This is one of the places attended by people with a good economic position, but it's also a quiet place where you can have a nice walk, see some beautiful boats, have lunch/dinner in some of their restaurants or a drink in one of their pubs by night.
Walking from the town centre you'll spend about 15-20 min. to arrive. Once there, you'll see that it's a little bit labyrinthian, but this is part of its charm. You can also go by car, but you'll have to pay for the parkplace.
Everybody knows the church of Sant Bartomeu in Sitges, but who knows the Sanctuary of Mare de Déu del Vinyet? No one, excepting the people from the town, in fact it's so popular for them that many parents give their daughters the name of Vinyet.
The festivity of the Mare de Déu del Vinyet is the 5th of August and they do several celebrations that day.
The first documents about this church are from the XIIIth century, though the older part that you can see today is from the XVIth century: if you look at the side door you'll see engraved in a stone the year 1552. The current building is from the XVIIIth Century, when big changes were done for having a more spacious church.
You can arrive there taking a beautiful walk (about 20-25 min. from the town centre) along the Passeig Marítim. When you arrive to the monument dedicated to the Doctor Benapres turn right, and follow the street Doctor Benapres until the end, you will get there directly. When going back from there to the town centre, you can walk trough the Vinyet neighbourhood, which has a lot of beautiful houses.
If you want to go by car, you have to take the road C-31 from Sitges towards Vilanova i la Geltrú, and before the end of Sitges the church will appear on your left.
This is no only a "patio", it's the last typical “patio” of Sitges. Besides, this place inspired the painting with the same name by the famous Catalonian artist Santiago Russinyol and gave place to a theatre play as well.
If you are a sculptor, then you may want to join the numerous sand sculptors in Sitges whose amazing creations seemed to decorate the many sandy beaches of Passeig de la Ribera. Otherwise, admiring the sculptures like I did will suffice... See the attached photos for some of the incredible works I witnessed.
Old Sitges, la Vila Vella, is located in the area around and behind the prominent Església de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla. A fortified castle once existed on the hilltop site, but over the years it has been replaced by a charming town with narrow streets and Gothic architecture. This historic part of town contains some of the town's museums and more cultural sites.
Sitges boasts a large number of modernista architecture built mostly in the early 20th century. Naturally so as this was the time when such architecture was fashionable and became an expression of Catalan nationalism. The best examples (see attached photos) are located on Passeig de la Ribera (the corniche) and within l'Eixample district.
Also known as Casa del Rellotge (Clock) because of the clock on its tower, the Casa Bartomeu Carbonell is a landmark building in the commercial heart of Sitges. The residential edifice was completed in 1915 when Sitges was acquiring numerous modernista buildings. Its most recognisable feature is the pencil-like tower covered in blue and white tiles.
Constructed in 1889, l'Ajuntament de Sitges is the city hall building. It was designed by the Catalan architect Salvador Vinyals Sabaté in a neo-Catalan Gothic style. The Ajuntament is located in Old Sitges, just behind the Church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla.
The Catalan architect, Miquel Utrillo, built his very own palace in Sitges following the same architectural style of the surrounding buildings. The building dates from 1915 and nowadays serves as a library.
Built as a residential palace in 1911, the Maricel de Terra is one of Sitges most identifiable architectural building, along with the neighbouring Maricel de Mar. It was designed by the architect Miquel Utrillo i Morlius in a style identical to the adjacent buildings.
There is not a whole lot to see in Sitges if you're coming to the town for art or siteseeing, but one of the greatest pleasures is simply wandering about and admiring the charming houses. The whitewashed walls and iron work on the windows and balconies are prettiest if you head to the old part of town, near the church and up to Plaça Cap de la Vila
The Ribera Beach of Platja de la Ribera in Catalan is certainly a well-known part of the Sitges legend, but you needn't bring your bathing suit to enjoy this unmistakable part of Sitges. Indeed, when I went to Sitges in April, the weather was rather uncooperative and you couldn't tan during the morning even if you wanted to. Instead, the Platja offered great scenery as a storm brewed off the coast and the waves broke against the rocks. Towards the end with the cathedral there are many older hotels and sculptures that help add to the artistic beauty of this quaint little town.
The Parish Church is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture in this town and is rather imposing, as it is on a higher section of the coast than the beaches for which Sitges is known. If you are coming along the beach it is hard to miss the church, which can also be reached by going through the town itself (although that way is not as much fun). The church is also known as La Punta and is picturesque when photographed against the whitewashed houses that line the beachfront.
dominating the beach front is the 17th century church of sant bartomeu i santa tecla. the downtown area and most of the popular bars and restaurants are within a short walk of this landmark. located next to the church is the museu cau ferrat. this museum showcases the collection of modernista artist santuago rusinol. it is an unusual collection of ceramics, sculptures, paintings and ornate iron work.
Sitges is very close to many different places, but if you have time (and car) go to visit some of the wine-production factories: Freixenet, Codorniu and many others. It's very interesting and they are really beautiful.
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