Guided Hike – Olèrdola Penedès Vineyards Hike and Picnic

Highlights

  • Travel south of Barcelona for a private guided hike amongst the vineyards of the Penedès wine country, and visit the abandoned hilltop villlage of Olèrdola
  • Visit a Penedès winery for a Cava (Spanish Champagne) or wine tasting on a shaded terrace overlooking the vineyards
  • Experience the tranquil, magnificent countryside of Catalonia “away from the madding crowd”
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of this Mediterranean region’s nature and heritage in a guided hike
  • Have a traditional Catalan lunch in a local restaurant or have a gourmet Catalan picnic
Guided hike track outline, Olèrdola wine country Penedès
Guided hike track outline, Olèrdola, Penedès wine country

Itinerary

Morning

Tour leader Killian Driscoll and your chauffeur will pick you up for your hike in the Penedès wine country from your chosen location, and you’ll start your tour driving out of the city with Killian introducing the day ahead, and answering any questions you may have. Throughout the day, Killian will share with you his knowledge of the region, and the places you visit.

You'll drive out of Barcelona and cross the rolling hills draped with vineyards to the abandoned hilltop village of Olèrdola. From there, with spectacular views of the Penedès wine country and Montserrat Mountain, you'll hike along the medieval paths on the hillside, working your way down the valley to the vineyards below. You'll visit the drystone huts in the fields where the farmers took shade and a siesta while tending the grape vines, and walk along the ancient drystone terraces.

Making your way back up the hill, you'll then visit the Olèrdola complex, a fascinating site and museum with over 3,000 years of history going back to the introduction of wine to Catalonia in the Iron Age. The abandoned medieval town was also a Roman settlement, and you'll explore the ruins and learn about the history of the area and its long tradition of wine making going back to the Iron Age some 2,7000 years ago. You'll see the remarkable wine presses cut into the stone, and see how this village became an important centre of wine production and distribution in the region. Looking down into the valley to the main town of Vilafranca del Penedès, you'll see where the old Roman road, the Via Augusta, ran connecting the empire's towns in southern Spain, up to Barcino - Roman Barcelona - and onward through France and onto Rome itself.

Medieval street (10th-12th century), Olèrdola monumental complex
Medieval street (10th-12th century), Olèrdola monumental complex

Lunch

After your guided hike you'll enjoy a specially prepared, gourmet picnic of typical Catalan food and local Penedès wine and Cava at a scenic picnic spot overlooking the vineyards. Alternatively, you can choose to have lunch at a restaurant of your choosing.

Gourmet picnic Barcelona, Spain
Gourmet picnic Barcelona, Spain

Afternoon

After lunch, you'll enjoy a drive through the Penedès wine country, and visit a winery where you can enjoy a wine tasting on a shaded terrace overlooking the vineyards on the rolling hills. The Penedès has many small, family-run wineries, some dating back many centuries. Today, many of them have returned to organic farming and wine production techniques, and they are very proud of their strong tradition of wine production. This wines and Cavas are truly a delight to savour, and a wine tasting at their wineries is a great treat and a wonderful way to spend a relaxed afternoon.

Penedès wine country vineyard, Recaredo winery
Penedès vineyard, Recaredo winery

Hike and Trail Details

  • Activity level: Easy-Medium
  • Walking Duration: Approximately 1.75 hours
  • Walking Length: 4.8 km (3 miles)
  • Elevation max: 343 m (1125 ft)
  • Elevation min: 216 m (709 ft)
  • Total Uphill: 161 m (528 ft)

Below is a map of the guided hike trail, with an interactive map that you can view the elevation along the trail. Overall, the hike is 4.8 km (3 miles) and takes about 1.75 hrs of walking, with plenty of time for taking in the scenery and photo stops.

The activity level is easy to medium. A few stretches are steep. Comfortable footwear is recommended (hiking boots are not required, sneakers / trainers are fine).

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