Welcome to Sitges
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Sitges has been a resort town since the 19th century and it was a key location for the Modernism art movement, which paved the way for the likes of Picasso. Today Sitges is quite famously known as being one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world and their annual event celebrating Pride is one of the most noted in Europe.
As well as Pride, Sitges has a glittering events calendar which features an International Film Festival, a Jazz festival, their legendary Carnival celebrations and an array of traditional events where you can learn more about the culture and customs of this part of Spain.
There’s no denying that Sitges has a hedonistic side, yet it still retains a classy charm and is often referred to as the St Tropez of Spain. In fact, the property prices in Sitges are approaching those of the most expensive European cities.
Sitges offers a great selection of beaches (17 in all), yet there’s much this destination has to offer with its collection of museums and galleries where you can learn and be inspired. For a museum which is likely to appeal to most, you can visit Casa Barcardi where you can discover the history behind this world famous rum brand which was founded in Sitges.
If you’re interested in a cruise and stay holiday in Sitges, continue reading our travel guide below to discover what else this destination has in store for you.
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Things to do in Sitges
The beaches are one of the biggest draws for visitors to Sitges…
There are 17 beaches to choose from and each has its own character and shape. Platja de la Fragata is one of the most central and it’s located just beneath the church. Make sure to do your research before randomly selecting a beach to go to as several of them are nudist beaches and if that’s not for you it might come as a bit of a surprise!
If you’ve always wondered about the history behind the bat on the Barcardi logo then head to Casa Barcardi where you can learn more about this world famous rum brand which was founded in Sitges by Don Facundo Barcardi…
After visiting the Heritage Hall and seeing how the rum is made, you can then enjoy a fantastic rum cocktail in the stunning Barcardi Lounge Bar or on the beautiful Terazza.
Feel inspired by having a wander around one of the many art galleries in Sitges…
They range from the wonderfully eclectic to those which have taken inspiration from Africa and others which will make your eyes go wide with the bold colours of pop art.
Sitges is well-located to experience a day trip to the nearby Penedes wine and cava region where there is mile upon mile of vineyards dotted with farmhouses and small towns…
One of the most noted vineyards is Torres which dates back to 1870.
Restaurants in Sitges
Al Fresco is consistently named as one of the best restaurants in Sitges. The menu is extensive and you’ll find dishes from all around the world from Italy to Australia. You can enjoy your meal dining in a beautiful Gaudi-esque courtyard.
Enjoy sampling the Catalan cuisine at this inexpensive tapas bar. One of the best dishes is xató, a salad which is topped with salted cod, anchovies and tuna and finished off with a drizzle of Malvasia de Sitges which is a local dessert wine.
Els Quatre Gats
For those looking for a little history and culture served alongside their meal, Els Quatre Gats in the Gothic Quarter is known as the meeting place of many famous artists during the modernist period. From Gaudi to Picasso, if you dine here you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the past.
This modern and stylish restaurant has a wide range of dishes on the menu, however it really specialises in seafood with a Catalan twist. If you can, try to book a table on the terrace which is beautifully lit for an elegant atmosphere.
Guria Taberna is a traditional pintxo bar which is often packed with locals and visitors alike. It’s a small place so it does fill up quickly. Head there around 7pm to make sure you get a seat to enjoy some delicious tapas.
El Piano bar
Head to El Piano Bar for a raucous good time. The bar hosts a multitude of live music performances including sets from West End singers. The music is wonderfully camp and towards the end of the night you’ll hear some true golden classics being played that ensure people of all ages are strutting their stuff on the dance floor.
Featuring a nostalgic maritime decor, Pub Voramar is full of character and great place to grab an amazing mojito whilst enjoying the sea views.
Casablanca Cocktail Bar & Art Lounge
A night at Casablanca is like having a jovial night of drinks with close friends. The atmosphere is welcoming and laidback and it’s described by many as being something of a hidden gem of Sitges.
El Gin Tub
There’s an extensive selection of gins to choose from at El Gin Tub. The passion for gin here is clear as their custom cocktails are created using homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters to compliment the gin in the most delicious way.
Events in Sitges
Sitges Flower Carpet Festival
This annual week-long event takes place from around the 17th to the 25th June. Also known as ‘Concurso de Alfombras de Flores' and sometimes 'Arte Floral del Corpus Christi’, the event sees local people create flower carpets which run through the streets in a beautiful display of coloured flowers, petals and seeds which form intricate designs.
Sitges International Film Festival
Held in early October, the Sitges Film Festival has been taking place for over 50 years. The festival shows viewings and movie debuts from all around the world. Some of the most notable names to have their work associated with the event include Director Guillermo del Toro and actors Jackie Chan, Kit Harington and Dakota Fanning.
The Carnival is possibly the most celebrated event in Sitges. It takes place in February and attracts thousands of people who come to watch the colourful parades, dance in the streets to musical performances and more uniquely, take part in the Bed Race which literally involves racing a bed on wheels through the streets.
As one of the most popular LGBT holiday destinations in Europe, Sitges Pride is one of the best Pride events in the calendar. It takes place in June each year and the town comes to life with a dazzling array of colourful costumes, events and parades.