Sitges, The Best of Two Worlds

A charming beachfront  Mediterranean village 30 minutes by car or commuter train from culturally-rich Barcelona

One of the many attractions of Sitges is the wealth of recreational and cultural activities within close range. Where you have your own car, travel by train, or take one of the local sightseeing tours available through local Travel Agencies from April to September, we encourage you to take time to explore Catalonia's rich heritage.

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Sightseeing & activities in Sitges & Aiguadolç

One of the many attractions of Sitges is the wealth of recreational and cultural activities within close range. Where you have your own car, travel by train, or take one of the local sightseeing tours available through local Travel Agencies from April to September, we encourage you to take time to explore Catalonia's rich heritage:
  • Newly renovated Cau Ferrat and Maricel del Mar Museums have works of art by Picasso and El Greco plus Catalan 19th Century artist Santiago Rusenol.

 

  • Romantic at Casa Lopis. An attractive collection of 18th and 19th Century furnishings and dolls.

  • Centre d'Etudis del Mar. A museum and sea study center at the far end of Passeig Maritim in a beautifully restored mansion.

 

  • Group tours of the Bacardi Academy at Palau Maricel. Don Facundo Bacardi, founder of the famous rum company in Cuba, was born in Sitges. As of 2009 Bacardi has a visitor's center and exposition open by appointment to groups. To arrange a visit you may contact Bacardi Spain at (34) 93-565 7100 or the Sitges Tourist Office at (34) 93-811-0611.

 

  • Whenever it is sunny, locals and tourists flock to Sitges' beautiful beaches -- nine of them. Top-less bathing and tanning are common. Nude bathing is allowed at the beach beyond the Terramar Hotel; lately the beach in front of Las Palomas Catalanas has unofficially become bathing- suit-optional Families with children and au naturel bathers co-exist happily. Please use the pool-area shower before entering your villa. Note: During the spring and summer bathing season, showers are available at the beach and require a pass, which may be obtained at the snack stand (chiringuito). In 2011 you would pay a deposit of €3, which entitled you to use the showers for a few minutes. This deposit is refunded to you at the chiringuito when you return the card. Extra minutes can be purchased and are refunded. The city uses this system to limit the use of the showers avoiding transients.

  • The private swimming pool, up the street to the right of Las Palomas Catalanas, is open to our guests and neighbors only. The pool door key with the yellow tag is on a hook by the Las Palomas Catalanas entrance door. If a neighbor should question your use of the pool, advise them that you are a guest of unit 144 or 145. Community rules and custom require that you use the pool-area shower before using the pool (see Community Pool Rules insert).

 

  • Boating and sailing is available in the port of Aiguadolç by contacting one of the boat agencies and at different concessions along Sitges beaches.

 

  • Enjoy a day on board a traditional ‘Minorcan’ 30-foot traditional fishing boat from the Port of Aiguadolç. In the course of the 5-hour voyage you will be able to take in some magnificent panoramic views of Sitges and the surrounding area. Cost is approximately 70€ per person with a minimum of 4 people, including drinks and picnic on board the boat.

 

  • Golf in the 18-hole, 70-par Club de Golf de Terramar, 93-894-0580. Best days to play are Monday through Thursday when they have fewer guests. Club and cart rentals are available. An 18-hole round costs about 70 Euros

 

  • Club Tennis Sitges at Levantina, 93-811-0359. Cross the road to Barcelona (C-31) and go up the hill until you reach the clay tennis courts.

 

  • Horseback riding at Hipica Sitges, 92-894-4422, on the road from to Villanova.

 

  • Melia Sitges Fitness Center Sitges Fitness Center offers gym and spa facilities 93-894-6952. Special membership rates are available.

 

  • Massage therapist Darrell Guye, both from England, offer therapeutic massage with aromatherapy, reflexology, and acupressure/Zen Shiatsu. For appointments call Darrell’s mobile (34) 666-967-183. Cost is about 45€ for one hour.

 

Sightseeing in Barcelona

The best way to visit Metropolitan Barcelona is by commuter train, only 35 minutes from Sitges. From the train station you can walk, take inexpensive taxis, use the metro (L), or the Bus Turistic, a daylong bus service to the 17 most important attractions of Barcelona. You may pick up the Bus Turistic at the main entrance of Sants station. There is also the "Rut del Modernisme," a walking escorted tour of the major buildings of Barcelona.For more information see “Trains to Barcelona center” or for the Bus Turistic visit their website http://www.tmb.net/en_US/home.jsp. Here are some sightseeing highlights in Barcelona: The best way to get to Metropolitan Barcelona, only about 35 minutes from Sitges, is by commuter train. The first stop in Barcelona is Sants Station and the second is Passeig de Gracia less than five minutes later. From here you can walk, take inexpensive taxis, use the metro (L), or the Bus Turistic , a daylong bus service to the 17 most important attractions of Barcelona (you can pick it up at the main entrance of Sans station). There is also the "Rut del Modernisme," a walking escorted tour of the major buildings of Barcelona . For more information see “Trains to Barcelona center” or for the Bus Turistic call 010 or their website www.tmb.net . Here are some sightseeing highlights in Barcelona :
  • Gothic Quarter and Barcelona Cathedral (L3, Liceu or L4, Jaume).

  • Gaudí's Sagrada Familia basilica (L5, Sagrada Familia). We recommend that you purchasing tickets online for guided tours and avoid the long lines.

  • Liceu Opera House, among the world's best, at the Ramblas. For schedules call 34-93-485-9913 or their website www.liceubarcelona.com

  • Gaudi's art nouveau Pedrera building and Museum on Passeig the Gracia.

  • Montjuic Palace and Olympic Stadium.

  • Picasso and Miró Museums.

  • La Boqueria/St. Josep monumental vegetable, meat, fish (everything) market, at Ramblas 101.

  • Port Vell with Mediterranean Aquarium, one of the world's largest and Imax theatre (L3, Drassanes). Call 93-221-7474 or website www.aquariumbcn.com

  • Maritime Museum of Barcelona (L3, Liceu).

  • Museum of Monasterio de Pedralbes , Baixada de Moastir 9, an old monastery exhibiting the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection. Telephone 93-280-1434.

  • Palace of Catalonian Music (L4, Jaume).

  • Pueblo Español (Spanish Village) on Montjuic Mountain, with replicas of major villages in Spain.

  • Golondrinas catamaran cruises from Portal de la Pau (next to the Columbus monument) to Port Vell and Barcelona Port. Telephone 93-442-3106 or website.

  • Opera, Flamenco and theatre (see Spanish newspapers or Barcelona Metropolitan magazine for listings. For tickets go to La Caixa bank or box office.

  • Barcelona bicycle tours.

  • Santa Maria del Mar Basilica and the surrounding historical “El Born” area, one of the most charming in Barcelona. Take the Sitges train past the first two stops in Barcelona (Sants and Passeig de Gracia) to Franca Station and walk about 2 blocks from there towards Santa Maria del Mar. The best-selling novel “Cathedral by the Sea” by Ildelfonso Falcones is based on this church and the history of Barcelona. This is also where the Picasso Museum is located. http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/areas/el-born.html

  • The 150 million Euro Arenas shopping centre opened in March 2011. It was built at the site of one of the oldest bull rings in Spain and is now one of the hottest shopping and recreational centers in Barcelona. Take the commuter train to Sants or Gracia station and from there the Metro to Plaza de España.

 

Sightseeing in Catalonia

  • Mystical Montserrat Monastery & Museum. Be sure to arrive in the chapel 20 minutes before the 1 p.m. Boys Choir short but inspiring concert. Performances are normally daily except Sundays, August and holidays. There is also a gondola ride from the foot of the mountain to take you to the abbey in a spectacular ride. Under two hours from Sitges by car or local tour (it takes longer by train and gondola). See www.abadiamontserrat.net . You may also go by train from Barcelona's Plaza Espanya (at the entrance to FGC Line R5 railway) to Montserrat Monastery departing every hour from about 8:30 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m. returning from about 9:40 to 6:40 p.m., subject to change. http://www.cremallerademontserrat.com/website_cremallera/eng/index.asp

  • Penedés wine region, inland between Sitges and Barcelona (on the way to Montserrat). Thirty minutes from Sitges by car or local tour.

  • Tarragona and its impressive Roman ruins. Call the Tarragona Tourist office, 977-245-203 or 977-245-064, if you wish to arrange for a private guide. One hour from Sitges by car or train

  • XII Century Monasteries of Poblet and Santas Creus near Valls, one hour from Sitges. Poblet offers complimentary tours in the mornings however they are in Spanish. Santas Creus offers tours in English.

  • Peñiscola and its 13 th Century Papa Luna Castle where portions of the movie El Cid were filmed are reminiscent of a Greek village with cobblestone, winding streets, outdoor shops and seaside dining. Two hours from Sitges by car south of Tarragona in the state of Valencia.

  • Valencia , home of the Lladró porcelain factory, and 'perfect-to-the-naked-eye-seconds' showroom, is three hours from Sitges by car or train. Make sure you contact the Lladró Society in New York for an appointment if you plan to visit the factory or show rooms.

  • Scenic Costa Brava and Dali Museum in Figueras, 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Sitges, including:

Historic city of Girona with its outstanding cathedral and Jewish Quarter.

Medieval villages of Pals, Peratallada, Begur and Monel, among others.

Antique and ceramics shopping in La Bisbal region.

Universal Studio's Port Aventura, in Salou near Tarragona , is an hour from Sitges. It is Spain 's best amusement park with the largest roller coaster in the world (March 15-early January).