Are you looking for a relaxing day by the sea? Somewhere with a bit of history and culture, but also shopping opportunities, nice weather and good food?
Sitges is a favorite seaside destination where locals head in the weekends and the Summertime for a classy beach day. If you don’t want to navigate the confusing suburban trains on your own, let us take you there on our air-conditioned Mercedes vehicles.
Sitges is an old fishermen town where gathered the bohemian artists of the first generation of the Catalan Modernist Movement, and where also built their houses the immigrants that came back rich from America. From visiting its art museums, to shopping around its trendy boutiques, from walking around its picturesque whitewashed streets, to enjoying lunch by the beach, your tour can be totally customized to your interests.
This is just an example of how much can be done in Sitges, but the final plan will be customized to your interests and needs.
Your guide and your driver will meet you at your hotel or apartment and drive you South, crossing first some logistics and farming areas and past the El Prat airport until you reach the Parc del Garraf mountains that are crossed by a long tunnel that connects with Sitges. The blue of the Mediterranean sea is spotted now and then from the road.
Let your guide show you around the beautiful alleys of the old town of Sitges, with its interesting modernist architecture, views over the Mediterranean sea, and plenty of unique details and stories.
The famous Racó de la Calma (Corner or Calm) houses two of the most famous museums in Sitges: Cau Ferrat was once the home of modernist artist Santiago Rusiñol, who organized art and literature festivals there and collected wrought iron pieces and antique glass items that are still displayed there.
Next door, the Maricel Museum was once owned by the American millionaire Charles Deering, and it’s now a fascinating art museum featuring pieces of local painters as well as medieval art and modernist sculpture, among other styles.
After the visit your guide will walk down the pedestrian streets of Sitges to meet the driver.
Hop back to the car to get back to Barcelona. If you wish, you can ask your driver to take you on the Garraf road instead of the tunnel: it’s a very scenic winding road over the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, that used to be the only way to get to Sitges from Barcelona before the tunnel was built. After leaving the Garraf mountains behind, the road connects with the motorway you took in the morning.
You’ll arrive to Barcelona on time for a late lunch on your own. We can drop you off back to your hotel or apartment, or at some nice local restaurant.
A walk around the Old Town of Sitges can take as little as 30 minutes upto as long as 2 hours or more. It really depends on you!
The oldest part of the village is located on top of a hill by the sea, crowned by the church of St. Tecla, one of the most photographed sites in Sitges. Behind it a balcony over the Mediterranean takes you to a quiet area of whitewashed buildings that were the headquarters of the first modernists of Barcelona, led by Santiago Rusiñol and his friend Casas.
Behind that extends the popular beach of Sant Sebastià, that limits at the North with another hill that houses a tiny cemetery with delicate funerary sculptures.
Back to the Old Town, a modest plaza reunites the town hall, the old hospital building, the former market and the entrance to the oldest street of Sitges with its cobble-stone pavement, from where you’ll be able to see the only section that is left out of the medieval city walls.
From there also starts the main street of the old Sitges: Carrer Major, that features plenty of cute shops and café, and is crossed by narrow whitewashed alleys that descend to the marina.
If instead you continue down Carrer Major, you’ll reach the town Eixample, where modernist villas were built by the those Sitges men who left their hometown as immigrants and come back as wealthy businessmen after spending their lives in Cuba, back in the 1800’s.
Formerly two separate museums, but now melted into a single one, the visit takes at least one hour, although if you are interested in art you’ll probably need much longer to take everything in.
The first part of the visit (Cau Ferrat) goes around the home of the artist Santiago Rusiñol: the street level has been preserved pretty much the way it was during the late 1800’s, with its antique furniture and unique artifacts, while the second floor displays the artist’s wrought iron and glass collections, along with some paintings – two Greco not to be missed.
The second part of the visit takes you to the Maricel mansion, with an impressive art collection including Sitges painters, as well as medieval, baroque and modernist pieces.
The mansion of the Llopis family, members of the local high society, is now open to the public as a house museum where you can see the original decoration and antique furniture as it was when the building was still inhabited.
Visitors are not allowed to wander on their own, not even with a private guide, so if you choose to visit it we’ll be joining one of the groups that tour the house every hour.
The second floor houses a beautiful collection of antique dolls, originally gathered by Lola Anglada, a popular local author of children books.
The Carrer Major of Sitges is lined up with small stores and boutiques featuring Spanish and European cloth designers. A shoppers heaven where you’ll find unique pieces to take home. So different from those city centers and shopping malls where you find the same exact brands all over the world!
The best bars in Sitges are lined up along Carrer Major and the other streets of the village, and offer plenty of opportunities to seat down for a coffee break, enjoy a beer, or eat a gelato.
Add some extra time to your tour to stay in Sitges for lunch. We know the best restaurants in town where to enjoy a paella by the beach or the marina. Or if you are more adventurous, there are also some traditional restaurants tucked away in the village alleys where you’ll be able to try authentic Sitges recipes inspired in what the local fishermen and sailors prepared on board of their ships. Or if you are traveling with teens, they’ll be excited to know that there’s a burger joint famous to have some of the best (and biggest!) burgers in Spain.
Sitges is blessed with a micro-climate that provides over 300 sunny days a year. The weather is nice here, even when in Barcelona it’s raining! And that makes it a great destination even in the winter (or should I say, specially in the winter, as it’s not as crowded as it is in the summertime).
There are 13 beaches in Sitges, most of them long with golden sand, although there are a couple of them in the outskirts that are smaller and surrounded by rocky cliffs. The ones closer to the center of the village are adapted to wheelchairs and sunshades and deck chairs are available for rent.
Did you know that the famous Bacardi rum brand was founded by a Sitges man? Facundo Bacardi was born in Sitges and immigrated to Cuba, where after working on a shop with his brother he eventually enter the textile business to finally get into the wine and liquors trade, what took him to create his own rum brand. The company continues to be family-owned after several generations, and his descendants decided to open a museum in Sitges in honor of Mr. Facundo.
In this museum, located in a brick building that was formerly the local marketplace, you’ll learn the history of the company as well as about the process of rum making, and they’ll teach you how to make a decent mojito.
The visit lasts a bit longer than 1 hour and must be booked in advance.
This Barcelona to Sitges day trip is perfect for people having a morning to go out of town and looking for a leisurely plan.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is easy-going but unless you plan for gelato and beach time they can get a bit bored. Alternatively, book a Montserrat half day tour, or combine Montserrat with lunch in Sitges.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, bear in mind that the driver is only used for the rides, but not in Sitges. The marina area is flat and easy to walk, but the old town is uphill and with some cobble-stone streets.
If you’d rather have a longer day, consider staying for lunch in Sitges (6 to 8 hour day trip, depending on what activities you want to include) or combining Sitges with some other destination such as the monastery of Montserrat, the Roman ruins of Tarragona or a winery in the Penedes.
Tour length: 5 hours, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
Museums are optional: Entrance fees are not included.
Lunch is not included. If you book a 5-hour tour, you’ll be back to Barcelona on time for a late lunch on your own. If you wish to stay in Sitges, expect lunch to last 1.5 to 2 hours depending on what you order (paella, for instance, takes long).
Transportation provided in private Mercedes Viano minivan (upto 6 of you) or Mercedes E Class car (couples), depending vehicle availability, with a dedicated driver. Groups of 7 or more will need larger vehicles at an extra cost.
You’ve heard about Sitges being a gay-friendly town? While it’s true that Sitges has long been a favorite vacation destination for the gay community, the truth is that they mix in gracefully with the locals and you are not likely to witness any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
ON REQUEST ONLY
A seaside lunch is around €30/person depending on your order.
OPTIONAL – Not included.
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This Day Trip to Sitges is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: the museums are closed on Mondays.
Tue thru Thu: the Bacardi house is closed.
Tour starting time:
|9AM||For a 5-hour day trip, or a 6-hour day trip without lunch.|
|10AM||For a 6-hour day trip with lunch in Sitges.|
|9 or 10AM||For an 8-hour day trip.|
Day trip to Sitges was great. Beautiful seaside town and a nice change of pace.