Where to eat
The same year that the US reached the moon, this establishment in Sant Pau d’Ordal started serving dishes featuring the finest products from the region and the nearby sea. Since then, both cuisine and decoration have seen renovations but travellers can always count on Penedès wine to accompany their dishes of meat and fish.
C/ de Ponent, 20, Sant Pau d’Ordal. Tel 93 899 30 28. www.calperedelmaset.com.
A la carte: €45. Closed all day Mondays and the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Some years ago, many of the visitors to Sant Pere de Ribes went there for the casino, and nowadays many do the same to dine at this restaurant, located at the entrance to the town, that serves dishes like multi-coloured rice and sea-bream in salt with fried prawns, by a chef like Juan Fran González that is always looking to outdo himself.
C/ Blades, 1, Urbanització Los Viñedos, Sant Pere de Ribes. Tel 93 896 47 97. www.elsecreto.cat.
Diverse fixed price menus from €36. A la carte €45. Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday and for dinner Fridays and Saturdays.
You will have to head for the outskirts of Vilanova i la Geltrú to find this restaurant, but it will certainly be worth your while when you are served a dish of stewed locally caught prawns. It is located next to the sea. And if you do not care for prawns, the restaurant has an extensive menu that even includes dishes of pasta and pizzas, reminding us of its origins as an Italian restaurant.
Racó de Santa Llúcia, s/n, Vilanova i la Geltrú. Tel 93 815 19 34. www.restaurantlacucanya.com.
Diverse fixed price menus from €36. A la carte: €30-50. Open every day.
The patatas bravas served in Genil are famous in Vilanova. It has been open since 1971 and its tapas attract people from all over the region. We can also recommend botifarra sausages with a reduction of Pedro Ximenes and foie.
C/ Jardí, 77, Vilanova i la Geltrú. Tel 93 893 14 73. www.genil.es.
Fixed price menu: €10.50. A la carte: €20. Closed Mondays.
Tasting a fish and rice stew right next to the sea, or a dish of black rice with cuttlefish, is a tempting thought. You can do it on the terrace of restaurant El Capità. Fresh fish, rice dishes and good wine.
Port Ginesta, local 214, Castelldefels. Tel 93 664 58 55. www.restaurantelcapita.es.
Fixed price menus from €14. A la carte €40. Closed Sundays evenings and Mondays.
Where to sleep
Despite its name, this hotel is actually located in Sant Pere de Ribes, though very near Sitges. Perhaps you have a large family and always find it difficult to find a large enough place? No problem, this hotel has rooms for up to 7 people. It is also new and elegant.
C/ Xarel·lo, 2, Urbanització Els Cards, Sant Pere de Ribes. Tel 93 896 59 66. www.hoteldesitges.com.
From €70 for a double room including breakfast.
If you would prefer to stay in an apartment, this complex has 102 apartments in Vilanova that are well equipped and near to the beaches. It also offers a garden, a swimming pool, a gym... as well as international style breakfasts and dinners.
C/ Juan Sebastián Elcano, 4, Vilanova i la Geltrú. Tel 93 815 06 38. www.ateneapark.com.
From €85 per apartment.
A four star hotel in the centre of Vilafranca del Penedès with 43 sound-proofed rooms, a spa and a relax area. It offers a variety of romantic, wine-tasting and gourmet packages. getaway offers.
C/ Francesc Macià, 4, Vilafranca del Penedès. Tel 93 817 24 26. www.domohotel.com.
Double rooms from €100€.
If you are looking forward to a luxury stay, Mercer Hotel Casa Torner i Güell is a good choice. It offers 16 warm and sophisticated rooms and its own restaurant Mercerino.
Rambla de Sant Francesc, 26, Vilafranca del Penedès. Tel 93 817 47 55. www.casatornerguell.com.
Double rooms from €120.
L’Olivera combines the charm of rural-style accommodation, with rustic-style rooms, and all the comforts of a hotel, with a spa, a sauna and a swimming pool. To this, we should add the fact that it is surrounded by vines and located in a peaceful spot only a few kilometres from the coast.
C/ Nou, 14, Albinyana. Tel 977 68 70 76. www.lolivera.com.
Double rooms from €80.