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Cava and Barcelona: Restaurants, hotels and shops

Cava and Barcelona hotels

W Hotel, Barcelona

(Pictured above) Plenty to choose from in Barcelona at every price level. But the W, amid the smart restaurants and showy nightlife of the old port, is a luxury treat. www.w-barcelona.com

Hotel Casa Torner i Güell, Vilafranca del Penedès

Luxury bed & breakfast in the heart of cava country. www.casatorneriguell.com

Hotel Platjador, Sitges

Very central three-star hotel, just across the road from the beach; small pool. A great tourist destination, Sitges is very busy in the summer – be prepared for crowds. www.en.hotelsitges.com

Loft Rural Les Orenetes

Rural ‘agriturismo’ retreat in a converted bodega. Sleeps 11. Walking, cycling, wine tasting, plus a farm with produce to enjoy. www.casaruralorenetes.cat

Mas Palou

Agriturismo offering two beautifully restored cottages, close to Sant’Sadurní d’Anoia. www.maspalou.com

Cava and Barcelona restaurants

Casa Hidalgo, Sitges

Just by the waterside, in the old town. Ideal place to enjoy seafood and good local cooking. www.casahidalgo.es

El Peixet, Cubelles

Super-fresh fish and seafood, caught by the owner’s uncle. Unpretentious, served by the beach. Passeig Marítim 18, 08880 Cubelles

Monvinic, Barcelona

The ideal place to start or finish your trip. Extensive wine selection; owner Sergi Ferrer-Salat is a partner in the Priorat winery Ferrer-Bobet. Head sommelier Antonio Giuliodori and his team will guide you through its list of cavas. www.monvinic.com

L’Anima, Vilanova i la Geltru

A recent opening, with honest, modern cooking and a varied wine list. www.lanima.cat

La Cava d’en Sergi, Sant’ Sadurní d’Anoia

Creative cooking, with a selection of interesting tasting menus. www.lacavadensergi.com

La Salseta, Sitges

Catalan cooking in the old town, with many local organic ingredients, and always a selection of vegetarian dishes. www.lasalseta.com


Restaurante Cal Ton, Vilafranca del Penedès

Local ingredients, from the sea and the land, with an elegant edge. www.restaurantcalton.com

Sant Paul d’Ordal

This is a small town that’s committed to eating well. Expect to find good local, traditional recipes here. Try: Cal Pere del Maset; Cal Xim; Cal Saldoni; Cantallops

Cava and Barcelona Shops

Perbacco, Sitges

An excellent, small vinoteca located in the middle of Sitges, boasting a great wine list. C/Sant Gaudenci 5, Sitges. Tel: +34 938 11 22 09


An early morning visit to a town market is my mainstay on any trip to Spain. It’s a feast for the eyes, and there’s usually something tempting to buy. Vilafranca del Penedès is particularly good, with daily fresh produce markets, especially on Saturday. Come early and eat breakfast in the marketplace.

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