Sitges is just 35km south of Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain and enjoys a privileged location between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains.
Photo credit: © 2016 Meliá Sitges
Places of interest
The Casa de la Vila, 19th century neo-gothic building, and the Palau Maricel, which bring together medieval, Renaissance and Barroque elements.
The modernists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries have left Sitges beautiful buildings such as Cau Ferrat, the studio of the writer and painter Santiago Rusiñol.
More information available here.
Art and culture
Sitges is home to the following events:
- The International Vintage Car Rally (Festival of National Tourist Interest)
- The International Film Festival of Cataluña
- Corpus Christi celebrations
- Sitges Carnival is considered one of the 10 best Carnivals in the World
- International Tango Festival of Sitges
- International Festival of Patchwork
For information about the main events visit here.
- The studio-home of Rusiñol with works by El Greco, Zuloaga and Picasso
- The Maricel Museum with a collection of Romanesque, Gothic and Modern Art
- The Romantic Museum
- Fundació Stämpfli (contemporary art and exhibitions from international artists)
- Casa Bacardí
Find out more information about the museums here.
- One of the most traditional dish is the xató, made from endive, cod, tuna, anchovies and olives, and dressed with a romescu sauce (roasted peppers, toasted almonds, garlic, oil and chilli)
Some restaurants linked to "Ruta del Xató" (the 17th year of the event) include special menus with this dish. These restaurants are: Boccalino, Cafè Bar Roy, Esmarris (Hotel Dolce), Iris Gallery (Hotel Estela), La Concha (Hotel San Sebastián), La Pèrgola (Hotel Antemare), Los Vikingos, Picnic . But you'll find the Xató at many others like La Nansa or La Salseta, traditional restaurants well known in Sitges (find out more here)
- Cuttlefish stew with potatoes and ali-oli (garlic mayonnaise), tuna casserole and fideuá are other delights prepared in Sitges
- Another well-known dish is "arròs a la Sitgetana" this is a dish based on rice to which some seafood and products from the countryside are added
- Two of the best restaurants in Sitges for traditional food are is La Nansa and "La Salseta". They belong to Slow-Food movement and to "Restaurants Km0" (quality products from producers that are at less than 100 km).
Find more information about gastronomy and the recepie for Xató and Arròs a la Sitgetana here.
In Sitges there is a traditional bar that is more than 60 years old "El Cable" that prepares "Tapas" and it's the bar that won last year’s prize of "Best tapa of the year in Catalonia" with the tapa called "Nemo" (and it has won the "Sitges Tapas contest" for 3 years). It's well worth a visit.
The Sitges wine is "Malvasia de Sitges". In the eighteenth century the Malvasia grape made up ¼ of the crops cultivated in Sitges, although now there are only 2.5 hectares under cultivation. The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity has included the Malvasia de Sitges in its Ark of Taste list (small-scale quality productions under threat). Find out more here.
There are many wines around the area, you could even taste some at "Vi més Vi" (a place where Sitges peoble meet and taste different wines of the area.
If you require any further information about Sitges, Visit Sitges.com will be pleased to help you.
We hope you enjoy Sitges!
Photo credit: Meliá Sitges
Photo credit: Meliá Sitges