You’re off to Vallès Occidental, a region close to Barcelona and very well linked to the Catalan capital with endless treasures and surprises in store. Big towns and little villages form part of its landscape with a history that dates back centuries, as you’ll see as soon as you start this getaway.
IN COLLABORATION WITH BARCELONA ÉS MOLT MÉS AND THE DIPUTACIÓ DE BARCELONA.
Day 1: The Seu d’Ègara and a segway outing
The Seu d’Ègara, World Heritage candidate, is a real jewel. So start your outing by heading to one of the two capitals of the region, Terrassa, where, caressed by the Vallparadís Park, you’ll find this superb site comprising three churches of Sant Pere, Santa Maria and Sant Miquel, which will take you on a journey through the history of architecture. You’ll see Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic altarpieces and, perhaps the most surprising of all, remains from Visigoth times, some of the few preserved in Catalonia.
After lunch, we suggest that you discover the Vall d’Horta in a different way: on segway. Have you ever tried this self-balancing electric two-wheel vehicle? If not, what are you waiting for? You’ll have a great time! And if you’re already familiar with the vehicle, use your skills to discover the most eastern areas of the Sant Llorenç del Munt massif.
Day 2: Vineyards and Casa de les Aigües
There is no Designation of Origin Vallès. But this doesn’t mean that there are no vineyards in the region. In the morning of the second day, in the municipal district of Sant Llorenç Savall, you’ll visit La Muntada, a socially-spirited project that aims to recover organic winegrowing. While walking through the estate, you’ll find out how the vines are grown, and you’ll also see for yourself how the former vineyard sheds were made. At the end, there will of course be a wine tasting, and the kids will enjoy a surprise tasting of their own!
For lunch you can try the Garbí restaurant in Castellar del Vallès, a family establishment opened in 1976 where they serve quality dishes with character. They prepare seasonal and local dishes and fine traditional recipes and stews.
You’ll end the getaway in a former water extraction and pumping station. It may not sound inviting but believe us if we tell you that the Casa de les Aigües in Montcada i Reixac is well worth a visit: it’s a great example of Catalan industrial modernisme. In addition, the tour is led by two characters that will take you back to the year 1879, when it was opened. A dramatised tour that adults and children will love. Back in the 21st century, however, it will be time to make your way home.
Opened in 2012, in full economic crisis, and in a square called, appropriately Plaça del Gas, the headquarters of the Fundació Gas Natural Fenosa is set in an old power station with gas engines called La Energía. On display, you’ll find the history of the company and the industry, the historical records of the company and temporary exhibitions and activities for everyone. The first year it attracted 22,000 visitors. Climb up to the lookout for the views.
The Catalan modernist-style Aymerich, Amat i Jover factory has been home to the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia for the last two decades. It features around a dozen permanent and various temporary exhibits that reflect the scientific advances that have changed our lives and document Catalonia’s industrial heritage. The museum collection is also spread out in 25 territorial museums and the Generalitat government is planning to integrate all of them in the new National History Museum.
With an intense, diverse and top quality programme, this theatre in Sant Cugat has become a benchmark among Barcelona’s satellite towns over its two decades of existence. Designed by two Ramons - architects Artigues and Sanabria – it is a multipurpose space with capacity for 800 spectators. Every year 50,000 people enjoy theater, music, opera, dance, family shows, magic and operetta here, as well as films, lectures, workshops ...
The building is hardly recent – it’s a Benedictine monastery dating from the 9th century – but the contents are new: the Monastery Museum is the emblematic central exhibiting space of the Museum of Sant Cugat, which was created in 2003, the other being the Contemporary Tapestry Museum in Casa Aymat. Apart from the cloister and the church, the museum harbours an installation on the abbey itself, on Romanesque monasteries and medieval monks, as well as temporary exhibitions on art and local issues, and workshops. Guided and dramatized tours are also offered.