sitges in the fall
Sitges is a small sea-side town about 35 kilometres from Barcelona. It's quite nice to visit at the end of october, when the beach-bums have left... but according to the number of shops, bars, discos and so on, I have the idea that in summer it must be murder.
It's a pity because some areas are really nice - and one stunning. i'm talking about the lanes behind the church!!!! A real delight! enjoying wonderful sea-views at 22°C and without the crowds... strolling about to "see" the sights... feeling very unstressed and relaxed
Passeig de la Ribera
With hills and Old Sitges on one side and the Mediterranean on the other, the Passeig de la Ribera is the most scenic part of Sitges. The long boulevard hugs the bay and boasts numerous beaches and beautiful architecture. Many cafés and restaurants are also located here. As a result, Passeig de la Ribera has become the main area in Sitges where locals and visitors stroll and enjoy the views.
MUSEU ROMANTIC, CAN LLOPIS
This big house was built in 1973 by a rich family who lived in Sitges and for many years was the most important house there. In 1935 it was given to be used as a museum.
There are guided visits every hour o’clock. It’s about 45 minutes. Take a trip in the XIXth century and learn what was life like at that time. Visit it cause there are a lot of interesting things to be seen like the important colletion of china dolls (XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries) There are over 400. They were given by the artits and writer Lola Anglada. Don´t miss the carriage in the entrance wich was used to make trips to Barcelona. It took about 7 hours. Fortunately times has changed and we can make the trip in just 30 minutes : )
Usual Timetable: tuesday to friday: 10-13.30/15-18.30 (last visits 12 (morning) and 15 (afteroon)); saturday 10-19 (non stop); sundays (10-15)
Summer: tuesday to sunday :10-14/17-21 (last visits 13 (morning) and 20 (afteroon))
More than meets the queer eye
"Majuscule in reputation"
Sitges is famous as a gay resort and, indeed, it is not hard to find out why. The newer part of the town is filled with gay bars and the requisite gay tourists from Northern Europe and North America. The town, however, holds much more than just beach and bars. In fact, it should be a prominent stop on any art aficionado's tour of Catalunya.
"One of the four cats"
Picasso liked to frequent Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona with several other painters, one of whom was Rusiñol, a native of Sitges. Today, Sitges honours its most famous son by displaying his works prominently and preserving his home.
Art in Sitges goes beyond Rusiñol, however, and the city has used its name as party hotspot to fund and restore numerous other galleries. Be sure to visit the city's museum on the waterfront, which features many religious and renaissance works, the small collection of modern art next door and the collection of impressionist works at Museu Romàntic in the commercial area.
A pretty beach village
This nice place still retains a trace of its fisherman's village remote past, and a lot of more recent "indians" (enrichened people back from the Americas a century ago) ostentation in the form of beautiful buildings and gardens, many of "noucentisme" style. Narrow winding streets keep a fresh lovely feeling, while you breath a familiar atmosphere on a typical mediterranean sea village...