Vilafranca del Penedès

Vilafranca del Penedès

Population 38,000 inhabitants.Capital of Alt Penedes. The town dates from the twelfth century. It was built on a spot near the Via Augusta as a medieval town and became one of the most important towns of the Principality.

It was a typical medieval ‘cité’ with its perimeter of ramparts, the corporations, its nobility and its Jewish quarter. The basilica of Santa Maria, built in a gothic style with its spire, whose bells started to ring at the beginning of the 14th century, became the principal symbol of the town.

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Elis-elis airballoons

A flight through the sky in the region of Penedes quietly

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Major festival of Vilafranca del Penedès

Declared a point of cultural interest by the Regional Government of Catalonia – is held the last week of August.

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The cockerel festival

A gastronomical festival dedicated to the black cockerel of Penedès as well as to other kinds – ducks,pheasants,turkeys – that you eat at Christmas. It takes place in the middle of the month of December.

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Lover's festival

His is held in the middle of the month of May

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Vijazz

The harmonious marriage of jazz and wine where one can taste the wine and cavas of top quality whilst enjoying the jazz concerts with some of the best known groups. This takes place annually at the first weekend of July.

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The group of "Castellers"

‘Els Verds’ so-called because of the green colour of their shirts. They construct high and elaborate Human towers – built with men women and children all of an age from 6 to 60; Every Friday at 21hrs they train in their locale ‘Cal Figarot’ and visitors are allowed in to watch and participate in the construction of these human towers if they so desire.

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Basílica de Santa Maria

Gothic, consisting in a single nave divided into five sections

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Vinseum

Museum of the wine culture in Catalonia

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