5 places to visit in Sitges, Spain

5 places to visit in Sitges, Spain

The outspoken Sitges is located on the coast less than an hour from Barcelona and is filled with the same energy, but without the large crowds of tourists. Considered one of Spain’s most popular vacation spots in the 19th century, today it’s best known for its picturesque beaches and cultural festivals.

A visit to the city’s galleries and museums will give you a chance to discover its important role in the establishment of the Modernist art movement. Do not miss the wide range of gastronomic choices, which range from fusion restaurants to Spanish taverns and nightclubs and long sandy beaches. Here are our tips on how not to lose a minute of your stay in Sitges.

1. Take a walk along the promenade

Paseo Maritim is a great place to take a walk before it gets too hot. The promenade stretches almost 3 km along the coast from one end of Sitges to the other and offers great views.

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1. Stroll along the promenade

Walk along it beach by beach , you will find many lively bars and restaurants. Choose one to have a good breakfast and start your day admiring the magnificent panorama.

2. Church of San Bartolomeo and Santa Tecla

The church dedicated to San Bartolomeo and Santa Tecla is one of the most remarkable monuments of Sitges. The Baroque building dates back to the 17th century and is nicknamed “La Punta” in the city. Ascend the grand staircase: once at the top you will be rewarded with a great view of the surrounding town and the nearby beach.

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2. Church of San Bartolomeo and Santa Tecla

From May to October, tours of the church are organized every first Saturday of the month. The visit also includes access to the bell tower from which you can enjoy an even more extraordinary view of the city. At the end of your visit, you can get lost in the tangled streets behind the church and have lunch at one of the many charming places.

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3. San Sebastian Beach

The beach of San Sebastian is located between the old town and the port of Sitges . To reach it, simply walk through the eastern wall. On weathery days, the beach is populated by families and groups of friends who spend the day sunbathing. It’s a favorite among locals for its clear water and great beach bar – not at all hard to imagine spending a few hours of total relaxation there.

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3. San Sebastian Beach

Nearby, you’ll find several bars and restaurants that are very popular for their tempting mix of Spanish and international cuisine. In the evening, head up to the headlands surrounding the beach to admire the sun reflecting into the sea at sunset.

4. Immerse yourself in Sitges Carnival

Sitges Carnival is an event full of masked platform parades, bizarre costumes and eccentric parties until late at night. It takes place in February and lasts a full week, drawing more than 250,000 visitors each year . The festivities officially open on Thursday with a ceremony that welcomes the carnival king with a riot of colors and live music.

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4. Immerse yourself in Sitges Carnival

Over the next few days, more than 50 masked platforms and more than 3,000 dancers take part in huge parades . If you like parties and nightlife, choose this time of year to visit Sitges. The whole city participates in the event, reinforcing the festive nature for which it is famous.

5. Museu de Maricel.

Museu de Maricel is well known for its collections of Luminist, Modernist and Noosenthic art. The works are presented in chronological order to illustrate the development of various artistic movements through time, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

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5. Marisel Museum

The building that houses the museum was originally built for the American businessman and collector Charles Dearing and restored between 1910 and 1918 by Miquel Utrillo, the famous Catalan engineer, artist and critic. Erected close to the sea, its windows and loggias offer views whose beauty seems to defy the works of art on display.

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