Cubelles is one of our coastal towns, located at the mouth of the river Foix, in the most western part of the area. It was a town of great importance in the middle ages, and its castle protected the settlers of the neighbouring Geltrú who decided to leave because of the so-called droit du seigneur and form La Vila Nova. This is reflected in the town charter, where Vilanova i la Geltrú is called ´Vilanova de Cubelles´.
We invite you to take a walk through this Mediterranean town which offers a pretty and quiet urban centre and an extensive promenade along excellent fine sandy beaches.
The route can begin with a visit to the Permanent Exhibition of the Clown Charlie Rivel, which displays the legacy of the universal clown and favourite son of the town of Cubelles, Josep Andreu Lasserre, on the ground floor of the Castell dels Marquesos d´Alfarràs, built in 1675 on the remains of the old 10th century castle. This reform greatly remodelled the building, which changed and notably expanded the original fortification converting it into a small rectangular civil palace with three floors. Declared of cultural interest in 1949, the Town Council bought it in the 1980s and it is currently undergoing restoration work. In a rehabilitated part of the ground floor is the municipal tourism office.
At the highest point of passeig de Narcís Bardají is the church of Santa Maria, from the 18th century, and its bell tower, which stand out within the layout of the old centre of Cubelles.
A little further up, you find plaça de la Vila with the town hall. Take carrer de Colom to reach plaça de la Font and follow carrer de Sant Antoni, where L´Aliança building stands out, built in 1914 by the indiano Pere Escardó and which is now the head office of the leisure organisation of the same name. On the ground floor there is a theatre that for many years was used as a cinema and ballroom. On the upper floor there is a café with a terrace.
A little further on, you can appreciate the grandiose building of Can Travé, in classical style, property of the family Travé. A few metres on, on the left you can see the hermitage of Sant Antoni de Pàdua (18th century), with a chapel with a rectangular single nave and a gabled Arab tile roof, constructed in 1694. Its austerity and simplicity stand out. It is now private property.
Once you have visited the places of interest, we recommend that you return to plaça de la Font and walk along the narrow streets off carrer Major to enjoy the peace and quiet that emanates from the façades of the old farmhouses; narrow streets where the rural spirit of the people lives on.
You can return to passeig de Narcís Bardají and walk to the promenade to enjoy the beaches of Cubelles and the natural area of El Foix Delta.