What to See in Sitges
Many people visit Sitges on a day tour from Barcelona but others end up staying for a few days, enchanted by the lovely beaches and restaurants.
Towards the beginning of the 20th century, Sitges began to be seen as something as a hippy enclave, attracting all kinds of creatives including authors, artists and intellectuals. This can be felt today in many of the museums around the coastal town. The Museu del Cau Ferrat is a house-studio built by Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol, pioneer of the Modernism movement, in the 1890s. Today it is full of art, including his private collection, and overlooks the sea.
The town’s most dramatic landmark is the Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, a 17th-century parish church. Built right on the Mediterranean sea, almost jutting into the water, the Baroque-style church adds to the splendour of Sitges.
After a walk to the church and a relaxing stroll along the beautiful promenade, its probably about time for lunch. The cafes and restaurants of Sitges are also worth visiting, from tapas bars, to seafood restaurants and upmarket spots, there are plenty of places to sample some Catalan fare. Local specialties include xató, an endive salad with cod, tuna, anchovies and olives dressed with a sauce of scalded chillies, toasted almonds, garlic, olive oil, and salt.
Whether you love to fiesta, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the sea, admiring modernist art or checking out an international film festival, there will be something for you to explore in colourful Sitges. If it sounds like your cup of tea, consider our Barcelona City Explored tour, which visits Sitges.
Articles about Spain published by Odyssey Traveller:
Questions about Spain.
Empires crossing the Mediterranean: 1130-1300.
15 of the best places to visit in Spain.
Barcelona travel notes.
Pilgrimages of the World: Advice for mature and senior travellers.
Books to read on a trip to Spain.
Eight Amazing Rail Journeys.
Five Renaissance Women.
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External articles to assist you on your visit to Spain:
The spirit of southern Spain: Reasons to visit Andalucia.
Beyond Seville: Three ancient towns to visit in Andalucia.
Ten must see sights in Madrid.