If you’re looking for a relaxing and authentic destination in Spain for your 2017 holiday, take a look at the beautiful town of Sitges. A traditional coastal town that has evolved into a popular Spanish tourist resort, but retained all of its authentic charm and personality, Sitges has something for everybody. Here you’ll find all types of attractions, from theme parks like Port Aventura to historic sites like the Church of Sant Bartomeu and the Cau Ferrat Museum. Sitges is also a great pick for beach lovers, as there are 17 beaches here to choose from. This is a wonderful choice of destination for those looking to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, enjoy a spot of shopping and top-class attractions.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
When to go
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From family-friendly theme parks to romantic couples’ retreats, a holiday in Sitges offers you the best of all worlds. The Sitges coastline has a wide range of picturesque beaches, including urban beaches like Garraf Beach to the scenic natural beaches of the west and east areas. Perhaps you fancy a change of scenery? In which case, you’ll find a number of entertaining activities in the area such as the popular Aqualeon Waterpark, or you can enjoy a sit down meal and glass of wine in Malvasia. For a historic day out, head to the Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, as well as the Mariel Museum. Sitges Carnival is one of the most popular festivals in Catalonian culture, giving you the opportunity to learn about this fascinating and historic region.
Wine and Dine
Calling all foodies! Sitges is the place to enjoy Catalonian cuisine at its fresh and finest. The locals here enjoy a healthy Mediterranean diet, so you can always expect a good deal of fresh vegetables, seafood and meat. Some of the most popular traditional Catalonian dishes including Escudella I carn d’olla broth, while the top dish in Sitges is Xato, a salad comprised mainly of anchovies and olives with a hot chilli sauce topping. Xato is often served with a selection of omelettes as a side dish, helping you to keep nicely full and energised for your holiday adventures. If that doesn’t take your fancy, you could try other Spanish favourites such as fideua and paella, or try the traditional Spanish dining experience of tapas. Tapas involves a number of smaller dishes being served together all at once, so you can enjoy a little of everything that tickles your taste buds. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll enjoy authentic Catalonian desserts such as coca de llardons, a traditional Catalonian cake, and a glass of Malvasia liquor-style wine. The Penedes area is renowned for its prestigious cava, while you can taste a selection of Spanish wines at the local vineyards of Priorat and Torres.
The wide range of sandy beaches make Sitges a fantastic choice for family holidays. There are more than 300 days of sun a year, drenching the wide gold coloured beaches in warm sunshine. Most beaches in the Sitges area have good amenities for families including refreshment stands and showers to clean off the saltwater and sand, while the beaches closer to the town centre have the best family oriented facilities and scenic promenades. If you prefer manmade attractions, take your family to Aqualeon Waterpark and Port Aventura theme park at Tarragona. Aqualeon has a variety of slides, pools and water based activities, while there’s fun events and rides for all ages at Port Aventura. With year round sunshine you can enjoy a fuss free family outing at any time by simply packing a picnic and heading out to a local playground so that your kids can enjoy the sings. Sitges has a wide range of outdoor sports facilities for surfing, mini-golf and horseback riding.
Action and Adventure
Sitges is a fantastic choice of holiday destination for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, whether you’re a tennis fan or more of a water sports aficionado. Kick off your adrenaline-pumping holiday with a visit to the Garraf National Park for outdoor activities including hiking, trekking and rock climbing, as well as taking you up close and personal to wildlife and nature. If you prefer indoor rock climbing, you can head to the Espai d’Escalada. Golf lovers can tee off in stylish surroundings at the Club de Golf Terramar, a well-maintained course for players of all ability levels. Catalonia has a place right at the heart of the motor racing industry, which you can learn more about at the Autodromo de Sitges Terramar. If your partner is a petrol head or motorsport enthusiast, they’ll really appreciate a trip to the Autodromo and a tour of the old-school track. If you’re looking for excursions to keep you entertained during your time in Sitges, you can head to Tarragona for a go-karting experience at El Vendrell or try your hand at high-speed dirt biking. Tarragona also boats the Calafell Slide, a huge toboggan for children and kids at heart.
Life's a Beach
With a staggering choice of 17 sandy beaches, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sun, sea and sand on your Sitges holiday. Sitges has a handful of beaches in the east, including Les Botigues and Castelldefels, which are renowned for their family friendly facilities. Platja Sant Sebastia is situated to the east of the church and is small, at around 20 metres wide and 205 metres in length. The compact size of the beach gives an intimate atmosphere, while there’s also a scenic promenade with terraces overlooking the beach. Platja de les Anquines is the westernmost beach of Sitges, extending for 160 metres and averaging at 50 metres in width. This is a great place to get away from the bustle, and you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the little secluded cove. Platja de les Anquines has calm waters and great family-friendly amenities including lifeguards on patrol, a beach bar, parasols, deck chairs and a kayak school.
Although it’s a relatively small town, Sitges is renowned for its thrilling nightlife scene. Sitges has a good selection of clubs and bars, as well as restaurants that stay open well into the night. If you’re craving a thrilling nightlife experience, there are a number of fantastic drinking establishments in Sitges. The Placa del Cap de la Vila is Sitges’ main centre and is brimming with cocktail and tapas bars, as well as many places to get a beer. The Piano Bar is one of the most popular bars among Sitges locals, offering live cabaret shows and impromptu karaoke sessions for hilarious nights out. It’s worth noting that Sitges has a wide range of nightlife for all types of people, from single gay travellers looking to hit the local gay bars to wholesome family-oriented restaurants. If you’re looking for gay bars, head to the Calle Primer de Maig or the Parrots Pub. If you’re looking for a family friendly nightlife venue, try the Mont Roig Café, which has an outdoor seating area and a terrace, ideal for people watching.
If you’re considering Sitges for a couples’ holiday, it’s worth remembering that Sitges is an inclusive holiday destination that welcomes all types of couple including those from the LGBT+ communities. You’ll find whole streets dedicated to gay bars and LGBT+ friendly bars and clubs, and the whole resort has a sense of community and inclusiveness that makes you feel right at home. Both gay and straight holidaymakers return to Sitges year after year, giving you a sense of how popular Sitges is as a couples’ holiday resort. Sitges has been dubbed ‘the Saint Tropez of Spain’, but has a much more laid-back and romantic atmosphere. Sitges’ relaxed ambience is the ideal setting for romantic strolls through the cobbled streets, exploring the winding pathways of the old town for nice little places to eat. You can even learn about the origins of Romanticism as a movement at the Can Llopis Romanticism Museum, which is sure to impress your partner. The medieval town of Montblanc is a fantastic spot for a couples’ daytrip, while you can shop until you drop at Parellades Steet. If you pride yourselves on being a more active couple, you can head out for a hike around the Garraf Massif, or take a trip to one of the Costa Dorada’s many lovely beaches for a wide range of water sports.
Sitges is a vibrant town alive with culture, making it a great choice of holiday destination for those that love to learn more about history and the Catalonian way of life. The town is renowned for its bohemian culture and spirited lifestyle, which places great importance on art and music. One of Sitges most famous residents is the artist Santiago Rusinol, and you can learn more about his art and life at the Cau Ferrat Museum (also his former home) near Sebastia. Sitges is also home to the Bodegas Guell, a famous Gaudi designed building. The town has a number of vibrant cultural events and festivals through the year, such as the Reyes Magos Parade in January and the Carnaval de Sitges in February. In the wider area, you’ll find the International Film Festival of Catalonia.