Type: Wild Camp
Name: El Garraf Vineyard
Where: Mas Mestre, Olivella, Catalunya
How to find it: From the AP7 exit at Vilafranca del Penedes then follow the C-15 towards Sitges. Join the C-15b at Canyelles and follow signs for Sitges. After 5km you’ll see a left turn at KM-6 into Mas Mestre. Go over the hill, follow the road down and through its little winds at the end then turn left just after a very small bridge.
This wild spot is a little off the beaten track as it’s behind one of the many soulless ‘urbanizacion’ developments; a bunch of houses in the middle of nowhere, served by one or two buses a day and with no real amenities like shops or doctors.
We stayed here to sample some of the walks in Parc del Garraf and this spot put us right on them.
There is no water supply here, even the little river which meanders between the local vineyards is dried up most of the time and would be too polluted to use even if it were flowing.
For Sweep it was okay; he had to stay on his long lead because the road nearby, despite being out in the sticks, is still well frequented by vans and lunatic car drivers. For walks it was perfect and we spent several hours exploring the area, taking in the sights of a post rain morning amid the decaying grape vines whose summer blooms and September harvests supply the famously cheap and cheerful ‘Cava’ champagne.
The night was peaceful and the morning brought a flurry of dog walking activity, much to Sweep’s delight.
Our Carrefour internet dongle worked well here.
Wild camping may not be your thing but you can always book a hotel in nearby Sant Pere de Ribes by clicking here.
Our Verdict: A good, secluded spot in the hills at the back of Sitges with plenty of good walks and lovely scenery, marred only by a lack of water supply meaning a long term stay is a no go.
Sweep’s Verdict: Big paws up.