Escape to Sitges

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One of the jewels on the Catalan Shore. So close to Barcelona that, sometimes, even locals forget that it’s there. Sitges is known for its Fantastic Film Festival and for being one of the most famous LGBTI tourist spots in the world; but also for its promenade; the house, turned into a museum, of a world famous rum brewing family or Sitges bohemian artists.

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Passeig de la Ribera, the promenade and the beaches

Sitges has a spectacular seafront to walk or cycle, a 2.5 km promenade of totally flat land. This is an ideal plan for a short visit to this beautiful city on the Coast of Garraf. The walk goes along to some of the 11 beaches of Sitges which are considered among the best in Catalonia: Terramar, de la Barra, Riera Xica, Estanyol, Bassa Rodona and La Ribera.

Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

It’s a Gorgeous church from the outside and spectacular in the inside. Built in the Seventeenth Century, it contains a baroque altarpiece and a 1699 pipe organ. Visits are for free out of religious service hours and guided tours are offered to visitors.

“El Chiringuito

In 1913 opened, right on Sitges beach, ‘El Chiringuito’. A bar where the special house drink was made of coffee infusion and sugar cane, drunk by the Cuban workers in town. The name of this drink was ‘Chiringo’ and, during the years, this word has given a name to the popular bars and restaurants on the beach that nowadays spread all over the Mediterranean coast. The “chiringos” or “chiringuitos”. One hundred and three years later, that first place, remains as a must stop both for locals and visitors.

Casa Bacardi

Although the production of ‘Ron Bacardi’ started first in Cuba and then in Puerto Rico, the Bacardi family has its roots in Sitges. The founder of the company was Facundo Bacardi and the family house is left by history, in Sitges. You can visit the house and the European version of Puerto Rico’s Barcardi Museum, under reservation.

Museu Maricel

Reopened in 2014 after a long restoration, the Maricel Museum, located in the building of the Palau Maricel, is the art museum of Sitges. In the interior visitors will find a collection of Gothic and Romanesque art, as well as works by famous artists who lived in Sitges during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, such as Santiago Russinyol; Ramón Casas or Joaquim Sunyer.

Cau Ferrat Museum

Inaugurated in 1933, was the residence of outstanding Catalan Modernist artist Santiago Russinyol from 1894 until his death in 1933. It contains a sample of modernist art consisting of drawings Picasso, Russiñol, Zuolaga or others.

SitgesVies Braves

A “Via Brava” is an open sea route which is able both for the practice of swimming and snorkelling. Sitges has two of them, covering a total distance of 3.2km along its coast. The first one goes from the d’Anquines beach to the Home Mort beach; the second one goes from the Garraf beach to the Ginesta beach.

De’n Bosc Street

This is one of the particular streets of Sitges. Here visitors can find a few remains of the ancient city wall and walk through a charming street with white houses and wrought iron balconies. It is a good starting point to wander the streets of Sitges Old Town.

The Bastion of Vidal i Quadras and Raco de la Calma

All the corners of Sitges have a special charm. The Vidal i Quadras Bastion provides access to the museum quarter of the city (Cau Ferrat and Maricel) and on many summer evenings visitor can find a craftwork street museum. This bastion surrounds the promontory where “El Racó de la Calma” (the ‘Quiet Corner’) is placed. This is a collection of Art Decó houses that seems that they have been built all at the same time, but actually they are completely separated by the years.

Sakya Tashi Ling Buddhist Temple and the Garraf Natural Park

From Sitges, by car or by all-terrain bike, you can reach the only Buddhist temple in Catalonia and one of the few ones in Spain. This temple takes up the Novella Palace, built in 1895 on the middle of the nowadays Garraf Natural Reserve. Aside from being a fantastic sports and natural route, you can find the abandoned village of Jafra-Garraf documented in 1130 and abandoned in 1960.

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