Vilanova i la Geltrú is on the Modernist route just south of Barcelona and next to its more famous but smaller neighbour, Sitges. Once famous as a holiday destination for the middle classes from Barcelona, especially once the train line was established in the 1890′s, it is now one of the main commercial fishing ports on the Costa Daurada.
There are still many wonderful Modernist buildings to see both along the seafront and in the centre of town, and the tourist office has a useful map with routes and explanations. Once you have built up an appetite from all the walking, head for the port and choose from one of the many good fresh seafood restaurants with outside terrace. The beach here is wide, long and sandy and ideal for running along or for kids as it stays shallow for a long way out. The impressive bronze statue of the bull is on a breakwater with views back along the beachfront and town and well worth walking out to.
An excellent place for a day trip any time of the year, in winter there are the Modernist buildings and museums to see and in summer the long beaches and promenades with good seafood all the time!
The three museums in Sitges are all close together and worth visiting, displaying some impressive collections of art, glassware, ironwork and antique dolls in buildings that are also architectural treasures.
Sitges, now famous as the gay capital of Europe, has always been a place the good folk of Barcelona escaped to for fun and frolics. The 40 km distance is an easy drive or train ride and when you arrive you feel this is a place where most things go set in a beautiful setting with beaches and a crystal blue sea in touching distance.