Head south from Barcelona and within half an hour you will find yourself in the glamours, glitzy and beautiful Catalonian beach town of Sitges.
Famed for its wild nightlife and vibrant feel Sitges is popular with horror fans and the LGBT community. Find out why read on.
Visit a Beach
Sitges has some beautiful beaches to cater for all tastes. If you are wanting family friendly visit the Platja de Sant Sebastià in the east. If you want something livelier and gay-friendly visit Platja la Bassa Ronda. One of the great things about the place is it has some amazing accommodation near the beach. There are plenty of hotels in Sitges as well as hostels and self-catering apartments.
The Museu Cau Ferrat
Once the home of Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol, the building became a museum after the artist and influential figure in the Catalan Modernist Movement died. He bequeathed his home and his possessions to the town of Sitges providing they opened it as a museum. The rest, as they say, is history.
The museum is well worth your time. There are plenty of paintings, ceramics, and sketches from the great artist to savour. You get a strong impression of what the modernist movement was about and how it fits in with art history.
Visit the Old Town
The Sitges Old Town has plenty of history and culture to immerse yourself in despite its size. The 15th-century Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla feature ornate Baroque interiors and must be savoured. The fishermen’s neighbourhood features white houses and from this, you get a feel of how people lived centuries ago. Put it on your to-do list. You won’t be disappointed.
To complete your Old Town experience dining on traditional seafood simply has to be done. A stroll along the seafront reveals plenty of restaurants including the highly rated La Nansa and El Trull. Their seafood and rice dishes are some of the best you will ever taste.
Take a Stroll Along Passeig Maritim
One thing you simply have to do when in Sitges is a walk along the waterfront, the Passeig Maritim. The views, the smells, the feel is wonderful. It is easily one of the most scenic walks you can undertake.
Ice cream shops, restaurants and cafés flank the opposite side of the water so you’re never far away from refreshments.
Tour the Garraf Natural Park
Surrounding Sitges is the Garraf Natural Park. It is part of the Garraf Massif mountain range. Here you can follow marked out trails to other towns. Some take a day to complete so you may want to get the coastal train back into Sitges after you complete a walk.
Along each walk, you will experience areas of natural beauty, small abandoned villages, and a Buddhist Monastery. This is a great way to pass the time and enjoy the countryside.
Sitges is a vibrant Catalan beach town that should be experienced at least once. There is plenty of things to do no matter what kind of holiday you want and many return year on year.