known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenade and backed by the mountainous Parc Natural del Garraf, Sitges is a beautiful coastal town in Spain’s Catalonia region. The town is a tourist paradise, filled with shops, restaurants and many gay bars and nightclubs. Moreover, its picturesque beaches are not the only points of interest in the town, which also features many cultural and historical buildings, such as the Maricel Museum or Cau Ferrat Museum.
You’ll have plenty things to do in Sitges and, in this article, we’ll take a look at 8 great activities and attractions you can enjoy here.
1. Museu Maricel del Mar
Located in the center of Sitges, the Maricel Museum is a good place to gain insight into the history and culture of the region, especially for first-time Sitges visitors. This seafront building showcases a vast collection of Catalan art, from the 10th to the 20th centuries, mainly in a maritime theme, which is fitting for a seaside town. Furthermore, the area at the foot of the Palau Maricel is one of Sitges’ most delightful spots and is often enhanced by musicians’ street performances.
Museu Maricel del Mar
Address: Carrer de Fonollar, s/n, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Website: Museu Maricel del Mar
2. Església de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla
The 17th-century parish church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, in Sitges, is an iconic feature of the city. This whitewashed building sits proudly on a rocky elevation, in the square known as the Plaza Baluard and looks down across the beaches. It’s a good place to sit and take in the views of the coastline, as well as the city itself, including the Paseo de la Ribera, la Fragata and the staircase that descends from La Punta to the Plaza de la Fragata.
Església de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla
Address: Plaça de l'Ajuntament, 20, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
3. Parque del Garraf
Nature lovers will love this place! Covering an area of 12.8 hectares (31.5 acres) of limestone hills, Garraf Park features caves, potholes, sinkholes and limestone, surrounded by Aleppo pine trees, wild olives, figs, holm oaks and dense thickets of low rise shrubs and herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, typical for the Mediterranean. One of the most noticeable trees here is the margalló, a Mediterranean fan palm and a protected species that you’ll love to find all over the area. Alongside the wildlife here, you may also find many cyclists and hikers, who, like you, come here to enjoy the area’s beauty and tranquility. This makes for a nice and relaxing day out!
Parque del Garraf
Address: Carretera de Ratpenat a Plana Novella, Km 3.5, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Website: Parque del Garraf (in Catalan)
4. Museu Cau Ferrat
Cau Ferrat is the former house-studio of Santiago Rusiñol, a pioneer of the Modernisme movement, in Catalonia, now used as a museum. From artwork from the owner’s collection to his friend Picasso, the place also showcases ancient relics and antique objects. Here, you can have a glimpse of the traditional and cultural history of this Spanish region.
Sitges's Cau Ferrat Museum
Address: Carrer de Fonollar, 6, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Website: Sitges’s Cau Ferrat Museum
5. Sant Sebastià Beach
Home to many good restaurants, with a wide variety of food styles and prices, Sant Sebastià Beach features a pedestrianized promenade, where you’ll enjoy walking until the end, where you’ll find an open space in front of the Ermita Sant Sebastià. From here, you can continue walking to the top of the cliff, in the direction of the Port d'Aiguadolç, to another beach. This is a good, leisurely walk and a relaxing time, worth undertaking, while in the area.
Sant Sebastià Beach
Address: Sitges, Spain
Website: Sant Sebastià Beach (in Catalan)
6. Museu Romantic
Housed within a big 18th-century building, in the heart of Sitges, the Museu Romantic features a vast and famous collection of dolls. Nowadays, visitors can walk through the game room and the ballroom, where you can enjoy the various objects and art featured in the building.
Sitges's Can Llopis Romanticism Museum
Address: Carrer de Sant Gaudenci, 1, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
7. Gaudi's Bodegas Güell
Bodegas Güell is a surprising and beautiful architectural complex, comprised of a winery and designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Either to enjoy good wines or to simply gaze at the architect’s wonderful building, this edifice is worth a visit!
Address: Sitges, Province of Barcelona, Spain
Website: Bodegas Güell
8. Sakya Tashi Ling
Sakya Tashi Ling is a monastery belonging to one of four Buddhist schools from Tibet, in the Sakyapa tradition. The monastery is overseen by the Venerable Lama Jamyang Tashi Dorje and was founded in July 1996. Based in the Plana Novella palace, deep inside the Garraf Natural Park, 40 minutes away from Barcelona, the first Buddhist monastery in Catalonia is an incredible place, where you’ll find yourself peacefully enjoying a relaxing and wonderful area. It’s a great day away from the holiday rush!
Sakya Tashi Ling
Address: Parc Natural del Garraf, Av Plana Novella, s/n, 08818 Garraf, Barcelona, Spain
Website: Sakya Tashi Ling (in Spanish)
Discover the wonders of hidden Spain!
With these 8 great things to do around Sitges, you’ll discover a part of Spain too often overlooked, compared to the major neighboring city of Barcelona. Nevertheless, you’ll be surprised by all the activities and attractions that this area offers. Impressive architecture, magnificent parks and natural areas, fun attractions, museums, and other activities - In Sitges, you can find what fits you, whether traveling in a group, with a family or alone!
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