Although Sabadell has a lot to offer, why not get out of the city and visit some of the surrounding towns? No, we are not saying you should go to Barcelona. Even though it would be a good idea, we recommend that you go to Sant Cugat del Vallès, where you will have 5 must-see visits to soak up its history, fill your stomach and help you relax.
Reial Monestir de Sant Cugat
It would be a shame to visit Sant Cugat del Vallès and not the Reial Monestir. It is the original core around which the town was developed, as well as having great artistic, cultural and historical value.
With a total of 144 unique capitals, it is the perfect place to spend a good time discovering the history of each one and its meaning. Inside, time almost seems to have stopped. You will be seduced by the light that filters through the impressive rosette; an imposing circumference of eight meters of diameter that transforms the sun’s rays into colors. Some may find it familiar, as it is the same one found in the church of ‘Santa Maria del Pi’ in Barcelona.
Sightseeing in a city is not synonymous with spending the day in an old building. We will make you a unique and delicious proposal: visit the new Mercat Vell. In the different stands you will be able to taste products with a unique flavour.
Moreover, you can buy some to take home. I am sure that when you pass by the town again you will want to go to the market to buy them again.
Mercantic Vintage Village
Do you consider yourself a collector? Then you are going to love this stop: the big vintage market known as Mercantic.
Dozens and dozens of stalls with real wonders, such as the ‘El Siglo‘ stand, which may be the largest second-hand bookstore in Spain; with thousands of novels, essays, poetry, encyclopaedias… Throughout the year, meetings, presentations, cultural events and small concerts are organised. One day is not enough to see all the booths.
Museu Cal Gerrer
Right in front of the Monastery of Sant Cugat is the ‘Casa Museu Cal Gerrer‘. Inside you will discover the history linked to the art and artistic trades of the Cabanas-Alimbau dynasty.
But what will leave you speechless is what you will find on the third floor, where the extensive collection and archive of Frederic Cabanas about the figure of Marilyn Monroe is kept. A 35-year work, which you can visit, with a little luck, guided by Frederic himself.
Collserola Natural Park
The last essential place you should visit is considered a treasure by the locals: the Collserola Natural Park, a real green lung with possibilities for young and old.
There are bike paths, monuments to visit (such as the Sant Medir hermitage or the ‘Torre Negra’), and several playgrounds for the little ones to enjoy while the adults rest in some of the bars enjoying the good weather.