Less than an hour away from Barcelona, Sitges, a cool coastal city, offers a nice Old Town boasting some exceptional Art Nouveau buildings, excellent restaurants and gorgeous beaches. The place is home to the world-famous fantasy and horror film festival: Sitges Film Festival. It is also famous for its tolerant character and large LGBT community. Sitges Pride Parade takes place in June and its fabulous Carnival in February. This is when this charming little city comes to life in full splendor!
When in Sitges be sure to spend some time on the beach. You have 17 beaches to choose from! Eleven are located inside the city proper. To the southwest of the Old Town you will find 8 long beaches connected to each other. On the other side of the Old Town the cute San Sebastian Beach is a local’s favorite, while the Balmins Beach has the most natural feel and is popular among the LGBT crowd.
The best walks around Sitges should combine architecture with nature. The densely built Old Town contrasts sharply with the residential area west of it. Sitges is actually a very old city, but most of its historical core dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries. The city’s most iconic building is the 17th Century Church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla. This asymmetrical baroque building dominates the entire coast. Among the most distinguished Art Nouveau edifices we find: Casa Bartomeu Carbonell, Casa Manuel Planas, Casa Pere Carreras and Casa Bonaventura Blay. Don’t forget to stroll down the Seaside Promenade where you’ll encounter splendid examples of 20th Century Mansions.
Accommodation and Food
There are plenty of hotels a to choose from. On both extremes of the city you’ll find two Melia gems: MeliaSitges in the east and the newly refurbished Terramar ME in the west. They are the best choice if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city center and prefer spending sometime on the beach. We’ve stayed in both and had a great time. When booking in Melia Sitges be sure to ask for a top floor room, views are splendid. Dining options in Sitges are abundant too, but Happy Frog is not a big fan of restaurants. If you love street food be sure to check out the three establishments on the corner of Parellades and Marquès Montroig streets.