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All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain

Barcelona is a big, buzzing city. It needs no introduction, but haaaave you met Sitges? It's cute. It's sweet. It looks good in photos. It treats you well. Located only 37 km away from Barcelona, consider Sitges as your next day trip away from the city. There are countless things to do in Sitges!

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Things to do in Sitges Spain Go to the Sitges Playa
Things to do in Sitges: Spend the afternoon at Sitges Playa.

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Sitges is a beautiful beach town with plenty of things to do in Sitges. Visit Sitges if you like beach vibes, good weather, & beautiful views. Find out what to do in Sitges, including spending the day museum hopping or beach bopping.


How to Get to Sitges: Taking the Train From Barcelona to Sitges

After spending several days in Barcelona I started wondering what are some day trips near Barcelona? I ended up taking the train from Barcelona to Sitges. It went by relatively quickly, a painless train journey (unlike the Girona fiasco from 2018 - read the full story on my Instagram post here.) For the train from Barcelona to Sitges, simply find a seat & get comfortable. The same goes for the train from Sitges to Barcelona. It’s easier to buy a roundtrip ticket ahead of time but you can do it separately. No need to stress. 


Sitges Playa Beaches Things to do in Sitges
Relax at one of the many beaches at Sitges.

Sitges Beaches (Sitges Playa)

Sitges has a lot of beaches, including Aiguadolç, Balmins, Barra, Bassa Rodona, Cala de l’Home Mort, Cala Ginesta, Cala Morisca, Cap de Grills, Desenrocada, Estanyol, Fragata, Garraf, Les Anquines, Les Botigues, Ribera, Riera Xica, Sant Sebastià, Terramar, and Vallcarca. The warm sun & breezy ocean air of the Sitges weather felt perfect during my October visit. People sat at Sitges Playa with their towels & umbrellas.

Activities & Sports

If you're on the hunt for things to do in Sitges, consider cycling, golfing, kayaking, volleyball, running, or a chi kung (also known as qi gong) lesson. The sunny Sitges weather makes the coastal town an ideal destination for outdoor activities & sports fans. I'm not a golfer, but I'd absolutely spend a leisurely afternoon by the sea at Golf Terramar. Relish the Mediterranean Ocean views from holes 3 & 4; it's only 15 meters / 50 feet away!


Sitges Church Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla & beachgoers.

Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla)

You might spot the Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (also called Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla) within your first few minutes in Sitges. It's pretty dang iconic. Soak in the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla from afar or up close. Don't forget to high five the mermaid (reminds me of Warsaw's mermaids)! You can take in some pretty epic views of the ocean from this angle as well.

Port d'Aiguadolç

You'll find Port d'Aiguadolç just a 10-minute stroll away from the old town area. The Port de Sitges-Aiguadolç has 17 restaurants & bars, so you could spend the morning grazing at a couple stops before sailing for the afternoon.


Port d'Aiguadolç Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla)
Just me & the Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla in the background.

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Museums in Sitges

Sitges has a range of museums to visit. You know I love an art museum. I go in every city, but since  I only stayed in town for a day trip, I didn't get to visit any of them. If I had more time in town, this would be one of the things to do in Sitges!

Fundació Stämpfli Art Contemporani (Stämpfli Foundation Contemporary Art Museum)

Need a dose of art? Fundació Stämpfli contemporary art museum is located in the town's old fish market (now Sitges Town Hall Square) & has nearly 100 pieces of art from all over the world.

El Museu Del Cau Ferrat (The Cau Ferrat Museum)

Founded in 1893 by artist Santiago Rusiñol, Museu Del Cau Ferrat began as a workshop house then turned into a public museum in 1933. The Cau Ferrat Museum contains a mix of ancient art collected by artists as well as modern art.


Spain Palau de Maricel The Maricel Palace Things to do in Sitges
Palau de Maricel (also written Palau Marcel & The Maricel Palace).

El Museu de Maricel (The Maricel Museum)

Enjoy sculptures & altarpieces from the Romanesque & Gothic periods. Browse artwork from the Neoclassic period. It's all at El Museu de Maricel. There's also the Palau de Maricel (The Maricel Palace).

Other Seasonal Activities

Things to do in Sitges depends on what time of year you happen to visit. From winter treats like the Sitges Christmas Festival & Winter Market Sitges to the iconic Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, there are many seasonal activities, events, & happenings in the area, so take a look at the events calendar. Find out what to do in Sitges while you're in town!

Festival Jardins Terramar Sitges

Get your fill of live music, dance, & other festivities at the Festival Jardins Terramar Sitges. Who doesn't love a festival?

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival)
Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival) flags hanging throughout Sitges.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival)

I happened to be in town for the Sitges Film Festival, so Fred & I bought tickets online ahead of time. Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya also known as The International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, or more simply as the Sitges Film Festival, specializes in the fantasy & horror genres. I saw 4x4.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival) 2019 Spain
 Made it to Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya).

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Food, Eating, & Restaurants in Sitges

Gobble up coastal cuisine with a side of fresh ocean breeze. Try to dine at one of the outdoor eateries near the beach. The fresh air pairs perfectly with whatever you're eating. Take a look at some of the top-rated places to eat in Sitges. Does anything suit your fancy? Fred & I grabbed a vegan burger made with black bean, wild rice & smashed nut patty at Beach House. It was pretty bomb.

Things to do in Sitges: Go a food & wine tasting tour!

Big Al's - craft American burgers
La Pícara - Tapas bar & wine bar
Nem - Un bar de tapes, a tapas bar

What to do in Sitges, Spain? Try loads of food.

Where to Stay: Hotels & Airbnbs in Sitges

There are over 500 listings in Sitges, so you have plenty of hotels, beachfront properties, vacation homes, & goodies to rent. Simply type in the dates you'll be in town & see what works for your stay with this handy dandy map. It's so easy!


Booking.com


Bye Sitges, Until We Meet Again

As a travel influencer, I love when a city has a tourism board. It's one of those things in life that give me joy for no reason, like inanimate objects with faces or seeing wild rabbits at night outside of my apartment. Take a look at the official Sitges tourism website. Their website is pretty robust with plenty of tourist information and ideas on what to do in Sitges.

Official Sitges tourism website: Sitges Anytime
Spain's official tourism website: España.info

Why not take a few photos at one of the many Sitges Beaches (Sitges Playa)? :]
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Bring your curiosity, a list of things to do in Sitges, maybe a hat & sunglasses thanks to 300 days of sunshine, & you're all set. The train from Barcelona to Sitges is affordable & should take less than an hour. Pop on a podcast - click here for some of my podcast recommendations - & discover the charisma of Sitges.

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All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain

All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain



13 comments

  1. It looks like such a great place for a getaway! I would love to visit!

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  2. I've been to Barcelona before but never Sitges. It looks beautiful! It sounds like there's lots to do to please everyone. That black bean burger also looks incredible! x

    Sophie
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  3. I'd never heard about Sitges, but it looks super cute! I like taking daytrips away from big cities when I travel, it's a great way to see something different and experience two different atmospheres in one single trip. I'd find the quietest beach and explore there for a while!

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  4. I've never heard of Sitges before but it looks really picturesque. I'd probably spend a few hours on the beach and leisurely explore the art galleries :)


    Sarah xo Oomph London

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  5. The Exclusive Beauty DiaryNovember 27, 2019 at 6:39 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these travel tips. Your photos are amazing and I'm happy to see that you have a lot of fun during your visit.

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  6. I've been to Barcelona few times but never to Sitges! It looks so lovely.

    xx Chelsea
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  7. I've been to two cities in Spain, but none look like Sitges. This city looks relaxing. Nice review!
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  8. Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomNovember 27, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Looks like a blast and yummy food, too!

    Carrie
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  9. How have I never heard of Sitges?! The architecture looks SO beautiful and the weather looks like such a dream - especially while it's pouring down with rain here in London right now haha. You look lovely in those striped beach trousers, by the way!




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  10. Such a nice alternative I didn't know about! I have never been a big fan of barcelona so this city might come handy in the future (:

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  11. Ohh visiting while one of their festivals is happening would be super fun! Beautiful travel guide!!!

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  12. Nice post dear!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!
    Have a great day! xx

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  13. I've always wanted to visit Spain! I'll have to add this city to my travel itinerary when it comes around! Thanks girl!

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