Can’t decide between a sunny beach holiday and a cultural city break? At scenic Sitges in Costa Dorada, you don’t have to choose one or the other. This Catalonian town combines the best of both worlds, and with so much on offer for couples and families alike, it’s no wonder that more and more people are escaping to one of the best hidden gems in Spain . . .
With 17 sandy beaches and a warm climate year-round, sunseekers will love Sitges. Take your pick from the family-friendly beaches – Garraf Beach is popular with locals and tourists alike, and there’s also Balmins Beach, and Playa de la Barra, where you can enjoy some fun in the sun with the kids. We recommend soaking up the Spanish sunshine at stylish Sausalito Beach, before sipping a cocktail at a chiringuito beach bar – you’ve earned it! To the east of the resort centre, you’ll find the sandy beaches of Les Botigues and Castelldefels, or why not try out some watersports at the central Sitges Beach? Plus, beach holidays in Sitges wouldn’t be complete without a drive out to Sant Sebastià, the longest beach in Barcelona.
Culture-lovers won’t be short of things to do in Sitges. The town has a vibrant, bohemian spirit that you’ll love exploring. It was home to the famous painter Santiago Rusiñol, and you can explore his old studio in what is now the Cau Ferrat Museum near Sant Sebastià beach. The Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla and the Can Llopis Romanticism Museum are both well worth a visit, too, or you could take a break from museums and hit the shops on Parellades Street. You’ll find some great nightlife in Sitges, whether you fancy enjoying a Penedès wine in a laid-back taverna, or bar-hopping along the lively ‘Street of Sin’. Visit Bodegas Güell in Sitges for a taste of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, the famous designer behind La Sagrada Familia. Of course, Barcelona is less than an hour’s drive away from Sitges, if you fancy seeing the landmark for yourself.
Whenever you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, you’ll find plenty of fun activities in Sitges. We think the whole family will enjoy a day out at Ocio Aventura Sitges, an outdoor adventure park complete with obstacle courses, play areas, and paintballing sites. Alternatively, make a splash at the Aqualeon waterpark, one of the top attractions in Sitges, or why not venture out to the PortAventura theme park in Tarragona? Laid-back Terramar Park is the perfect place to take the kids for a picnic, and there’s plenty of outdoor play areas and sports activities around the resort, ideal whether they fancy a game of tennis on an outdoor court, playing mini-golf at a public park, or horse-riding at a local stable.
There’s plenty for thrill-seekers and adventurers alike in Sitges. Start off at the Garraf National Park. The Garraf Massif mountain range is a great spot for hikers to explore, or why not enjoy a cycling tour around the picturesque forest? Go indoor rock climbing at Espai d’escalada, try go-karting at El Vendrell, or visit the exciting Calafell Slide in Tarragona. If you like your holidays more laid-back and less activity-packed, however, Sitges also has plenty of ways to help you slow down the pace. Chill out on the Sitges promenade, where you can enjoy a coffee in a beachfront bar, or join a Segway tour of the town. At mealtimes, you can take your pick from some of the region’s favourite dishes, from the olive and anchovy salad known locally as xató, to a typical Spanish dish like paella – plus, we’d recommend enjoying a Catalonian ‘coca de llardons’ cake for dessert.
With all this and much more to look forward to, it’s easy to see why families and couples alike are falling in love with this rising star of the Mediterranean Coast. Less crowded than some of the larger holiday resorts near Barcelona, and still buzzing with character, culture, and charm, there’s never been a better time to visit Sitges, one of the best kept secrets in Spain.