano 4, Vilanova i la GeltrÃº, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08800, Spain
Good for: Business
C/ Isaac Peral 4, Vilanova i la Geltru, 08800, Spain
Good for: Solo
Puigcerda, 6-16, Vilanova i la Geltru, 08800, Spain
Good for: Families
Vilanova i la Geltru Restaurants
They define its cuisine as "cuina de mestissatge" (fusion food). So, not your place if you're looking for traditional Catalan food, but a good place to experience the new trends without spending a fortune. However, it's more expensive than the avearge.It is a "trendy" place: modern design furniture mixed to remains of the old house, like and old...more
A great place to enjoy authentic Catalan food at more than reasonable prices.The lunch specials (Menú del Dia) are great value, specially on weekdays. As weel, you can choose a variety of Catalan and Mediterranean specialties from their "a la carte" options. Of course, fish and seafood from Vilanova's nearby seaport. Paella, fideuà, ranxos...more
If you like fish and seafood, you will not be dissapointed. They have a few fixed menus, different prices, but all of them great value (bear in mind that first quality fish is never cheap). And of course you can choose "a la carte". My favourite is its excellent "gibrellada" (fishermen's traditional dish)more
Vilanova i la Geltru Transportation
Vilanova is well linked to Barcelona, Tarragona and other main Catalan towns by public transport.
How to get there from Barcelona: (from/to other places, please see the links below, or drop me a line in case I may help:)
- C-32 motorway (45 km), toll about 5 euros each way (less scenic but very fast)
- coastal road C-31 (Costes de Garraf). Scenic views over the cliffs (it may be scary if you are not used to windy roads)
Local trains (Rodalies) from Passeig de Gràcia or Sants: Vilanova - Sant Vicenç line (C2)
Frequent trains, about 3 euros per trip
- Line BARCELONA-BCN AIRPORT-SITGES-VILANOVA-TARRAGONA
This is the most convenient option if you want to go to Vilanova directly from El Prat airport-BCN. Buses depart from Plaça Universitat in Barcelona city. Costs about 3 euros.
Monday to Friday: every 60 minutes
Saturdays: every 2 hours
Sundays and fesives: every 3 hours
Ther is as well a NIGHT BUS SERVICE run by a different company.
All the intercity buses stop at the bus station of Vilanova, located in the Eduard Maristany square, in front of the train station. This is walking distance of most sights.
See the links below for more details about transports from/to VilanovaRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Vilanova i la Geltru Local Customs
El Xató is the most famous food of Vilanova, and all the Comarca del Garraf. Each town (in fact each chef) has its own recipe, but basically it is a mix of "cabell d'àngel" curly endives, preserved cod and tuna, anchovies and olives. The character of this meal is its sauce (the "xatò"): special dried peppers (nyoras), almonds, hazelnuts, garlic...more
Vilanova i la Geltrú celebrates its main summer's festival on August 5. This tradition came from more than a century ago, as the result of a promise made to the Virgin of the Snows (verge de les Neus) in return for saving the town's vineyards from a summer hailstorm. You can enjoy the traditional parades and processions, with characters and other...more
The festivals' season begins in Vilanova with Tres Tombs ("the three turns") festival, on January 17.It is a parade of horses and carriages, which represent how people and goods were transported in the past. They do 3 turns around the town in honor of Sant Antoni Abat, benefactor of the domestic animals (and saint patron of Vilanova).more
Vilanova i la Geltru Off The Beaten Path
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Definitely not the usual museum. If you love trains and/or are you traveling with kids, you would enjoy the place. Or just to kill some time, doing something different, and learning interesting facts.
Located in a train depot from the XIX century, it has the most important collection of steam locomotives in Europe is on display. Not small replicas, the real stuff! In the inside area one can find a small exhibit of train-related objects and curiosities, and a room where to see a pretty interesting audiovisual.
Have fun!!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Vilanova i la Geltru Favorites
Favorite thing: To prepare your trip, visit the official tourism website of Vilanova:
and the city council website:
This other has some interesting info too (but bear in mind this one is a commercial website):
(all these have English versions)
Fondest memory: and once there, you can visit the tourist information offices:
OFICINA MUNICIPAL DE TURISME
Passeig del Carme, s/n (Parc de Ribes Roges)
Tel: 938 154 517
Fax: 938 152 693
OFICINA PROMOCIÓ CIUTAT
Plaça de la Vila, 10
Tel:938 935 555
Fax:938 141 200
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