TOP 10 things to do in Sitges
1. Sitges Reciclart 2018 (May 26th to July 1st)
Sitges ReciclArt 2018 is a recycling and responsible art festival held in Sitges from May 26th to July 1st for creators who have focused their work on the awareness of the issues of plastic in the sea and the impact of consumer habits on the environment in general.
This group exhibition is taking place at the Miramar Cultural Center in Sitges that, as the festival’s headquarters, will be the stage for participatory art and recycling workshops plus other free and open activities, as well as other concerted venues at art galleries and other establishments also located in Sitges.
More information at: http://www.sitgesreciclart.com/
2. Poetry Festival (July 6th to 8th)
This upcoming 6th, 7th and 8th July, 2018, the Sitges Poetry Festival will be holding its 12th edition.
The seven participating poets are: Josep Porcar, Samantha Barendson, Josep-Ramon Bach, Maria Cabrera, Ricard Garcia, Isabel Ortega and Quico Pi de la Serra.
Organized by the Sitges Town Council, the "Sitges Poetry Festival" is conceived and directed by poets Cèlia Sànchez-Mústich and Joan Duran i Ferrer, and it is in collaboration with, among others, the Sitges Heritage Consortium, the El Retiro Recreational Society and the Institute of Catalan Liberal Arts.
More information at: http://festapoesiasitges.cat/
3. Mare de Déu del Carme (July 16th)
Mare de Déu del Carme (the Virgin Carmen) is the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. It is a festivity that originally dates back to the 18th century. A Mass is held in honor of the Virgin Carmen and there is a procession of boats that leaves the Port d’ Aiguadolç Marina headed West. Leading the procession is the boat carrying the statue of the Virgin Carme. When it passes in front of the cemetery, flowers are thrown into the sea in remembrance of the sailors who worship the Virgin for her protection.
20:00: Maritime Procession + Habaneras + “Cremat de Rom” (Flambéed rum) at the Port d’ Aiguadolç Marina
4. Midnight Concerts (July 15th to August 15th)
A new edition of Midnight Concerts will be taking place in the Sitges Marina from July 15th to August 15th.
The goal of these Midnight Concerts is to offer a plural leisure option where there is room for different repertoires, both classic and modern; giving the audience a chance hear great pieces from different musical styles performed by top quality artists.
Midnight Concerts creates an intimate and unparalleled venue, in front of the Captaincy Tower, where spectators can enjoy culture and live performances in magical surroundings.
Admission is open to all and free.
More information at: www.concertsdemitjanit.com
5. Sitges Terramar Gardens Festival (July 20th to August 5th)
The Sitges Terramar Gardens Music Festival was born with the intention of offering a unique experience of leisure, culture, cuisine and senses. Furthermore, it aims to become a reference point within the intense lineup in Sitges’, one of the most internationally important tourist destinations, and closely associated with the town.
It will be held on certain weekends in July and the first week of August, starting at 9:00 pm and running until 2:00 am, in the refreshing surroundings of the natural and patrimonial park that are the Sitges Terramar Gardens.
The Festival also wishes to showcase the flora fauna of the nearly century-old Terramar Gardens.
The Sitges Terramar Gardens Festival has positioned itself as the most interesting option for those people who are looking for top quality musical performances, wide-ranging gastronomic offerings and magnificent, eminently Mediterranean natural surroundings.
More information at: http://festivaljardinsterramar.com/
6. 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
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.