Afternoon day 1: The Darró archaeological site
Spend your first afternoon in the region's capital, Vilanova i la Geltrú, which has several interesting possibilities for the visitor. Today you're going somewhere you've likely never been before: the Darró archaeological site, situated to the west of the Passeig Marítim and spanning both sides of the railway line as well as occupying the Sant Gervasi hill. Before going, we suggest you make a reservation by calling 93 815 42 02.
Between the fifth and first centuries BC, an Iberian settlement was located here, and then a Roman villa occupied the site until the fourth century AD – nearly a thousand years of ancient history in a single spot. Initial excavations began in the middle of the 20th century, but they became more continuous and methodical as of 1983. The digs mean that today you can observe parts of the settlement occupied by the group of Iberians known as the Cessetani, and discern dwellings, cisterns, silos, drainage channels and metallurgic furnaces. During Roman times, a villa was constructed here that used some of the Iberian works to its advantage. So you start your getaway in Garraf with a journey back in time.