This is the house of the famous Catalan artist, Santiago Rusiñol, bought at the end of the 19th century when he was seduced by Sitges on his way to the neighboring town of Vilanova. Rusiñol was one of the most active developers of Art Nouveau movement "Els Quatre Gats" joining artists and vanguard writers. He also was linked with "L'avenç" a magazine treating Art Nouveau themes.
The Cau Ferrat was the seat of literary competitions during the "Modernist Parties" (Festes Modernistes) between 1892 and 1899, that made Sitges worldwide famous among artistic circles.
The first floor of this building used to be the residence of this unique artist. The rooms are decorated with paintings by Rusiñol himself, Ramon Casas, Ignacio Zuloaga, Pichot and Manolo Hugué, among others. The second floor, decorated with works of El Greco, Zuloaga, Casas and Picasso, used to be his workshop. Nowadays the building is a museum, the "Museu del Cau Ferrat", and can be visited.
The Boulevard for the pedestrian along the beach is really nice and allows you to enjoy the view on the sea and also on the nice waterfront houses all along. In the evening, it is also a great place for a romantic walk... or tango under the moon!!!!!
If you visit the Museum Maricel, do not miss the "Sant Miquel" Tower, the "Saló d'Or" (Golden Hall), the "Saló Blau" (Blue Hall) and the cloister, with its magnificient views of the sea.
I spent there almost half an hour...just looking around me, listening to the the seagulls and looking at the sea.....
The Palau Maricel was commissioned by an American millionaire who fell in love with Sitges and wanted somewhere
to stay and to assure the conservation of his art collections. Built by Miquel Utrillo (influenced by the Modernism in Catalunya), the palace is ornately decorated with capìtals created by the sculptor Pere Jou, magnificent tiles and beautiful terraces. It is now a venue for concerts and meetings. It is there that tango-workshops were organised during the Sitges tango festival.
Sitges is full of narrow streets which are in some place very sinuous... Most of them have little shops which are really nice and full of colors..
Sitges' landmark : the baroque church of "San Bartomeu i sta Tecla" ... You see it from all parts of the beach! If it was not there, Sitges would not be the same at all!
Walking down the promenade in Sitges may be quite a nice activity. The view of the shore and the town are both great. Enjoy!