Holidays in Sitges
For relaxing and authentic holidays in Spain, escape to Sitges in Costa Dorada. Close by to Barcelona and the Garraf National Park, this quaint coastal town is a hidden Mediterranean gem. With sites like the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla and the Cau Ferrat Museum, it’s a dream destination for culture lovers. But Sitges is also ideal for beach holidays, thanks to the 17 beaches it has on offer. Enjoy Spain at a slower pace at this bohemian, Catalonian town, whether you’re enjoying a local xató on the beachfront promenade, taking the kids for a fun day out at Ocio Aventura Sitges, or shopping on Parellades street. Plus, thanks to the great transport links around Spain, organising daytrips to Barcelona, Montblanc and Tarragona couldn’t be easier.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 15m
When to go
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From family breaks to couples’ retreats, holidays in Sitges have it all. For starters, beach lovers will have 17 spots to choose from, from the urban beaches like Garraf Beach in central Sitges, to the scenic natural shores in the east and west. When you fancy a change of scene from the seafront, you’ll find plenty of activities around the resort – a trip to the picturesque Garraf National Park is a must for nature enthusiasts. Kids will love the Aqualeon waterpark, while couples can relax with a glass of Malvasia wine in a chiringuito. The Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla and the Maricel Museum are well worth a visit for a taste of Catalonian culture, as is the exciting Sitges Carnival, one of the biggest celebrations in Spain. Plus, Barcelona is less than an hour’s drive away from the resort.
Wine and Dine
Foodies will love getting a taste of Catalonian cuisine. The locals enjoy a Mediterranean diet, so you can expect plenty of fresh meat, vegetables and seafood. Try out some traditional Catalan dishes, like the tasty Escudella i carn d'olla broth. Xató is the favourite dish of Sitges, a salad made up mostly of olives and anchovies, topped with a chilli hot sauce, plus a selection of omelets on the side. If that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, then why not try another Spanish favourite like paella or fideuà, or visit one of the tapas bars in Sitges? After enjoying a Catalonian cake known locally as ‘coca de llardons’ for dessert, wash your meal down with a dark Penedès wine, or glass of Sitges’ famous Malvasia liquor wine. The Penedes region is also well-known for its cava, and if you fancy getting a taste of more Spanish wines, budding connoisseurs can tour the local vineyards of Torres and Priorat.
A wealth of sandy beaches and daytime activities make Sitges a great destination for family holidays. You’ll have plenty on offer to keep the kids entertained – Ocio Aventura Sitges is a great place to start. With obstacle courses, splash zones, and even paintballing sites, this exciting outdoor adventure park is great fun for all ages. Aqualeon waterpark and Port Aventura theme park are popular attractions in Tarragona, and with plenty of exciting rides and slides on offer, it’s easy to see why. For a more low-key day out in Catalonia, why not take the kids to Terramar Park? Take a picnic and soak up the sun while the little ones enjoy the swings. Sitges has a lot of outdoor sports available, too, so whether the kids fancy horse riding, surfing, or mini-golf, they’ll have more than enough to enjoy.
Action and Adventure
There’s more than enough to keep thrill-seekers entertained in Sitges. Sport lovers will find plenty of daytime activities, from teeing off at Club de Golf Terramar to bike riding through the Garraf National Park, even to indoor rock climbing at Espai d’escalada. Catalonia also plays an exciting part in motor racing history, and you can still visit the disused Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar. If a tour of the old track doesn’t satisfy adrenaline-junkies, then why not try out one of the many exciting excursions in Sitges? Take a trip to Tarragona and race around the go-karting track at El Vendrell, or give high-speed dirt bike racing a try. Tarragona is also home to the Calafell Slide, a giant toboggan that the whole family can enjoy, and Segway tours along the Sitges promenade are also ideal for a fun day out.
Life's a Beach
Boasting a total of 17 sandy beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you fancy a little sun, sea and sand in Sitges. You’ll find a handful of beaches in the east of the resort – Les Botigues and Castelldefels are two of the most popular. With clear blue waters, sandy shores and a mountainous backdrop, scenic Garraf Beach on the coast of Garraf is unmissable. There’s plenty of beaches in the town – all are easy to get to, and some are even Blue-Flag awarded. Stylish Sausalito Beach is a favourite of locals and tourists alike, as is the main Sitges Beach, and when you fancy a break from topping up your tan, why not treat yourself to a cocktail from one of the nearby chiringuitos? Balmins Beach and Playa de la Barra are great spots to take the kids, plus, just a 40-minute drive away, you’ll find Sant Sebastià, the longest beach in Barcelona.
Whether you fancy a laid-back drink in a beachfront bar or an exciting night out in a club, you’ll find all kinds of nightlife in Sitges. Sitges is well-known as being one of the top LGBT-friendly holiday resorts in Spain, so you’ll find a wealth of gay bars and clubs in the centre, plus a great mix of traditional tapas restaurants and cocktail bars. The famous Calle del Pecado or ‘Street of Sin’ is the number one place to go for loud and lively nights out in Sitges. If you’re looking forward to more low-key evenings, then you’ll find plenty of bars off the beaten track, where you can sit back with a glass of wine, and listen to some live Spanish music. Tarragona is also home to some great nightlife, if you fancy a change of scene, and buzzing Barcelona is under an hour away.
It’s easy to see why couples love Sitges – dubbed ‘the Saint-Tropez of Spain’, this laid-back resort in Costa Dorada is lesser-known, but still much-loved by all who visit. Take a romantic walk through the cobbled streets and the winding paths of the old town in Sitges, before visiting the Can Llopis Romanticism Museum. The medieval town of Montblanc is a great spot for a daytrip for two, or you could head over to the bustling Vilafranca del Penedes. Shopaholics can pick up anything from food and wine to souvenirs on Parellades Street, while active types can go for a hike around the Garraf Massif. With some of the best beaches in Costa Dorada on offer, couples’ holidays in Sitges wouldn’t be complete without some sun, sea and sand – you could even try some watersports down at Sitges Beach.
Sitges is a town alive with culture. The town has a great bohemian spirit and art culture, thanks in part to the famous painter and Sitges resident Santiago Rusiñol. For art lovers, a visit to his home and studio at the Cau Ferrat Museum near Sant Sebastià beach is a must. Sitges is also home to Bodegas Güell, a building designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí, the architect behind La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The town plays host to a number of exciting cultural celebrations, such as the Sitges Carnival, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, as well as the world famous International Film Festival of Catalonia. After exploring some of the most popular attractions in Sitges, relax with a coffee on the Passeig Maritim, and soak up the seaside views.