Vilafranca del Penedés is famous for producing wines and cavas with denomination of origin. Today the product is distributed around the world. It has one of the most recognized "colles de castellers” in Catalonia. The town centre is made up of medieval and modernist buildings that we recommend you visit.
One of the proofs of this medieval past is the Santa Maria basilica. We recommend that you climb to the top of the bell tower with almost 52 meters high. The climb up the spiral staircase is a bit heavy, but worth the climb. Inside you will find an original 18th century weathervane in the shape of an angel. But undoubtedly the best are the views you will have from the bell tower roof. From there you can see almost the whole region, as well as the Montserrat mountain range.
If you are lucky you will be able to see some of the castellers performances. They usually take place between April and November, but since they are one of the best colles in the world, they make them move from one place to another. Some of the most important events are Sant Felix on the 30th of August, All Saints' Day, the 1rst of November and the Diada del Roser.
You can't leave without visiting the Catalan Wine Culture Museum, VINSEUM. Here the wine history is exposed, but not only of the region. The influence it has on society, culture, art and life in general. And of course there is an explanation of the production process and its evolution over the years.
You can't miss the numerous neo-gothic and modernist façades and houses around the city centre. You can also visit places close to the coast such as Sitges or Vilanova i la Geltrú. Both have a powerful cultural and leisure offer.