We will spend the whole of the second day in the capital, Vilanova i la Geltrú. A town with lots of attractions, quiet streets, long broad avenues and a colonial air. Several elements remind us that Vilanova i la Geltrú was two different towns and, among the many walks we can take, we recommend one that embraces la Geltrú and la Vila Nova (also known as Vilanova de Cubelles). Will you join us?
We can start the walk at Plaça de la Vila, a charming square boasting arcades and colonial buildings, such as the Town Hall. On one side we take Carrer de la Fruita, leading to Plaça de Miró de Montgròs, dominated by a marble and stone fountain from 1861 that marks the arrival of water in the town. Through Carrer de Santa Eulàlia we'll reach Carrer de la Unió, which was the "border"·between Vilanova de Cubelles and la Geltrú, and it is true that from here, in the middle of la Geltrú, the urban layout changes, with more winding and enchanting streets. We reach Plaça dels Lledoners. If we take Carrer de Bonaire and turn onto Carrer del Ravalet and Carrer dels Arengaders we'll reach the castle of la Geltrú, rebuilt one century ago and that today is home to the Regional History Archive. Here we find the church of Santa Maria de la Geltrú, with a square that retains its medieval character. When we go back along Carrer de la Unió, we follow it upwards until reaching Plaça de la Peixateria, and cross it to get to Carrer de Pàdua and Plaça Llarga, where we will find the 14th century Portal d'en Nin or d'en Negrell, the only one surviving from the early walled area of Vilanova. We will take Carrer de Sant Antoni, which leads to Plaça de Pau Casals, and we can go down Carrer del Comerç, which when it becomes Carrer dels Caputxins finally brings us to the square where we began our walk.
We hope that you have enjoyed this walk through the centre of Vilanova i la Geltrú but, if you prefer, it is also pleasant to stroll along the sea or 'ramblejar'. And we recommend that you visit the Masia d'en Cabanyes Romanticism Interpretation Centre, the Can Papiol Romantic Museum, the Railway Museum and the Víctor Balaguer Library Museum. And also the Espai Far, located in the emblematic Sant Cristòfol Lighthouse, displaying objects related to the world of fishing and the maritime tradition that the Associació del Museu del Mar has received through donations from fishermen and residents of the "barri de Mar" neighbourhood.
So you see you have lots to choose from in the capital of Garraf. And if one day it is not enough, you know you have to return!