Start the second day of your getaway with two quite different options. The first is especially aimed at those f you who enjoy the sea and/or the sporty types. As it’s likely that you’ll enjoy sun for the whole morning, there’s no better way to start the day than with a session of snorkelling in the marine reserve of Masia Blanca. At this centre, all kinds of activities related to the sea are organised every weekend in July and throughout the month of August. If you go for this option, take your car from El Vendrell to drive the few kilometres to Coma-ruga where, at the Masia Blanca Aquatic Classroom, you can discover the richness of the flora and fauna of the Catalan coast from a very special perspective.
After seeing any number of fish and other sea life, you’ll be refreshed for a pre-lunch walk. On the beach of Coma-ruga, you can set up your parasol and towel for a sunbathing session, or, if you prefer, head to the Estany i Riuet thermal spring, whose water has therapeutic properties, particularly ideal for joint, bone and rheumatic pain. In fact, the spring is what led to the creation of the town of Coma-ruga in the first place. After its discovery in the 19th century, a spa was constructed at the start of the 20th century, and this led to the later development of the town.
As an alternative to a morning at the beach, we suggest an activity that is at the opposite end of the spectrum from snorkelling. Instead of heading into the sea, head inland to enjoy the fruits of the earth with a visit to the prestigious Avgvstvs winery, found on the road from El Vendrell to Sant Vicenç de Calders. What makes Avgvstvs a special destination is not actually its wines, which are aged with great precision in barrels made of different woods and imported from places around the world; it’s not even the care that they take of their vines, expressly planted in an area with little depth so that the grapes get stressed thereby provoking a high concentration of sugars – all of this you’ll discover during a guided tour to the cellars and facilities. No, what really makes this part of the getaway worthwhile is a tasting experience, in a dark, humid room full of mould, of the most select kinds of vinegar, to which Avgvstvs dedicates a good part of its crop.
Exported around the world, the different types of vinegar you can taste and which Avgvstvs produces are the result of the study of and dedication to the technical treatment when developing the product, doubtless the secret behind the winery’s excellence. And you can taste up to four types. The morning at Avgvstvs will end with a second tasting – this time of two wines – in the garden of the country house.