La Granada - Vilafranca del Penedès
Through the heart of the Penedès plain
Mountain streams, ravines, reeds, holm oaks, and coastal greenery are behind us now; in this stage, short and relatively flat, we are immersed in a landscape of row upon row of vineyards.
When you leave La Granada on the path to Vilafranca, cross carefully on the C-15 overpass. Next to you is the Teuleria dels Àlbers site, with fossil remains from 16 million years ago, as well as the remains of a Roman village. Take Camí de les Cabanyes and after about 180 m, you will see a path on the left, which is Camí de Ca l’Andratx. Follow it until you come to Camí de les Segarres on your left. Always following the edges of the vineyards, you will come to a T at Camí de la Torreta dels Bous als Pujols. The path to the right will take you to Els Monjos by way of Les Cabanyes and Pacs del Penedès, following the northern variant of Via Augusta. But to get to Vilafranca, take the path to the left until you come to Camí de la Pelegrina, which leads to Vilafranca from the north, very close to the Roman site of Cirerers.
Vilafranca’s location, in the centre of a plain with only a few hills rising about a hundred metres above the rest of the land, made it an important crossroads, and therefore a significant market throughout its history.
Inside Vilafranca, the way goes through Plaça del Pedró and along Carrer de Santa Magdalena, entering the old walled quarter by Carrer Ferrers and the back of the Convent dels Trinitaris, to the square Plaça de la Vil·la, where the city hall is located on the right, while the Gothic chapel of Sant Joan (Saint John) is on the left. If you continue straight down, you will reach Rambla de Sant Francesc, where you can finish the stage by taking Rambla de Nostra Senyora to the station, or you can start the next stage by continuing along Carrer de Sant Pere towards Moja.
La Granada: Train station.
Vilafranca del Penedès: Train station.
Be careful as you leave La Granada, on the C15; you have to cross two roundabouts and there is no pedestrian crossing.
La Granada Train station.
Vilafranca del Penedès
Vilafranca del Penedès Train station.