A town that has been called ‘Little Ibiza' can be as laid back or as lively as you want it to be. With pretty, cobbled streets to explore during the day and a vibrant club scene that comes alive at night, it is not all music and dancing though. Small, intimate restaurants rub shoulders with boutique shops to allow you to browse and dine your evenings away without being disturbed by anyone. It also has 17 family-friendly beaches that are classed as some of the best in the whole of the Mediterranean area. It is a truly European town, where over a third of its population of approximately 27,000 are from the UK, Holland, Scandinavia, or France, to name a few of the expatriates nations living here.
Location: On the north-eastern coast of Spain, close to Barcelona
Only 40 kilometres south-west of Barcelona and facing the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Garraf Forests and National Park that makes up the hills and mountains inland, Sitges is located in a truly, natural beauty area. Barcelona's International Airport can be reached in around 30 minutes, either by car on the C-32 road or by the train service direct to the town.
Business: Six conference centres in close proximity
Having an ideal location so close to Barcelona means that the business traveller is well catered for in the area. From Girona, just over 130 kilometres and Barcelona at 30 kilometres to the north-east, to Tarragona only 60 kilometres to the south, there are large conference centres within easy commuting distances. Sitges has the Meliá Conference Centre and Hotel, situated in a stunning complex of buildings that can host, on-site, up to 1,400 delegates in its auditorium and up to 500 in its convention centre.
Culture: A glimpse of the region’s history in one street
The Sitges Church of St Bartholomew and St Tecla overlooks the town and has a fine example of a domed nave from the 17th Century. A simple yet pretty design means it is the focal point for many weddings, and you will often hear the bells ringing their music in celebration. Along the same street are two of Sitges’ three museums, the Museu Marical and the Museu Cau Ferrat. The latter was built by local artist Santiago Rusiñol, who knocked two fishermen’s cottages together to create the gallery of wonderful glass and ironworks. The Museu Marical, a little further along, houses the private collection of art, most featuring a maritime theme, of the town's doctor from 1969. A quick tip, each museum charges around €4.00 entry, buy a ticket from the tourist information that allows entry to all three for around €6.00 to save money.
Activities: Laze on the beach and dance the night away
Many come to visit the colourful and vibrant nightlife in the aptly named 'Street of Sin' that runs through the town. Here, you can find clubs and bars to suit every taste and style, and that stay open until the dawn sun creeps over the horizon to inform the party animals to hit the beach and recharge their batteries for the next night of fun and laughter.