Sitges has long been a favourite with the art world. Modernista artist Santiago Rusinol set up shop here with house and studio in the 1890s. His house is now the Museu Cau Ferrat with work by El Greco, Picasso and Ramon Casas as well as some of Rusinol's work on display. Close to Barcelona to the north, Sitges is home to numerous Modernista buildings and has three Museums.
Alongside a cultural and artistic edge, Sitges attracts a great mix of visitors. A popular gay scene hub, Sitges has a pumping nightlife, a selection of superb restaurants, chic shops and off the wall boutiques, a fine long esplanade stretching for 3km parallel to Sitges beaches and 17 beautiful beach areas, 11 of which cluster around the urban centre. You've easy access into Barcelona too from Sitges Renfe station for Barcelona sightseeing and tours. To reach Sitges from Barcelona Airport, change at El Prat de Llobregat Barcelona Station to pick-up direct trains to Sitges.
Sitges makes for a stylish beach resort base - you'll be spending some money here in Sitges' brilliant boutiques! Good walking territory is close to hand too, both along the coast towards Vilanova i la Geltru or inland around the Garraf massif. (For details check-in with the Office of El Garraf Park and the Olerdola County Park. La Pleta, Ctra. de Rat Penat a Plana Novella, km 3,5 08870 Sitges. Tel. 0034 935 971 819 - see the Garraf Park's webguide right too for further details).
Sitges' pretty beaches consist of 17 in all of which 11 beaches are urban and near the town centre. Main Sitges urban beaches are separated by breakwaters and each have their own name. Ribera beach and beach sections nearest the Sant Bartomeu church are the most popular and crowded. Checkout the Sitges Tourist Webguide right for details on all of Sitges' beaches.
Sitges Tourist Information Office, Sinia Morera, 1 - 08870 Sitges. Tel. 938945004. (See Sitges Official Tourist webguide right for more tourist info). Sitges' three museums include the Museu Cau Ferrat, Museu Maricel del Mar and the Museu Romantic. See Sitges tourist guide right for details.
Sitges has a renowned reputation for its lively carnivals and festivals (Sitges festival listings are on the Sitges tourist webguide right). The famous Sitges Gay carnival takes place usually January end running into February and spans a week of festivities including the highlight a big parade. As a gay centre Sitges goes way back. Some of the earliest gay bars and discos set up here in Sitges, as well as further south at Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. Main Gay beach La Playa de la Bossa Rodona is a hub, plus Playa de las Balmins is a mixed naturist and popular gay beach.