Summer is getting into full swing and activities are kicking off all over the region. It’s time for outdoor plans, having fun with the family on vacation, and taking full advantage of the long evenings. Below, you’ll find a selection of activities to give you some ideas for what to do over the next few months in the Penedès. While this is a region known for its wine, there’s also lots of culture, music, and tradition to discover.
We’ll start off with the ViJazz Festival, an event that’s already become a summertime favorite in the Penedès. It’s held every year from July 6-8 in Vilafranca del Penedès, and 2018 will be the 12th edition. Organized by Tastavins Penedès, it has established itself as one of the best music competitions in its genre and it has more than proven that it’s worthy of its place among the world’s top jazz festivals: The fact that its lineup features some of the biggest names on the international scene are testament to this. A real treat that we have the honor of participating in with our wines! 🙂
Something else that’s worth a visit is The Bird Gardens, an ecological park that’s perfect for a day out with the family right near Vilafranca. This is without a doubt the ideal spot for lovers of birds and animals in general.
We leave Vilafranca to tell you about an activity related to the cuisine and wonderful products our region provides to us. It’s the Ordal Peach Market, which opens in early June in Plaça de Subirats and can be visited every Saturday and Sunday in June, July, and August. You can buy real Ordal peaches and other local products like honey, jellies, and olive oil in this town square. This is definitely a must-visit for anyone who loves good fruit and local products. Sticking with peaches, Les Filos—run by two sisters who one day decided to make peach jellies and syrups, “like in the good old days,” at their family property in Alt Penedès—is also somewhere fun to visit. You can see the workshop, stroll around the peach orchard, and taste all the jellies they make as part of food pairings.
To get a delve deeper into the history of our region, we recommend a visit to the Font de la Canya archaeological site—one of the most important in Catalonia—located in Avinyonet del Penedès. It’s home to an exhibition that’s the result of 18 years of excavating, focused on the origin and arrival of wine in our land.
One of the sites you can’t miss in the Penedès is Vinseum, the Museum for the Wine Culture of Catalonia. It’s a space designed for visitors to be able to live and experience wine culture and everything that goes along with it. One of the highlights of the activities at Vinseum is Enojazz, a pairing of wines and jazz that will be celebrating its 10th edition this year.
Another interpretation center where you can dive into the history of the Penedès is at Gelida Castle, whose visitor center was built using part of the 14th-century castle structures. The building has two floors and features an information area, services and a store, as well as a permanent exhibition about the castle’s history and significance.
To learn more about our region, the Royal Palace of Vilafranca del Penedès is also well worth a visit. It’s an exciting day out for the entire family, where you can relive past episodes that took place in the Royal Palace buildings, guided by eight real historical characters. A fun, interesting option to find out what life was like in the palace centuries ago.
Another park—but this time for adventures—can be found between Vilafranca and Igualada. Called Parc Les Deus Aventura, this an acrobatics park that allows visitors to experience new thrills out in the open. Canyoning, climbing courses, and vie ferrate are just some of the activities offered at this park located along the Mediona River.
To round off our recommendations, we suggest a visit to our Jean Leon winery, with your partner, your family, or friends, to enjoy some of the wide range of wine tourism options we have on offer, such as making your own wine, experiencing the amazing feeling of stomping grapes with your feet, or doing a tour through our majestic vineyards on a Segway, electric scooter, or Nordic walking. We also offer gourmet food and wine pairings for visitors with a taste for good food and good wine. See all the offers we have for your here, and be sure save the dates of August 10 and 11 to attend one of the most highly-anticipated summer evenings among stars, wines, live music, and a cocktail dinner: the night of the Perseids meteor shower.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone in the Penedès this summer. This is just a small selection, but the plans don’t end here. Try them out, do some investigating, and enjoy the summer in our region! 😉