TOP 10 things to do in Sitges
1. International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (October 5th to 15th)
This upcoming October 5th is the kickoff of the 50th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. On this anniversary, Sitges will be bringing together the best genre films from around the world with a very special leit motiv: Dracula.
A new edition of the Sitges Zombie Walk will be held on Saturday October 7th. Starting at 12:00 noon, there will be a free makeup session (limited to the first 350 people) at Sant Sebastià Beach, kickoff will be at the Miramar Building at 20:00 with Guillermo del Toro, at 22:00, grand party finale in the Movistar + marquee and from 21:00h to 00:00, Nit Vermella (Red Night) at the Cau Ferrat and Maricel Museums.
The closing, scheduled for Saturday October 14th, also has many surprises in store and promises to be spectacular with an event open to the general public.
More information at: www.sitgesfilmfestival.com
2. Grape Harvest Festival (October 7th and 8th)
The 56th Sitges Grape Harvest Festival will be held on October 7th and 8th. The Festival, a long-standing tradition that is fully consolidated as a part of the local festivities calendar, will be organizing a wide variety of events, all related to the world of wine.
On Saturday October 7th from 12:00 to 14:00 the children’s activity “Viu la Vinya” (“Experience the Vineyard”) for kids between the ages of 3 and 11 will take place at La Fragata Square.
This year the Grape Harvest Proclamation will take place in the Gold Room at the Maricel Palace at 19:00, read by actor Peter Vives.
These events will conclude on Sunday with the Pubilles and the Heureus (festival maidens and their counterparts) departing from Can Robert Park at 10:00 to walk to Baluard Square, the traditional first must pressing, the offering of the first must to the Eucharist at the Parish Church, the 39th grape treaders competition (presented by Pep Plaza), the weighing of the Pubilla and the Heureu, the inauguration of the wine fountain and the celebration of the 13th “Torres Grape Harvest Festival” Catalan Patin Regatta.
To finish things off on Sunday:
- Fragata Square, 17:00 to 19:00 – Music session by DJ Jordi Vilella&friends.
- Fragata Square, 19:00 - Habanera singing by Grup Xató with flambéed Torres brandy.
3. 11th Mostra de Vins Wine Fair (October 7th and 8th)
The Mostra de Vins Wine Fair, which is a part of the Grape Harvest Festival, will be holding its 11thedition on October 7th and 8th. The Sitges Mostra de Vins Wine Fair is being held once again this year to coincide with the first weekend of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
The public will also be able to enjoy the Sala de Tast Tasting Room to accompany their wines and cavas with diverse gastronomic products
The Mostra de Vins Wine Fair will be installed on the Passeig de la Ribera seafront boulevard, in the La Fragata area, Saturday from 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 23:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 21:00.
On Saturday in the tasting marquee at La Fragata Square, 19:00 to 20:00 – Tasting by the Sitges Hotel & Catering Association.
On Sunday in the tasting marquee at La Fragata Square, 19:00 to 20:00 – Tasting by La Carretera del Vi.
4. Vies Braves
The Vies Braves sea swimming lanes are a public network of marine and open water routes designed for sporting, leisure and educational activities. These routes, which run parallel to existing footpaths along the shore, are marked with signs and buoys to allow you to safely explore the coast from the sea and for free.
In Sitges we have a Via Brava joining the Anquines and Home Mort Beaches, a 2 km long route that passes through the Colls Miralpeix area, known for its great natural interest.
For those who like to discover nature, along the via brava you can snorkel and explore an exquisite, naturally rich seabed.
For those who are sports lovers, you can swim while enjoying an exceptional natural environment.
For triathletes and swimmers, the Vies Braves are the ideal place for open water training.
For more information and to check out the calendar of scheduled free activities, check the following link:
5. 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.
6. 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.
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. 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.
9. Family Tourism in Sitges
Taking a walk around Sitges with the 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.
10. Nightlife in Sitges
Sitges is alive 24/7 with options for all styles and tastes, offering establishments by the sea, in the center of town or at the Port d’Aiguadolç Marina. With a cosmopolitan, Mediterranean atmosphere for dining, quietly enjoying a drink at its outdoor terraces and music bars, chill outs or, having fun until the early morning hours, at its night clubs, nighttime parties or open-air concerts.
Sitges’ nightlife is internationally known and famed thanks to its Sin Street. The world’s very first Pacha was born in Sitges!