In 2017, the Consorci de Promoció Turística del Penedès created an itinerary inspired by the route of the Roman Via Augusta through the Penedès region. The initiative included the adaptation of some sections and the placement of eight panels in the shape of Roman milestones at train stations in the area. In addition, 22 information panels and plaques indicating the route were set up. The aim was to create a route that would take advantage of the long history, which even predates Romanisation, to discover the landscape and culture of these regions, on foot or by bicycle.
You may well wonder whether the route, located south of Barcelona, follows the original Roman road faithfully. Documents from the time of Emperor Antony (138 to 161 AD), promoter of the road from Rome to Gades, today's Cadiz, show that it passed through Tarragona, El Vendrell, Vilafranca del Penedès and Martorell. It’s therefore beyond doubt that the route of the most important Roman road in Roman Hispania, the Via Augusta, crossed the Penedès.
Although the exact route is not known, the presence of monuments such as the Arch of Barà, dedicated to Emperor Augustus, on the same axis as the national road 340, leads us to believe that the Via Augusta more or less followed the route of this road, at least in the section that goes from Vilafranca del Penedès to Tarragona. Further north, on the stretch from Martorell to Vilafranca, it’s very likely that the route of the Via Augusta followed the AP-7 motorway. We can therefore state categorically that this Collection follows, in an approximate manner, the original route of the Roman Via Augusta through the Penedès.
This Collection presents the official route available at viaaugustapenedes.cat with some minor modifications but respecting its seven-stage format. When planning the route, bear in mind that all the stages start and end at a train station on the R4 commuter train line. This allows a lot of flexibility when, for example, looking for places to stay, as some of the stages begin and end in towns with little accommodation on offer. The train allows you to reach Vilafranca del Penedès or Sant Sadurní d'Anoia at the end of the day and thus have a wider range of services available.
The Tours in this Collection are not overly challenging, as they run along paths, ravines and trails. The gradient is moderate and, in addition, the Penedès is an area with abundant population centres where there are plenty of fountains and places to rest. You can consult the different services available, as well as the different accommodation options along the route on the Penedès tourism website: penedesturisme.cat/es
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Last updated: January 3, 2023
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The first stage of the Collection will take you from Gelida to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, the capital of cava. It is a Route that is characterized by its proximity to the Anoia River and the torrents and banks that feed it. The profile is undulating, as befits this area of the Penedès, marked by the small…
This stage takes you to Lavern-Subirats, and this time it deviates a bit from the original route to make you gain a bit of height. In this way you reach the foothills of the Ordal mountains, from where you will have a magnificent panoramic view of this part of the Penedès.
The Route starts from the Sant…
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This stage is the shortest of the Collection. In just nine kilometers you reach the town of La Granada del Penedès. The route runs entirely among the vineyards, along rural roads without any difficulty.
After passing by the church of Sant Pere de Lavern again, take a path that descends to cross the Lavern…
Today's stage takes you to Vilafranca del Penedès, it is a really short stage. For this reason, before heading towards the capital of Alt Penedès, the route goes back a bit to visit one of the best viewpoints in the region.
From the train station you head towards the center of town to take a path between…
The fifth stage of this Collection takes you to Santa Margarida i els Monjos, but it does not do so in the most direct way. After once again crossing the historic center of Vilafranca del Penedès, the route takes advantage of the agricultural roads that surround it to visit the nearby town of Moja, before…
Today's stage is the longest of the entire Collection. However, it is very flat and runs mostly on roads in good condition or paved, so it is not very difficult. Due to the distance, and since you don't pass too close to major population centers, make sure you bring enough water and food.
Leave the Santa…
The last stage of this Collection is also long, however, it has little unevenness and runs along trails and paths of little difficulty. You will cross a couple of towns, Bellver and La Gornal, so you will not have any difficulties getting supplies during the tour.
You leave the train station to return…
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