- The natural park El Garraf. The El Garraf district receives its name from the mountains located to the east of the district. Classified as a nature park, this mountainous area contains flora and fauna difficult to find anywhere other than on the Catalan coast.
- El Garraf, together wit the l’Alt and Baix Penedès districts, forms the natural region of Penedès, which occupies part of the coastal area. It is separated from the Penedès depression by the Garraf massif, formed by limestone, which reaches the sea forming a typical coastal landscape, engraved by the action of the sea which has formed a large number of caves.
- The district capital is Vilanova i la Geltrú, one of the most important fishing ports in Catalonia.
The picture on the front is Casa Gaudi in the village Garraf
The area of Olivella and Vilafranca del Penedès is know by its wine estates. You can drive trough the winefields and see lot’s of wine estates. A very famous one is Torres, they have a visitors center in Vilafrance del Penedès, see link. This is quite touristic, you can also choose to take a change and visit a smaller and more personal wine estate in the surroundings.
The old village Olivella is nice to visit. It has an old church and some nice buildings. The village and surrounding (the area of El Garraf) is very popular for hikers. In the old village you also will find the restaurant “Gabriëls” (red house in the center). The restaurant is run by Gabriel, which appearance is already entertaining. In the restaurant typical French food is served. It’s not expensive, a perfect place for a nice lunch or maybe dinner in the evening.
Ok, you’re fed up with the Spanish tapas, and you still don’t like paella, but the fish in the paella is appealing to you? Well another dinner suggestion is to eat sushi. Along the seafront next to the eastside of the church (c/ port Alegre) you will find Usaka Sushibar. Take the warm sushirolls (Tataki and soft shell crab) they’re really special! see link
Sitges is the perfect place for wining and dining. In this small village you will find several places where you can snack, lunch or have diner. A common specialty in Spain is the Paella, you have to try this fish (or chicken option) dish once. The best place for paella are restaurant Santa Maria or La Niña both located (next to each other) at the boulevard (Passeig de la Ribera). If you like more gastronomy, then we suggest EF&GI (a small restaurant with good food and friendly people. Also very good and nice located are Fragata and Alfresco. Completely different, but good for some easy food when you’re a day at the beach, or for a cocktail (at the cocktailbar) at the end of the afternoon is Pic-Nic. But there are so many nice restaurants, follow this link for more information about restaurants in Sitges.