Sitges has been, for many years, one of the most exciting and dynamic towns on the Mediterranean coast. Because of its cosmopolitan character, its extraordinary leisure, dining and cultural offer and its lively night life, Sitges has become one of the most popular destinations on the Catalan coast.
Sitges is 35 km south of Barcelona with excellent access either by rail or road. El Prat International Airport is only 20 km heading for Barcelona whereas Reus Airport is 70 km to the south. Port Aventura amusement park is only 45 minutes drive and the Penedes vineyards and wineries less than 30 minutes away by car.
When to go
Sitges can be visited at any time of the year because of the exceptional weather conditions in the area, with an average of more than 300 sunny days per year. Undoubtedly, summer is the season with more tourists but the bustling activity continues when hot days are over and entertainment and cultural offer is available throughout the year.
What to do
Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of Sitges are the 17 beaches stretching along 4 km of coast and its impressive seaside promenade. But Sitges has more to offer, much more.
The city, which keeps the charm of the old fishing village, offers to visitors an imposing architectural and cultural patrimony due to the initiative of artists and patrons such as Santiago Rusiñol, Miquel Utrillo or Charles Deering. They have made of Sitges a landmark for writers, musicians and other intellectuals who have turned the city into an important center of Modernism diffusion. On the other hand, Americans who took advantage of the American dream have hired modernist architects to build grand mansions, contributing to the artistic patrimony of Sitges. The museums, the guided excursions or the strolls through the Old Town are an opportunity to admire this important legacy.
Sitges has several museums:
Cau Ferrat Museum: home-studio writer and artist Santiago Rusiñol, outstanding representative of Catalan Modernism. In it you can see a large collection of cast iron and a major exhibition of paintings by artists like Miro, Picasso, Casas and El Greco among others.
Romantic Museum: old manor where, among other pieces, you can see one of the finest collections of antique dolls from Europe, compiled by Lola Anglada.
Maricel Museum: The former residence of the wealthy American, Charles Deering, now houses the art collection donated by Dr. Jesus Perez Rosales to the town of Sitges in 1970. In this museum you can find pieces of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance painting or modern Catalan sculptures.
Stämpfli Foundation: Located in the old fish market, home to around 80 works of contemporary art from over 50 artists.
Sitges is also the ideal destination for good food lovers, as they know they will find a variety of restaurants where you can taste excellent fish dishes, traditional meals like xató or a variety of rice. There are also a number of bars serving delicious tapas.
We cannot forget the wide range of nightlife options. Lots of bars, pubs and clubs of all kinds, will delight all night owls visiting this population.
For sports enthusiasts, Sitges offers a wide variety of sports centers where you stay fit, yacht marinas for water activities, a golf course and various equestrian centers.
Sitges is, after Barcelona, the city with more conferences and business meetings in Catalonia. No doubt, its climate, its friendly nature and boundless beauty have contributed.
Sitges has activities for almost every week of the year. The Carnival, the Festa Major and Santa Tecla (local folk celebrations), the carpets of flowers in Corpus, the Gay Pride, the International Film Festival, the Vintage Car Rally, many sports competitions and festivals of dance, theater, music and dance, complete the already wide offer of leisure activities of Sitges.