A cradle of popular culture, a political and social epicentre, and a symbol of local, Vilafranca del Penedès is a place where you must stop during your trip. The best time to go is, without doubt, at the end of August, when the heat has subsided slightly and, more importantly, Sant Fèlix arrives on the day of the town’s Festa Major (principal festival). The city is transformed for five days, with the streets full of life and fire. During the festivities, there will be a human tower performance in Plaça de Sant Fèlix, at which point, the vital energy of all Vilafranca will be concentrated in this one place and moment.
As well as the specific festivals, the city provides a wide range of notable tourist attractions. One option is to go hiking among the vines and cover, whether walking or cycling, the four kilometres to the Pujols wood. If, on the other hand, you want to stay in the city, we have two suggestions. The first itinerary is the modernista route, which will let you admire the arrival of modernity and the progress of Vilafranca at the end of the 19th century; a visit inside the Casa Miró is not to be missed. The second, the medieval route, will lead you through the historic centre of the city and introduce you at first hand to two key events in the history of Catalonia: the death of king Pere el Gran (Peter the Great), in the Royal Palace, and the events that led to the Concórdia de Vilafranca. The signing of this agreement resulted in the 15th-century Catalan civil war between the royal Trastàmara family, who at that time ruled Catalonia, and the Generalitat, the Catalan governing institution.
Continue your tour of the area around the Royal Palace and Plaça de Jaume I, via C/General Prim, until you get to Plaça de la Vila, Plaça de Sant Joan and, further on, the Convent of the Holy Trinity. The network of streets will bring you back to Plaça de la Constitució, just by where you started, and here you can visit the Basílica de Santa Maria and the bell tower. In the crypt, there is a magnificent group of sculptures of the Descent from the Cross created by Josep Llimona (1864-1934). Close to the basilica, you’ll find the very interesting Vinseum, Museum of Wine Cultures in Catalonia, where you’ll dive into the history of the drink in an interesting way, using modern interactive and other features.