Welcome to Sitges
Sitges has always been a place which has enchanted artists, tourists and visitors from all over the world. For many, the secret lies in its light and almost 300 days of sun that it enjoys every year, which attracted the painters, sculptors and writers who settled here at the end of the 19th century.
Nature has indeed been generous to Sitges with its setting in an outstanding location on the Mediterranean coast at the foot of the Garraf Massif. Its cultural heritage is extraordinary, with a lively art scene and its traditions are respected with a modern perspective. Sitges has preserved important features both from mediaeval times and from its history as an old fishing town, enabling visitors to enjoy a notable architectural heritage. Moreover, it is a cosmopolitan town which has attracted residents from more than 70 nations.
Sitges is a coastal town that has always known how to protect its cultural and artistic values. The remains of the old medieval village are mixed with the legacy of the Americanos, the men and women who, returning with their fortunes from their American adventure had large mansions built for themselves. In Sitges, there is still an air of the bohemian atmosphere inherited from versatile artist Santiago Rusiñol, who transformed it into the Mecca of Modernism. Since then, the town has aroused diverse artists and painter’s interest, and today there is still a community of artists living here who exhibit their pieces at their workshops.
Since time immemorial, the town has attracted the interest artists and painters, and even today there is a whole colony of artists here who display their artwork at their studios. To discover its cultural wealth, all you have to do is take a walk around the streets in the center of town, the old city or the seafront promenade. And if you’d like to explore it more in depth, you can take a guided tour along the route of the Americanos (Spaniards who returned to Spain after making their fortune in Latin America) or the Modernism route. Another excellent option is visiting its 4 museums; Cau Ferrat, Maricel Palace, Can Llopis Romanticism and the Pere Stämpfli Foundation.
Festivals & traditions
Sitges embraces its traditional festivals intensely and with popular participation. Visitors and tourists mix with Sitges locals to get the true festival experience. Some of its most outstanding celebrations are the Festa Major, the town’s main annual fiesta, in the month of August; Santa Tecla and the Wine Harvest Festival, in September, the Carnival, in February, the Barcelona – Sitges Vintage Car Rally, in March, Corpus Christi in June and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Another revived tradition are the Human Towers, with performances from April to October.
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You are so close to Barcelona, do not miss the opportunity to visit it.
The city of Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,7 million inhabitants and 3 million in the metropolitan area. Its cultural richness, vibrant life, and splendid location has made it one of the most visited cities in the world, with over 4 million visitors per year.
Over two thousand years old, there is not just one Barcelona, but several. The old city (Ciutat Vella) offers the visitor a wide range of routes to follow and reconstruct the history of Barcelona by starting at the Roman walls, moving to the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and going to the popular promenade know as La Rambla. The city expansion (Eixample), formed from 1860 to 1930, bears witness to the wealth brought about by the economic growth of the period. Barcelona is best known for its architectural treasures, featuring many unique buildings from the “Modernist” period (late 19th-early 20th centuries), seven of which have declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Furthermore, in the last two decades, Barcelona has been an experimentation ground for the most innovative architectural concepts.
Barcelona is also famous for its cultural tradition. The city has over twenty museums, covering all aspects of art and culture. The best known are the National Museum of Art of Catalonia with one of the major collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, the Museum of Historic Art, the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation and the Tàpies Foundation. The Science Museum presents a wideranging display of scientific and technological advances.
Besides some major art show rooms, most musical events take place in three large venues: the Palau de la Música Catalana, a real modernist gem, the Auditorium, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, (venue of the conference gala dinner) which is a leading opera house, reconstructed after its burning in 1994. Many stage troupes and actors in Barcelona are the best in Spain, and achieve international acclaim. A glance at the programme of cultural and entertainment events published in the Barcelona daily newspapers is the best way of finding out of what going on in the city.
More information: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/