Sitges has always been a place that has captivated artists, tourists and, in general, visitors from all around the world. For many, the secret lies in its light and almost 300 sunny days a year, as confirmed by the painters, sculptors and writers who made this town their home during the late 19th century.
The fact is that nature has indeed been extremely generous with this city and Sitges is also privileged to be located on the Mediterranean coast at the very foot of the Garraf Massif.
Culturally speaking, its legacy is extraordinary: here art is alive and traditions are upheld with a modern outlook.
Moreover, the town enjoys a very cosmopolitan personality thanks to its population’s heterogeneity, with residents of more than 70 different nationalities living together.
Sitges has preserved important medieval references as well as others from the old fishing and farming town it once was, offering visitors a valuable architectural heritage. The cultural movements of the last century have also bequeathed a magnificent architectural legacy, painting, etc.
Sitges is an international benchmark for Modernisme. A stroll along the cobbled streets of its old town awakens the senses and emotions, with historic and iconic buildings hiding museums within, featuring unique works of art by Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas, as well as El Greco and Picasso, among others. Discovering Sitges’ modernist heritage and its all-embracing art forms, which have left lasting cultural and social marks on the town, is an essential and unforgettable experience.
The town has a wide range of unique culture on offer, making it one of the country’s reference points. To start with, we have our museums, among which the Cau Ferrat Museum and the Maricel Museum both stand out, declared a site of national interest. We also have the Palau de Maricel and the Fundació Pere Stämpfli, with contemporary art collections and many art galleries.
In turn, the coast of Sitges offers a few kilometers of beaches and coves that are the delight of many visitors during the summer months. From Garraf to Dead Man’s Cove, north to south, opens a wide range of beaches with the most diverse locations and views. And you may benefit of doing activities in this amazing landscape, such as surfing, running, sailing, swimming, practise Tai Chi in front of the sea or go hiking and ride a bike in the Parc del Garraf.
In Sitges, there are many different options for free time, which activates all of the senses and where residents themselves can become temporary teammates in any of these sporting activities.
Finally, Sitges has a varied range of good restaurants and bars. To eat, drink and dance. There is a wide range on offer.
All you have to do is set your pace!
Facundo Bacardí, founder of one of the most well-known and famous rum brands in the world, was born in Sitges. Casa Bacardí allows visitors to take part in a guided tour through the brand’s history, with tasting included.
Cau Ferrat Museum
Entering the Cau Ferrat Museum, declared a museum of national interest by the Government of Catalonia, is like entering Modernisme’s treasure chamber.
The Maricel Museum, also recognised as a museum of national interest by the Government of Catalonia, draws on ten centuries of art, starting with doctor Jesús Pérez Rosales’ collection of art and antiques and finishing with the modernist paintings and sculptures of artists.
Can Llopis Romanticism Museum
Located in a building with a Neoclassical facade, this museum displays murals with biblical scenes by the painter Pau Rigalt and one of Europe’s largest collections of dolls and toys, donated by Lola Anglada.
Built between 1913 and 1918, the Maricel Palace is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sitges with a marked modernist style which stands out for its mix of styles and material. The itinerary goes through all its corners of this building.
The Fundació Stämpfli includes a collection of around 100 works, mainly concentrated on the second half of the 19th century. The works are signed by artists such as Arroyo, Canogar, Monroy, Stämpfli, Klassen, Chevalier and Marc Brusse.
Places of interest
One of the town’s most symbolic viewpoints, where the Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla Parish Church (from the 17th century) stands, commonly known as ‘La Punta’. This square is also the entrance to the old town.
This street is home to the Cau Ferrat Museum and the Maricel complex (Maricel Museum and Palau de Maricel). If you head down the street, you reach one of the town’s most precious beaches comes into view: Sant Sebastià.
This is the oldest street in Sitges and flanks the city walls. It has an irregular layout and arched doorways which instantly ushering you into medieval times.
Town Hall Square
The Town Hall, dating back to 1889, is built on the foundations and the supporting walls of the medieval castle. The building next to it was the old market and now houses the Casa Bacardí Visitor Centre. Just behind the town hall is the Santiago Rusiñol Public Library, which occupies Miquel Utrillo’s former stately home.
It was built in 1907 and it is currently home to the Fundació Ave Maria, a charitable foundation. It is a Modernista-style house with an attached Romanesque style chapel.
Casa Josep Mirabent
It is a three floor neoclassical house built in 1878 and set in a garden. The building features brick and stucco ornamentation and some elements of Arab inspiration. A stone railing surrounds the rooftop.
How to get around Sitges?
Most of the time you may get around Sitges simply walking around the town. Some examples of walking distances from the Conference Venue (Hotel Melià Sitges):
- To the town center, 20 min
- To the beach, 5 min
- To the train station, 17 min
However, some destinations are slightly outside of the center. Therefore, it is useful to indicate the different transport options within Sitges itself.
Sitges has three bus routes that depart from Sitges train station and run to separate areas of Sitges. All local buses have a special access ramp for customers in a wheelchair or with reduced mobility. The ramp is located towards the rear of the bus.
This line covers the North of Sitges.
This line covers the West of Sitges.
This line covers the West of Sitges.
Each of the three bus lines run twice an hour from Train station bus stop: on the hour and at 30 minutes past the hour.
- From Monday to Friday, the bus lines start operating at 7:00 and end at 21:00.
- Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday start operating at 9:00 and end at 21:00.
If you are buying a ticket for a single journey, 1,50€, this can be purchased on the bus itself.
If you wish to purchase a T-10, a ten journey tickets for 12€ that allows you to save money on the journeys, this must be purchased from Sitges train station. Please note that this T-10 is a different T-10 than the one that you can purchase for use in Barcelona, therefore you cannot use the same T-10 in both Sitges and Barcelona.
If you need to use a taxi whilst you are in Sitges, there are the following taxi stands:
- At the train station (Carrer Salvador Mirabent Paretes)
- At the Shopping Center Oasis (Carrer Sínia Morera)
- At the Hotel Dolce Sitges (Avinguda Camí de Miralpeix,12)
- On the Passeig Marítimo with Avinguda Sofía
- On the Passeig Marítim in front of the Hotel Terramar
- At the Hotel Melià Sitges (Carrer Joan Salvat Papasseit)
- Hotel Platjador (Passeig de la Ribera) – Night
You can also:
Call the phone and ask them to come to pick you up
- 938 94 13 29
- 938 94 35 94
Taxis are available with 4, 6 and 8 seats. There is also a special needs vehicle with a wheelchair lift. We recommend this vehicle is booked in advance.
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