5 romantic dates

Surprise your partner and celebrate being in love by taking the Romanticism trail! In the regions of Barcelona, this 19th-century cultural movement, strongly associated with musicians, poets and overwrought passions, coincides with very important (albeit more prosaic) historical movements, such as industrialisation, urban planning and the revival of the Catalan language.

1. Verdaguer House-Museum in Folgueroles

The great poet of the Renaixença (a 19th-century romantic revivalist movement in Catalan language and culture) is without a doubt Jacint Verdaguer, who returned Catalan to the category of literary language. Pay a visit to the Verdaguer House-Museum in Folgueroles, his home town, and you’ll understand the greatness of his work through the details of his day-to-day life. Meanwhile, if you’d like to explore the places and landmarks associated with the writer both in the town itself and in the surrounding area of the region of Osona, you can go on a literary route.

2. Masia d’en Cabanyes

Another place dedicated to Romanticism is Masia d’en Cabanyes, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, a beautiful place that showcases the legacy of the poet Manuel de Cabanyes and his family. Adopting an easily understandable approach, the exhibition immerses you in this cultural movement by means of an artistic legacy preserved virtually intact in its original setting, since both the building and its surroundings remain virtually unchanged.

3. Romantic museums

Romanticism certainly left its mark in the Garraf region, as you can see in its cultural heritage. The Can Papiol Romatic Museum in Vilanova i la Geltrú and the Can Llopis Romantic Museum in Sitges tell you about dynasties of landowners, wines and spirit merchants (including merchants of the local Malvasia sweet wine), lawyers, historians and diplomats, in a setting of velvet curtains, sumptuous furnishings and art collections.

4. Railway Museum

The wealth generated by wine and spirit merchants and by traders of Indian printed cotton fabrics was a very important factor in Catalonia’s economic development, paving the way for its progressive modernisation, which can be seen in the urban planning of the period and, above all, in the arrival of the steam train. At the Railway Museum you can find out how the train has transformed the world since 1848, when it arrived in our country.

5. Casa Bacardí

Despite this wealth, in the 19th century many families decided to emigrate in search of a better way of life. Those who returned home after making their fortune (locally known as the indianos or americanos) had beautiful mansions built and started up businesses using the expertise gained in the Americas. Casa Bacardí, housed in the Mercat Vell (Old Market) of Sitges, is a great place to immerse yourself in the history of the town and its relationship with the americanos. At the end of the tour you’ll have the chance to learn how to mix your own cocktails!


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