The historic beach town of Sitges is located about 30 kilometres south-west of Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the beautiful setting on the rugged coastline of Parc Natural del Garraf as well as the exploding property prices Sitges has been nicknamed St. Tropez of Spain.
The old town of Sitges is arranged upon a hill around the church of San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla. This beautiful 17th century baroque church is overlooking the two bays to the east and the west.
Like the surrounding region of Penedés, which is famous for its Cava sparkling wine, Sitges economy was built around agricultural production. After the economic boom in the 1960s and especially with Spain joining the European Union in the 1980s Sitges developed into an increasingly popular tourist resort.
Recently, Sitges became a famous destination for gay and lesbian travelers. Popular events in the gay community are Sitges Gay Pride in July and Barcelona based Circuit festival in August.
Another reason that draws masses of tourists to Sitges is the annual carnival. From Fat Thursday until Ash Wednesday up to 250 thousand people fill the streets of Sitges at what probably is Catalonia’s wildest party.
If you prefer it a bit more tranquil and classy, come for the Sitges International Film Festival. But being in Sitges, what would rather meet the expactations at this eccentric place than an international festival of fantasy movies?
But Sitges is famous for far more things than carnival and movies. Most people come here to enjoy the splendid beaches and the awesome promenade. Have a look at our Sitges Beach Guide for more details.
Insider tip: Sitges most famous son probably is Facundo Bacardí, who was born here in 1814. After emigrating to Cuba in 1862 he set up the international rum brand Bacardi which todays is one of the most well-known spirit brands in the world. For 5 Euros you can visit Casa Bacardi in Sitges. Located in the historical market (Mercat Vell) it offers a look into the history of Sitges and its relation to the Americas and the Bacardi family. In the end of the visit you are rewarded with a taste of the Bacardi family’s finest products… Cheers!
Sitges – Facts
International film festival (every year in October),
Carnival (every year in February or March)
How to get to Sitges?
From Barcelona’s Sants station or Passeig de Gracia station take Renfe train no. R2 to Sitges.