Sitges Holidays 2015

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Striking Sitges Holidays

Situated just 35km from Barcelona, Sitges is often classified as the most charming town on the Catalan coast. Like its city slicker neighbour, this is a town where culture and art are given precedence above many other things. However, while Sitges holidays offer enough museums and architecture to make any history buff drool, there are also beautiful beaches the best of Spain’s coastlines and nightlife as good as any top European party destination. It also has a loud and proud gay scene to boot. Whatever you're looking for, Sitges has it all, and more.

Bohemian Abodes

The crowning glory of the resort is El Raco De La Calma, a leafy, peaceful thoroughfare that winds up from the beach up to the La Punta Church. La Calle Del Pecado is where the most happening nightlife is to be found. The area has so much going on that it’s earned the moniker of 'Sin Street'. There are not one, but three marinas in the town, each one offering beautiful vistas of the surrounding area, as well as providing inviting places to sit, eat and drink.

Eclectic Experiences

Sitges holidays are always packed full with a wide choice of things to do. Throughout July and August, the town becomes one big beach party, but you can be sure that there's something going on any other time of year, too. Having been a key location for the Moderism art movement, the town still places lots of emphasis on art in all its forms. At any time of the year you could drop in during a film festival, theatre festival, car rally or one of the biggest events of the year – gay pride.

There is a total of 17 different beaches to explore around the area, ranging from hidden coves to long stretches of sand dotted with sun loungers and bathers. With all of that coastline, the town also has some excellent seafood cuisine. Try xato – a sauce of blended nuts, garlic, breadcrumbs, vinegar and olive oil that drenches a traditional endive salad, sure to set your taste buds tingling with flavour.

Shopping addicts will love Sitges; Barcelona residents even come here to shop, and that’s really saying something! Some promising streets to scope out are Parellades, Cap De La Villa and Jesus Street – from high end stores to unique boutiques and plenty of charm, these are the places to come to splash your cash on holidays to Sitges.

Useful information

Language
Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour
Airport
Reus
Flight time
2 hours 20 minutes

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Things to do in Sitges

The best way to explore this stunning town is by enjoying one of the many walking tours on offer. You can choose from historical, cultural, culinary and various other routes. The centre piece of the town that forms a majestic backdrop to all of your favourite views is the 17th century baroque, La Punta, and its unusual design is perfect for culture vultures to admire.

Those looking for a blend of history and culture will also be pleased with the four museums and host of art galleries, as well as the packed calendar of events that take place around the clock.

With Barcelona so close by, a day trip to the city is an essential thing to do in Sitges. Lose yourself in the fantastical Parc Guell and see the astounding cathedral before taking in the rest of the delights that this city has to offer.

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Beaches

Sitges is nestled along Spain’s eastern coast, and boasts 17 sandy beaches, which range from bustling urban areas to isolated coves and bays. Probably the most famed in the area is Platja de St Sebastian, a lively stretch of 1,100 metres, with plenty of facilities and water sports options.

Attractions

A lovely promenade runs across Sitges’ shoreline, stretching one and a half miles and featuring some striking sculptures along the way. Many of its beaches have been awarded with blue flag status, with some truly beautiful spots. Sitting just outside of the town’s centre is its marina, which is home to some striking yachts, and is lined with restaurants and bars. The seafront also boasts some beautiful restaurants, where you can enjoy some fine food complimented by a wonderful view.

Activities

For many enjoying a beach holiday to Sitges, relaxing on the sands and bathing in the sun is the perfect way to spend their time. You can take a paddle in the sea, swim across the shoreline, or try some of the water sports on offer for some livelier fun. Choose from a range of options, from water skiing and windsurfing, to jet skiing and pedalo boating.

Hotels

The Hotel Platjador is a fond favourite among beach lovers, as it boasts a fantastic location just a few steps from the beach. Offering just 60 rooms, it is a quiet and laid back hotel, with an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace filled with sun loungers and parasols. One of the most striking features of the hotel is its rooftop bar, from which you can enjoy a lovely view across the town.

Attractions

Sitges enjoys a lively atmosphere, and sits in a beautiful location, on Spain’s east coast. Surrounded by almost twenty beaches, there is a great choice of sandy spots to choose from, with some quieter coves and bays that are ideal for couples on a romantic break. The beautiful city of Barcelona is also under an hour’s drive away, and offers an array of dreamy sights and attractions.

Things to Do

The lengthy stretch of coast is the ideal place to begin a romantic stroll, whether you wish to enjoy the stunning view from the shore across the ocean, or discover an isolated cove where you can laze on the sands alone. Spend the day sightseeing and you can see some fascinating museums, a traditional Spanish cemetery and an iconic church. One of the most spectacular ways to see the region is to take a hot air balloon ride; a great idea for couples.

Nightlife

Sitges offers a diverse nightlife, from bustling clubs and bars, to quieter restaurants, cafes and evening drinking spots. The coast is a great place to sit and enjoy a romantic meal whilst overlooking the beach, and the town is filled with charming local restaurants where you can sample some Spanish cuisine, over a candlelit dinner under the stars.

Hotels

The elegant Dolce Sitges is the perfect place for couples, offering stylish and contemporary rooms in a peaceful location, just five minutes from the centre of the town. Sitting on a hilltop, it boasts some incredible views across the region and towards the sea, with beautiful landscaped grounds. As well an outdoor swimming pool, the hotel offers an indoor pool, with a Finnish sauna, steam room and hot tub, as well as some massage treatments for those who wish to indulge and really relax.

Attractions

Sitges is a cultural gem found just under an hour from Barcelona, and like the famed artistic city, boasts a number of creative sights and attractions. With architecture from the superb Antoní Gaudi, and some stunning museums, it’s the perfect destination for those who wish to discover some creative gems. The town is also known for its gay friendly atmosphere, and is said to be one of the most welcoming in the world.

Things to Do

Adventurers will find plenty to keep them busy in Sitges, with a number of thrilling and exciting activities on offer. You can explore the town’s stunning landscape surrounds on a hang gliding trip, or, if you really dare, opt for a skydive. Both trekking and mountain biking are great ways of discovering the region, and the coast offers some striking underwater sights for scuba diving.

Festivals

Visit the town at the end of September and you can experience the Santa Tecla festival, a celebration of stunning fireworks, daily parades and parties. October sees the arrival of the Sitges International Film Festival, a must for any fan of horror and fantasy films, and where you can experience the famed Zombie Walk. Sitges Carnival, in February and Sitges Pride, in July, are both colourful revelries that everyone can enjoy.

Architecture

Sitges is a striking town filled with architectural sights, with a rich array of modernist buildings built in the early 20th century. The Cementeri San Sebastia is a beautiful, traditional Spanish graveyard, with sculptures and artistic features. The 17th century Church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla and the striking Palau Maricel are also not to be missed.

Attractions

The bustling town of Sitges is ideal for a family holiday in the sun. Sitting on the Costa Dorada, it is surrounded by a stretch of beaches, which range from large lively sandy stretches, to smaller coves where you can enjoy a peaceful environment. The whole family can enjoy a cultural fix at some of Sitges’ museums, such as the Maricel, where Roman and Gothic sculptural and art pieces are exhibited.

Activities

The centre of the town is great for shopping, whether you want to explore the arts, crafts and produce on offer at the food markets, hunt for some unique clothing, or find some souvenirs to take home. The landscape surrounding Sitges is ideal for explorers, and you can choose from a range of activities, which include quad biking, horse riding and mountain biking.

Nightlife

Sitges’ nightlife is varied, ranging from lively hotspots to quieter settings. The seafront is filled with bars and restaurants, offering traditional Spanish cuisine, as well as a few familiar favourites, such as British and international fare. Throughout the town’s streets you’ll find plenty of terrace cafes, which are great for people watching, as well as a cinema, which shows some English speaking films.

Family Resorts

The Hotel Melia Sitges lies in a stunning location, overlooking the Port d’Aiguadolc, with views across the Garraf National Park. The hotel boats a lovely outdoor swimming pool, which is surrounded with a terrace of sun loungers and parasols, as well as the Restaurant Noray, where you can enjoy a menu of Mediterranean and Nouvelle cuisine. The centre of Sitges is conveniently close, making it a fitting destination for families.