Sitges is undoubtedly one of the favorite destinations for Barcelonans, a city adored by the gay community and a must for any visitor to the Catalan capital, located about 40 kilometers from Barcelona. Between the sea, the mountains and the vineyards, the destination is a sensation; a sensation of living, a vibrant and cosmopolitan state of mind that invites you to return again and again. As well as being a lively place, Sitges is also an important sports and cultural destination, with a wide variety of bars and restaurants. The shops are clearly committed to quality and refined products, with lots of lovely boutiques.
A walk through the historic center of Sitges will show you how unique Sitges is. It is to the sound of the waves that you can travel through the history of the city walking through its cobbled streets lined with palaces, castles and historic modernist buildings. With 5 museums, 2 visitor centers, more than 13,000 works and art galleries, the cultural life of Sitges deserves your time. With more than 17 km of coastline perfect for sunbathing and disconnecting near the Mediterranean. Feel free to discover the character of the town in its 19 fine sandy beaches. Here’s what you need to know on places to visit and how to get there.
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It is the house-studio of the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol transformed into a museum in 1933. Considered one of the temples of modernism, the museum exhibits the collections assembled by Rusiñol which include forge, ceramics and glass, as well as ancient art: El Greco and an important collection of modern art painting and sculptures, with some projects by Enric Clarasó, Ramon Casas, Zuloaga and Picasso.
Cau Ferrat Museum
The museum is located in the old Hospital de Sant Joan which later became the home of industrialist and collector Charles Deering. The Cau Ferrat museum has an excellent collection of ancient art like Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque and modern art like Romanticism, Luminism, Modernism and Noucentisme sculptures and paintings. Some of the art that is highlighted here are from the hands of Joan Roig i Soler, Arcadi Mas, Fondevila, Joaquim de Miró, Antoni Almirall, also Santiago Rusiñol and Joaquim Sunyer.
The Can Llopis Romantic Museum
House with a neoclassical façade built in 1793 and owned by the Llopis family, merchants, historians and jurists, it was handed to the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1935 after the death of its last heir, the diplomat Manuel Llopis. The interior is that of a 19th century mansion decorated in the romantic style according to the archetype of a wealthy family of the time. On the first floor, you can discover the decorative evolution of romanticism and the murals with biblical scenes; the work of the painter Paul Rigalt. On the second floor of the house, the doll collection of the artist Lola Anglada is presented, one of the most important in Europe. The winery was an important production center for Malvasia Llopis, which was exported to various countries in America. This tradition continues today at the Hospital de Sant Joan. The house also has a romantic garden where various cultural events take place during the summer.
The Stämpfli Foundation for Contemporary Art
Created at the initiative of the Swiss artist Peter Stämpfli, this foundation brings together a set of 80 works produced by 55 internationally recognized contemporary artists. The center, launched with the support of the Sitges City Council, is open to the public with the collaboration of the Sitges Heritage Consortium. It offers an important panorama of art from the sixties to the present, as well as an interesting program of temporary exhibitions.
Festival International de Sitges
Every year during the month of October the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival takes place! This event is considered the most important festival in the world dedicated to fantastic cinema (more than 100,000 to 180,000 visitors each year). The fesival has been visited by world-renowned names in the movies: Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen.
Sitges Carnival lasts a whole week in February, from Carnival Thursday to Ash Wednesday. Many activities are organized, such as adult parades, Sunday night and Mardi Gras parades, as well as children’s parades that take place in the afternoon. During the parades, the participants dress up in different themes and, accompanied by floats, advance through the main streets of the city where they offer a true display of creativity.
How to get to Sitges from Barcelona
Barcelona has 3 train stations that take you to Sitges along the Línea de Cercanías R2 Sud: Barcelona-Estació de França, Barcelona- Estació/apeadero de Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona-Estació de Sants. Take line R2 Sud towards Vilanova i la Geltrú or Sant Vicenç de Calders. The price of the ticket to go to Sitges by train from Barcelona is €4.20 and can be purchased at ticket offices or vending machines at the station. Trains from Barcelona to Sitges run regularly from Estació de Sants and Passeig de Gracia from Monday to Friday.
The bus from Barcelona to Sitges is useful for its ease, comfort and wi-fi service. There are more and more users taking the Bus with regular lines always operating. Barcelona to Sitges by bus is a 38 km journey with a journey time that varies between 45 and 55 minutes depending on the stops.
The bus service in Barcelona starts at Gran Via 588. There is another stop at Calle Sepúlveda and another at Plaza España. In Sitges, the main bus stop is in front of Parc de Can Robert, on Avenida Vilanova 14. It also has stops at Passeig de Vilanova 44, Restaurante la Masia and Càmping Sitges. The price of the bus ticket is 4.50€ and can be purchased on the bus itself.
It is easy to find a taxi that provides transportation services to Sitges, although the price can be high compared to public transport which is around 75-85€ and the cost of the road toll is to be paid separately. There are many taxi companies in Barcelona, such as Radio Taxi Barcelona or Taxis Barcelona.
The fastest and safest route is the C-32 Pau Casals motorway with tolls, towards Sitges, Tarragona, exit 30. The Barcelona – Sitges motorway toll is approximately 6.95€. If you have time and would like to enjoy amazing views, you can take the C-31 road, traveling 18 km along the coastal road, which will guarantee you beautiful views of the sea and the Garraf coast. For motorbike enthusiasts, the route through the Costas del Garraf is highly recommended.
The location of Sitges at the southern end of the Garraf massif, a chain of limestone mountains that forms a natural barrier, prevents the entry of cold northerly winds. Thanks to this privileged location, Sitges enjoys a particular microclimate, with mild summers and winters, an average temperature of 18.7ºC and more than 300 sunny days a year. Enjoy all these natural perks along your visit and make sure you book our Historical ebike Tour to learn more about Barcelona, its bigger brother nearby.