After the Spanish civil war, the city became popular destination for counterculture who wanted to escape Franco's strict conservative lifestyle. Sitges is still today known of its liberal attitude and easygoing lifestyle. Sitges has especially lively gay scene, which shows as a multitude of gay bars and nightclubs.
Sitges film festival takes place in October, bringing dazzle and glamour to town along with Hollywood stars.
Where to stay in Sitges
The center of Sitges is very compact. The area around the picture 13 has best selection restaurants and bars and the proximity to the beach is short. Families might also consider about Aiguadolç port area with a multitude of hotels and restaurants. Sometimes you will find better hotel deals from that area. The hotel prices are quite high during the summer months in Sitges.
Things to do
Sunbathing at the beautiful beaches is one of the main things to do in Sitges, yet strolling between the white washed houses and popping into museums & shops, enjoying fresh seafood and well-crafted cocktails in the busy nightlife of Sitges, are not to be missed either.
La Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla
The church of La Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla is a Sitges landmark. The Gothic style church located right at the beach front has been there from 17th century. There is a catholic mass taking place every day at the church.
Museu de Maricel
The Museu de Maricel was created in 1969, when the old building was purchased to exhibit the private collection of a famous doctor who had an interest in art. The visit to the Maricel Museum begins with sculptures and altarpieces belonging to the Romanesque and Gothic periods, continuing to works from the Neoclassic period and Romanticism.
Museu Romantic Can Llopis
A neoclassical building in the center of Sitges houses the Romantic Museum. The building’s first owner is Manuel Llopis i Fals, who bought it from his cousin to accommodate his family. The main floor is decorated with paintings by Pau Rigalt. The second floor held the collection of dolls of Lola Anglada from 1961.
The museum is closed for renovation until further notice.
Museu Can Ferrat
The Cau Ferrat Museum is located next to Marcela Museum. It was founded in 1893 by the artist Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931), serving as his home workshop. The house became a public museum in 1933.The Museum contains two types of collections; ancient art gathered by Rusiñol: paintinga, forges, ceramics, glass, archaeology, sculptures and furniture, and modern art: paintings, drawings, sculptures. from artists like Rusiñol, Casas and Picasso among others.
Who would have known that the world famous rum has its roots in Sitges. Facundo Bacardi, the brand's founder, was born in the Mediterranean town and migrated to Santiago de Cuba in 1830. The permanent exhibition, located in the Mercat Vell, exhibits the history of the brand Bacardi and tells about its ties to Sitges.
The center houses a collection that exhibits art of from the sixties to the present day, with over 70 works of contemporary artists from 21 countries.
Beaches in Sitges
The coast of Sitges has a staggering number of 17 beaches on its coastline, both inside and outside the town area. Small, large, quiet, family, naturist and urban beaches - Here you will find an introduction of the main beaches.
All the following beaches have these basic services:
-First aid & rescue
-Parasol & deckchair hire
The Garraf beach is located some 10 kilometers east from Sitges. Garraf train station is located right in front of the beach, only 5 minutes away from Sitges. There are a couple of restaurants at the beach, where you can enjoy a nice seafood lunch. Garraf is one of the best places to do snorkeling near Barcelona area. You’ll see small Mediterranean fish here and there. Closer to September, the waters tend to be full of tiny jellyfish that can be annoying but harmlessness.
Size: length 380 m., average width 28 m.
The most eastern beach in the town area of Sitges is called Aiguadolç. It takes about 15 minutes to walk there from the center, but if you’re staying in one of the hotels at Aiguadolç harbor, then it is conveniently close to you. The Platja Aiguadolç is nudist friendly.
Size: length 145 meters, 20 meters average width.
First beach to the west of Port d'Aiguadolç is called Balmins. It consists of three small coves between the port and the town center. Balmins sunbathers are mostly nudists.
Size: length 240 meters, average width 20 meters.
Located just behind the church to the east, the Sant Sebastià is popular amongs local families.
Size: length 205 meters, average width 20 meters.
This sporty beach lies under the church to the West. Volleyball nets, pedal boats and football fields attract young people to go to Fragata.
Size: length 85 meters, average width 35 meters.
Probably the most busy beaches of Sitges, but also one of the largest, is called Ribera. It’s located in front of the center
Size: length 260 meters, average width 36 meters.
Next beach to the west is called Bassa Rodona, which is the main gay beach in Sitges. It’s on the verge of the residential area and the city center.
Size: length 285 meters, average width 18 meters.
It’s located in front of residential area of El Vinyet, yet very close to the center. It’s almost as busy as Ribera. The beach is full of equally locals and tourists.
Size: length 365 meters, average width 15 meters.
How to get there:
From Barcelona El Prat airport:
By bus: You can take a direct bus to Sitges by the company Mon bus. The journey takes from 25min and costs around 7 euros. The bus leaves from in front of Terminal 1.
By train: There are no direct trains from Barcelona El Prat airport to Sitges. You have to first take a local train from Terminal 2 to El Prat station where you have to change to another local train that goes to south. That line is called R2. Trains run every 30 minutes both from airport and El Prat. You can buy the ticket from Barcelona Airport Train station to Sitges from an automate. The price is around 4 euros.
Website for trains: renfe.com
Shopping in Sitges
The majority of shops are concentrated on the Carrer de Sant Francesc and it's immediate surroundings. You'll find especially a good selection of small artisan shops in clothing, accessories and jewelry. You have a bigger selection of shops in Vilanova i Geltrú, which is located only 7 minutes to South from Sitges.
Prices in Sitges
Sitges is somewhat more expensive destination than its neighboring towns on the Catalonian cost. There is big gap in accommodation prices between the low and the high seasons. In June, the prices of hotel rooms start to rise towards to the peak in July and August.
Below, you will find examples of restaurant and hotel prices in Sitges. The hotel room prices are median prices at Booking.com.
Pizza in restaurant
Steak in restaurant
33 cl beer in restaurant
Hotel room, 3-4* (April)
Hotel room, 3-4* (July)
Weather in Sitges
There is a big difference between the summer and winter months, as the town goes hibernating in November and becomes lively again in May-June.
Winter: The winter months from December to February are often rainy and the average temperatures vary between 5-15 °C.
Spring: The rainfalls are less frequent the further to the spring it gets and the sun is out more often. In March, the average daily high temperature climbs is around 15-20°C, but in May, the average is already at 20 °C. May is often the month when you have beach weather in Sitges the first time.
Summer: From June to August, it rains seldom and the sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. The temperature climbs up to 30 °C and over. June isn't as hot as July and August.
Autumn: September is still a warm month and it’s often beach weather in Sitges throughout the month. The temperature in September stays clearly above 20 °C In mid October, the weather cools down to under 20 °C and it starts to rain more often. In November, the temperature is already around 10°C.