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Wine tourism and xató

Xató and the sea

Xató and Natural Spaces

Xató and the artistic and cultural patrimony

Xató and music

Xató and traditions


Culinary Tourism near Barcelona

Forty kilometres far from Barcelona and Tarragona, there is a Culinary Tourism Proposal, organized by the Comarcas of Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and El Garraf and the cities of Vilafranca del Penedès, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sitges, El Vendrell and Calafell.

This region offers around the Xató recipe varied thematic trips around the wine-tourism, the sea and the beaches, natural spaces, artistic and architectural patrimony and some ancient traditions, just 30 minutes far from Barcelona by car, bus or train.

We are waiting for you in the Xato Area. Come to taste this singular recipe and its delicious sauce and discover all we can offer.

Wine tourism and xató
The greater part of wine and cava production is concentrated in this region and grouped under D.O. Penedès y D.O. Cava . One can stroll among the expanse of vineyards or visit some of the zone´s cellars and taste their products.

Xató and the sea
Sharp cliffs which drop into the sea forming small coves and large beaches with fine sand, calm and shallow waters, alternating with maritime ports are some of the indisputable attractions of our coast. The Xató route encompasses 7 coastal municipals from Sitges to Coma-ruga, covering the Garraf coast and part of the Costa Dorada. In total there are over 23 kms of beaches. Throughout the year, discover the beaches of the territory of the Ruta del Xató while doing nordic walking, doing active leisure activities, or just taking a walk. In this zone, the beaches are ideal for families with young children, because of the shallow water and high temperature.

Xató and Natural Spaces
In the Xató area there are three great natural parks with different landscapes, species and characteristics: The Garraf Natural Park with two cliffs, both plunging into the sea, fissures and caves:The Foix Natural Park with much bird life ,close to the Foix reservoir and the Olèrdola Natural Park ,a high viewpoint with scrubland, palmitos Photo: Joan Capdevila

Xató and the artistic and cultural patrimony
Those who appreciate art and architecture will find buildings of all periods, from prehistoric settlements to testimonies of modernism and that of immigrant populations (indianos) not to forget mediaeval ,gothic and romantic . Furthermore, the region has been a testimony to the life of well-known artists such as : Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Pau Casals, Charlie Rivel, Carlos Barral,...

Xató and music
During the entire year, in the different villages which form part of the Route there is a complete program of musical festivals and concerts open to all the public .

Xató and traditions
Festivals and traditions are the basis of the intangible heritage of the Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and the Garraf regions. A legacy that has been passed down unaltered throughout the years to the present day and can be enjoyed all year round.

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Xató parties

Sunday November 23, 2014
Xató Festival

Sunday February 1, 2015

Sunday February 22, 2015
Xató Party

Sunday March 1, 2015

November - April
Xató Menu

Ruta del Xató, Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès i Garraf. El Vendrell, Sitges, Vilafranca del Penedès, Vilanova i la Geltrú i Calafell