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Set just 35km from Barcelona, Sitges offers a beach-side haven a short ride away from Gaudi’s bustling city. Once a quaint fishing village, Sitges has slowly transformed into a popular resort that’s a firm favourite for Catalan holidaymakers. As well as showcasing glorious stretches of beach and a vibrant shore-side culture, Sitges harnesses a burgeoning Modernisme art movement that lured in the likes of Picasso. These days, it’s a party hotspot, famed for its gay scene and its huge beach parties that span the duration of summer. It’s been likened to Ibiza, with its selection of top-notch clubs and busy bar scene, but there’s also a slice of traditional Spanish life there, too, in the form of authentic tapas bars and local festivals. Immerse yourself in the party with one of our apartments in Sitges, which offer the ideal starting point for exploring the culture and vibrant nightlife of the town.
Despite its name as a party town, Sitges is a flurry of art and culture, too, with a range of museums and galleries spanning the entire town. From our Sitges apartments you can delve right into this scene by exploring some of the best-loved museums.
Sitges has had an important role in Spanish history. Even since the Roman age, more than 2,000 years ago, it was known as a party town, a characteristic that has remained right up until the present day. Throughout the town you might see the word “Subur” a lot, which refers to the name of the party town that stood before Sitges.
Back in 1838, the town was attacked by the Carlines, a black day for Catalan history as it took many local lives. The street 1 de Maig stands a reminder of this dark time to commemorate the date that many Sitges residents lost their lives. During Franco’s term in power, the road was renamed 2 de Mayo in Castellano, but it returned to its original name soon after.
The old part of Sitges is one of the most popular districts for tourists, with its rustic architecture and neoclassical facades. The winding streets are peppered with tiny restaurants, local bars, and artisan shops, but you’ll also see plenty of blue lines painted across the threshold of a number of homes. This refers back to the town’s status as a fishing village, and marks the homes of fishermen. The blue lines acted as a sign to passers-by to ensure they remained silent whilst the fishermen slept during the day. There are still many fishermen who call Sitges home, but they are few and far between now.
As a quaint seaside town, Sitges accommodation caters to visitors who are on the hunt for sun, sea, and sand. The winding streets in the centre, there are a number of cosy guesthouses and intimate B&B that are just a short walk from the seafront, whilst the beachfront is lined with quirky hostels and boutique hotels, all of which burst with fun vibes and a laidback ambiance. In addition, there is a great collection of apartments just moments from the sea and the centre of Sitges, placing visitors in the middle of all the action.
Thanks to its rich history and lively current culture, Sitges is home to a number of fascinating streets that are great starting points for anyone visiting the town.Calle Parellades starts at the Placa d’Espanya square and is a hub of tourist attractions. Take a stroll along here and you’ll stumble across plenty of souvenir shops, local bars and cafes, and plenty of outdoor seating spots where you can grab a drink and people watch. It’s also the start of the lively nightlife district, where clubs and vibrant bars replace cafes and artisan stores.
Calle Jesus is equally as popular with tourists, thanks to its plethora of cute cafes and ramshackle bars. It’s flanked by a sprawling plaza which opens out in a flurry of grand design and bustling town life.
Calle Sant Francesc is a shopper’s heaven. Along its length you can pop into a variety of clothes shops, and stop for a break in one of the many cafes and patisseries.
Calle Major is considered to be one of the most picturesque streets in the town, with a whole host of cosy restaurants serving up fresh seafood and local dishes. It veers towards the old historic centre of the town and emerges out into Placa de la Ajuntament, one of the most important squares in the entire town. There are plenty of narrow side streets that wind off Calle Major, so be sure to take lots of time to get lost and discover traditional scenes.
Our Sitges apartments are dotted throughout the town within walking distance of these main streets, which means you can get a taste of local life without having to venture too far.
Most people arrive in Sitges from Barcelona, from the main El Prat Airport. From there you can get the airport train to the centre of town and change at Passeig de Gracia or the main Barcelona Sants train stations. There is also a bus service that travels directly from the airport to Sitges, which runs very regularly throughout the summer months. Alternatively, you can get the bus from Plaza Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona.
If you’re arriving into Girona Airport the journey is slightly more difficult. You’ll have to take a train into the centre of Barcelona and then either get the bus or another train out to Sitges.
Some people also choose to fly into the domestic Tarragona airport, where you can get a direct train from the airport to Sitges.
Once in Sitges it’s very unlikely that you’ll need to use public transport. The town is fairly small and all of the major attractions are within walking distance of each other.