One day in Vila-seca, la Pineda Platja
Vila-seca, la Pineda Platja, is a destination with an extensive range of possibilities. Calm beaches, green spaces, theme parks, wine tourism, walking, hiking and biking routes… However, if you are only here for a few short hours, here’s a plan for you to take advantage of the best we’ve got on offer.
Morning: Nature and heritage
Vila-seca is well-known for its excellent beach with great scenic beauty. Enjoy its three kilometres during your stay, whether strolling along the seaside promenade and the adjacent Pinar de Perruquet Park and looking at the large-scale sculptural pieces Marca d’Aigua (Watermark) and Pineda (Pine Grove), or simply lazing around on the sand and having a dip in the sea.
In mid-morning, journey into Vila-seca’s past. Start by visiting Torre d’en Dolça Park, a lush and plant-filled park with several trails and paths both for bikers and walkers. The Torre d’en Dolça stands sentry at the entrance, which will transport you back many centuries to when these defence towers were essential for protecting settlements against possible attacks.
Carry on by heading into Vila-seca to see its cultural heritage, wandering through the historic town centre and discovering its traditional trade. This route can be done on your own and at your own pace thanks to the installation of 10 identifying totems with QR information that are located at the most significant landmarks. A good starting point is Raval de la Mar road, where you can see the twelfth century Creu de la Beguda (a cross once used as a boundary marker between municipalities). Continue on your way by visiting the castle; the church of Sant Esteve; the Celler; the Portal de Sant Antoni; the Torre de la Tuies del Cafè (16th century); and the watchtowers of Abadia, Ardiaca, Delme and Homenatge (12th century).
Afternoon: Biodiversity near the sea
In the afternoon, we suggest going to Séquia Major, a natural space that has been protected under the Government of Catalonia’s Plan for Lands with Natural Interest (PEIN) since 1992. These marshes are replete with large extensions of cane and rushes that are home to several endangered species, such as the Iberian toothcarp and the European pond turtle. Guided tours are available so you can learn more about its history and natural values, as well as learning to interpret the signs and traces of animal activity via their tracks, feathers, nests and food remains. It is also a wonderful place for bird watching. Due to its high ecological value, the free guided tours are only available between August and February (when the birds are not nesting). Book your visit by ringing 977 39 03 62.