Arguably Catalonia's most famous resort, Sitges is located around 35 kilometres south of Barcelona and is easily reached by train or bus from Barcelona airport. Due to its proximity to Barcelona it is a popular retreat all year round (see below for events listing) and enjoys a character most Spanish seaside towns lack. Sitges is charming, with its long promenade, modernist architecture and many beaches overlooked by its emblematic 17th century church. There are shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and and a wide range of sporting activities to enjoy. Sitges is a 30 minute train journey from the centre of Barcelona (4 trains every hour) and is the ideal base from which to explore its larger neighbour. Other attractions close by include the Port Aventura theme park and water park (1 hour by train), Aqua Leon safari park and water park (45 minutes by car), the Roman remains at Tarragona and not forgetting the nearby railway museum at Vilanova.
Sitges calendar of events Jan to December 2014:
25th February to the 5th of March - Sitges Carnaval (parades taking place on Sunday the 2nd and Tuesday the 4th March);
Mid March - Barcelona to Sitges Classic Car Rally - Step back in time when the 1920´s comes alive in Sitges;
1st to 4th May - Bears meeting - A popular event that packs the bars and clubs in Sitges;
12th to 16th June - Gay Pride
22th June - Corpus Christi - the streets of Sitges are transformed into floral blankets;
July (Dates TBC) - Sitges International Tango Festival;
July (Dates TBC) - Sitges International Chess Open.
21st - 27th August - Fiesta Major - Sitges summer carnival with a stunning display of fireworks on the beach (Fireworks 23rd);
September (Dates TBC) - Festival of wine;
6th to 15th September - Bears Week - A popular event that packs the bars and clubs in Sitges;
17th - 23rd September - Santa Tecla - A mini version of Fiesta Mayor (Fireworks date TBC);
Late September - Wine festival and tasting
October (Dates TBC) - Film Festival - Hollywood comes to Sitges at this internationally recognised film festival of SCI FI and Horror;
October (Dates TBC) - “Club de Tast Festival” (Gourmet Food Tasting).
Please double check all dates as things do change.