Stay exactly where you are today, and dedicate the day to exploring Garraf’s two towns, Olivella and Sant Pere de Ribes. Olivella is right in the heart of Garraf Park and is home to a Buddhist monastery, Palau Novella. Built in a style of Romanticism, the monastery has stood in Garraf Park for a long time, along with its community of monks. You can take a guided tour in which you'll learn about the Buddhist philosophy and way of life from those who live there.
Apart from visiting Palau Novella, in Olivella you can take a leisurely walk around the old town, through Plaça Mayor, and to the parish church of Sant Pere and Sant Fèlix. Go to the first settlement of the village, on Puig Molí hill, where you’ll find an 18th-century windmill built upon the remains of an old castle, as well as the ruins of a church – originally a 13th-century temple and the only example of Roman architecture in Garraf.
In the afternoon walk to Sant Pere de Ribes, also known as ‘terra dels indians’ (or land of the Indians – the 'Indians' in this case being Spaniards who travelled to America during the 19th century to make their fortune and bring it back). About 200 Ribetans went to chase the American dream, and those who returned led a great urban and cultural transformation in the city, by designing buildings in a romantic style. Here are a few suggestions to help you find the highlights of the town. Start at one end of Carrer Major, in the farmhouse Can Puig, built in the year 1853 and where you’ll find, among other offices, the tourist information centre. On the same street you’ll find lots of Indian houses – of particular interest are numbers 9, 10, 11, 13, and 18. Walking down this street you’ll reach Plaça de la Font, where there's an elegant display of modernisme in the 1906 water fountain. In Plaça de la Villa stands the 18th-century town hall with an impressive clock tower, paid for by Ribetans living in Cuba.
Take Carrer del Pi, where you'll see another handful of Indian houses – ostentatious buildings with large windows and balconies, built to display the wealth of the owners (numbers 16, 20 and 25). Taking Carrer del Dr. Cuadras, you’ll soon get to the neighbourhood of Palou, where you’ll find an Indian house known traditionally by the name Can Cuadras, nowadays a hotel. Turn now into Plaça d'Olivella, and, after heading down Carrer Narcís Oller, at Eixemenis, turn onto Maristany, which you’ll stick to until you find the 'new', century-old church, inspired by the iconic Santa Maria del Mar church in Barcelona. The church bells in the twin towers were funded by Francesc Marcer, another Ribetan living in Guantánamo. Walking past the church, stop in Plaça Marcer with its Antillean appearance, the nerve centre of Sant Pere de Ribes, and a good place to bring the day’s walk to a close.