Sitges Costa Durada Beach Town with museums
Updated: 7 Oct 2021
by: Barcelona Travel Hacks
Summary: Beach town famous for its artists, LGBT and film festival. Sitges is host to carnivals, festivals, religious parades, a classic car rally and historic museum buildings.
Address: Platja de la fragata, Sitges. 08870
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|Notes: Beach is free, Return train costs 9.20 Euros.|
About Sitges Beach Town:
Sitges is a medieval walled costal town. Today little remains of the old city walls and the castle has completely gone. However, there is still a small section of the old wall and moat plus plenty of whitewashed fishermans houses from c1900 or earlier.
Sitges is south of Barelona and a 35 minute Rodalies train ride from Barcelona. The town is famous for its LBGT friendly atmosphere. The town has always been a place that artists and painters like to live so there are many small art galleries and shops in the town centre.
Museums and Historic Buildings
Maricel Museum is an art museum with exhibits from the tenth century.
Cau Ferrat Museum was founded in 1893 by the artist Santiago Rusinol (1861-1931) as a home workshop and became public museum in 1933.
The Maricel Palace is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sitges.
A combined ticket for the Maricel Museum & Cau Ferrat Museum can be purchased for 10 euros. A separate ticket for the Maricel Palace is 5 euros.
Parroquia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla is an active church. Depending on the hours of mass it is possible to visit inside.
Ajuntament de Sitges Casa de la Vila. This is the townhall and is not open to the public but is just behind the church and has a very beautiful facade.
A walk in the old part of the town and the shopping streets. The buildings are very old with cobbled pedestrianised streets with many fashionable boutiques and small art galleries.
Beaches in Sitges
Platja de Sant Sebastia is a small beach to the north of the church. This is also a nudist beach if you dare!
Platja de Fragata is to the south of the church and next to the marina and is family friendly.
Platja de la Estanyol is further south and is in front of the modern hotel complexes.
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Visiting Sitges Beach Town:
Notable Events in Sitges:
late February/early march: The Sitges Carnival is one of the oldest in Catalonia. A wild and merry atmosphere, with two main events: the street parades on Sunday and Tuesday.
Mid March: The Barcelona to Sitges International Vintage Car Rally is an enormous social spectacle which has been held since 1959 and brings together classic cars and motorcycles from before 1924, the majority of which belong to private collections. The drivers and their passengers, in period dress, arrive in Sitges from Barcelona via the Garraf coastline. More than 15 motorcycles and 60 cars, all of them vintage, took part in the last rally.
23rd April: Saint George's Day (Sant Jordi). This is the traditional Catalan day for couples and the tradition is that women give men a book and men give women a rose so Passeig de la Ribera is full of book stalls and florists.
Beginning of June: Gay pride Sitges. This international festival which, in 2019, held its tenth annual edition, has become one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Open to everyone and set among the town and its beaches, this occasion offers concerts, parades and parties by the sea.
End of June: Corpus Christi. Streets lined with carpets of flowers on Corpus Christi Sunday. The town's main streets wake up covered in carpets of flowers made by the local neighbours after working tirelessly through the night. In the afternoon, the flower carpets serve as a guide for the religious procession led by giant figurines.
19th - 26th August: Fiesta major de Sitges. This is a big street party in the town, held in celebration of the town's patron saint, Sant Bartomeu (Saint Bartholomew).
Beginning of October: Sitges international film festival. Usually takes pace in the melia hotel. This is like a mini Cannes film festival and it focuses on fantasy films.
End November-mid december: Sitges Christmas Market. Selling arts and crafts goods and Sitges Christmas market selling traditional Catalan Christmas goods and decorations. at La Fragata beach, at the foot of the Sant Bartomeu (Saint Bartholomew) Church.
Getting To Sitges Beach Town:
The R2 RODALIS and R2 Sud RODALIS lines go to Sitges via Paseo de Gracia and Sants. Trains are every 30 minutes and journey time is 35-40 minutes.
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Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks