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Cava Codorniu is the oldest cava producer in Spain, and one of the biggest sellers too. Located in the town of Sant Sadurni just a few minutes outside Barcelona, it is very well known for its modernist architecture and sprawling grounds.

How to get there: As I mentioned in my earlier post, you can take the train and then stroll over or take a cab to the winery. Codorniu also has a bus service from Barcelona, that picks up at a couple of stops and bring you to the winery – a good option for larger groups, or if the train is too much hassle.

Did you know that the “cava capital” of the world is literally less than an hour away from Barcelona? Considering the amount of cava I have consumed, I’m embarrassed to say I had no idea either!  Cava is literally the “champagne of Spain”, and makes for easy drinking, bubbles when you need them, and an economical alternative to champagne.

As soon I found out about the Penedes region though Jessica, it was instantly added to our Spain itinerary. However, I had a hard time finding information online about planning a day trip to the region and visiting a few producers without going through an organized tour. So here’s what you need to know, if you are interested in quick day trip outside Barcelona for a glass (or many) of cava.

One of my favorite things about Spain is the number of local food markets in the cities. When you want a change from the restaurant/café scene, a visit to a local market is perfect. I truly believe that one of the best ways to experience a local food culture is by going to the local markets.

Of course, the famous La Boqueria food market is on everyone’s list, including ours, but for a truly local version (read: way less touristy), visit the Mercat Santa Caterina.  Set in the beautiful and trendy El born district of Barcelona, it is only a short 15 minute walk from the Las Ramblas neighborhood.