Enjoy oil tourism with a getaway to Baix Llobregat

You’ll walk among old olive trees and also visit a cherry winery and take a trip in a catamaran
Collbató muntanya de Montserrat
By Xavier Amat |
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You’ll start a packed getaway to the region of Baix Llobregat, where you’ll discover how the exclusive cherry wines are made, enjoy the Torrelles, a un salt de Barcelona experience, and explore the sea in a catamaran. But you’ll start the day in Collbató to discover the world of olive oil. A getaway that will take you inland and out to sea.

IN COLLABORATION WITH BARCELONA ÉS MOLT MÉS AND THE DIPUTACIÓ DE BARCELONA.

Torrelles de Llobregat

Oil, bread, biscuits and wine

At the foot of the mountain of Montserrat, the olive trees have yielded their fruit for centuries thanks to which they can make an excellent olive oil. We invite you to go to Collbató to walk among the trees with a guide or local producer who will show you local olive varieties and how their harvesting has evolved. In the shade of olive trees you’ll try some delicious extra virgin olive oil. The visit is completed by going to the Molí de l’Oli de Collbató, where you’ll find the oil interpretation centre and can purchase bottles filled with the ‘liquid gold’ by local producers. You can take the opportunity to wander around the old town centre, the best preserved medieval site in the region.

You’ll find it easy to organise the next few hours of the day: you can try part of the experience called Torrelles, a un salt de Barcelona (Torrelles, a stone’s throw from Barcelona). First up is the Sirot winery, where they make exclusive cherry wines! Naturally, they’ll let you try them with a snack. You’ll head to Torrelles de Llobregat, but this time to visit an organic bakery where they make a wide variety of breads and the Torretes, the biscuits of Torrelles. You’ll finish up at Ca la Cinta, a 19th century country house that is now a museum of cinema and the history of the town.

Castelldefels activitats nàutiques

Lunch on the beach

As Baix Llobregat is a coastal region, and this getaway is designed for good weather, you’ll want to have lunch on the beach of El Prat de Llobregat. You can sit in El Maravillas refreshment stall, where you can enjoy good food and the sea breeze. But don’t forget that you’ll spend the afternoon in the water! We’re not suggesting you simply put on your swimming costume and go into the sea, but something more adventurous. The Centre Municipal de Vela del Prat offers 90-minute tasters of the most diverse nautical activities, always under the supervision of an instructor: windsurfing, kayaking, ‘patí català’ (similar to a small catamaran), paddle surfing... You´ll start with the catamaran, and later if there’s time and you’re not too dizzy, you can try another of these water devices!

Attractions

Parc Arqueològic Mines de Gavà

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The Interpretation Centre at the Gava prehistoric mine site brings back what life here was like 6,000 years ago, when the local Neolithic community began to work the local variscite mines. As well as offering visits to a small part of the mine, the centre features audiovisual and explanatory modules and a scale reproduction of the mines. Many of the items discovered here can be found in the Gavà Museum.

Theatre, Performing arts space

Teatre de la Passió d'Esparreguera

With more than 1,700 seats and a stage measuring 375 square metres, the Teatre de la Passió d'Esparreguera is one of the largest theatres in Catalonia. Although the performances of the Passion Play, which will take place from the 9th of March to the 4th of May in 2014, are the theatre’s true raison d’être, it also has a varied programme of theatrical performances throughout the year, as well as concerts, and a drama school dedicated to the performance of the passion play.

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Museums, Art and design

Conjunt històric de la colònia Güell

The Colònia Guell complex dates from the year 1890, when the textile industrialist Eusebi Güell decided to move his El Vapor Vell cotton factory from the neighbourhood of Sants in Barcelona to the village of Santa Coloma de Cervelló, and is made up of the factory colony itself, an interpretation centre and the Gaudí designed crypt. You can carry out your visit with the help of audio-guides or, if you prefer, there are guided visits at 12 midday on Sundays and public holidays. On Saturdays mornings, you will find a farmer’s market where local produce is sold.

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Castell de Castelldefels

The Castle of Castelldefels, which first appears in documents dating from the 10th century and which is located on top of a hill, has largely been restored and can be visited on the second Sunday of every month. Among the spaces open to the public are the courtyard, the fencing hall, the church of Santa Maria and the stables. The castle also offers views of the Garraf Massif, Collserola, the plain of Barcelona, Montjuïc, the Llobregat Delta and the coastline.

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Attractions

Espai Natural del Delta del Llobregat i el seu Parc Agrari

The Llobregat delta has plenty of places open to visitors. You can explore its marshes, ponds, pools and beaches on foot or by bicycle. The protected area includes the Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the country. Another interesting feature of your visit to the Baix Llobregat is the possibility of acquiring products from local farmers who sell their produce directly to the public.

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