TOP 10 things to do in Sitges
1. International Bears Sitges Week (1 to 11 september)
The Bears Sitges Week is an event bringing together Bears from all over the world, meeting in Sitges to enjoy a week of different leisure and cultural activities. It will be taking place from September 1th to 11th.
The main activities will be held at the Passeig de la Ribera seafront promenade, where the main village will be set up and where different parties, performances and shows will be organized.
2. Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open (20 to 23 september)
The Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, a women’s professional golf tournament that is a part of the Ladies European Tour (LET) European circuit will be held at the Terramar Golf Club from 20 to 23 September 2018 and some of the best female golfers in the world will be competing
3. Santa Tecla (22 and 23 September)
Just a month after Festa Major, the town celebrates the festivity of its female patron saint, Saint Tecla.
Santa Tecla officially begins on 22 September with the ringing of the bells and the firing of a 21 mortar salute. That afternoon, just before the Civil Procession, is the floral offering to the patron saint. And at night, a fireworks display and dancing.
But the real players at this celebration are the young ones, who take over where the grownups left off, and on the 23rd, they’ll be offering us an early morning parade full of imagination, color, excitement, joy and energy.
4. Sitges and its culture
Sitges is a seaside town that has always known how to protect its cultural and artistic values. The remains of the ancient medieval village blend with the legacy of the Americanos, the men and women who, returning from their American adventure with their newly-made fortunes, had large mansions built for themselves. In Sitges, there is still an air of the bohemian atmosphere inherited from versatile artist Santiago Rusiñol, who transformed the town into the Mecca of Modernism.
To discover the town’s cultural wealth, all you have to do is take a walk around the streets in the center, the old city and the seafront boulevard, but if you would like to explore it more in depth, you can also take a guided tour and travel back to the times of the Americanos or Modernism. Another excellent option is to visit the Cau Ferrat and Maricel museums, the Maricel Palace and the Pere Stämpfli Foundation.
5. Maricel Complex Centennial
2018 is the centennial of the Maricel architectural and artistic complex. Initiated in 1910 with the conversion of the former Sant Joan Hospital into the residence of the American industrialist, art collector and philanthropist Charles Deering. The engineer and art critic, Miquel Utrillo, was in charge of the construction design and direction, which lasted until 1918.
Since its initiation, Maricel is one of the most characteristic architectural and artistic examples of Noucentisme and today, it is one of the most outstanding cultural and patrimonial ensembles in Sitges, and on a national level as well. The 1918-2018 Maricel Centennial has been declared one of the national commemorations for 2018 by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.
Visit the website here: http://museusdesitges.cat/es
6. Family Tourism in Sitges
Taking a walk around Sitges with family is sharing experiences and enjoying the proximity of the sea, the seafront boulevard, shopping and leisure venues like the Terramar Gardens, Can Robert Park, Hort de Can Falç and Can Ferratges, seaside swings, mini-golf, the skate-park, paddle boats at the beach, climbing spaces, horseback and pony riding, and basketball courts and soccer fields. The museums offer special discounts and proposals for children in order to get to know the local traditions and culture.
7. Go out for a day of shopping in Sitges
Shopping is an essential part of Sitges’ tourist services on offer, having such a wide variety of top quality establishments. Most of the businesses are small shops with a family atmosphere and unique products, which steer clear of all the standard options. Establishments looking for originality and modernity. Plus the town has free opening hours and many establishments open on both Sundays and holidays.
The main shopping area, with shops especially dedicated to fashion and accessories, is found around the streets in the center of town.
8. Good weather is coming. Enjoy Sitges’ beaches
Sitges has 26 beaches including small, peaceful coves, larger, family-oriented beaches, and more urban beaches with views of the historic center, located by the seafront boulevard. It offers more than 18 kilometers of coast with beach bar services, toy libraries, sun loungers, sunshades and umbrellas, sports facilities, massage services, sailing schools, water activities and beaches awarded with ISO 14001, Emas, Biosphere and Blue Flag certifications.
9. Marinas of Sitges
Sitges has more marinas than any other town in Spain, with a total of 3 and over 2.600 moorings.
Sitges’ three marinas (Port Ginesta, Garraf and Aiguadolç), plus its different yacht clubs give you a wide selection of nautical activities to choose from: sailing schools, boat rental and cruises, charters, canoeing, diving, etc.
Sitges is one of the Catalan coastal towns where people have been doing patin sailing for decades, and it was the venue for the Spanish Patin Championship and the European Championship.
- Port de Garraf - located at the very foot of the Garraf Massif.
- Port d´Aiguadolç - The Aiguadolç Marina is the closest to downtown Sitges, with a wide range of recreational options including hotels, sailing schools, boat rental, bars, restaurants and a night club.
- Port Ginesta - the largest marina in Catalonia.
10. Sports Tourism
Thanks to its location between the sea and the mountains and its mild, temperate climate, in Sitges it’s possible to do many different outdoor sports. We have: 26 beaches, 1 nature reserve, 3 marinas and 1 private golf course right on the seafront, the second oldest in Catalonia.
A sample of the activities you can enjoy are; sailing, windsurf, kayaking, kite- surf, surf, scuba diving, 4x4, equestrian sports, climbing, quads, golf, trekking in the Garraf Nature Reserve, relaxation, yoga at the Buddhist monastery and horseback riding.