Barcelona has loads to see and do its self, but a trip out is easy and cheap, so i went to Sitges. Well worth a visit. The local train from Barcelona Sants is every 20 minutes, and the journey time half an hour. The local train is called Rodalies and the fare is a few Euros.
Sitges has a lot of buildings and history worthy.
There is a good article talking about SItges' Modernism in this site:
I hope that useful
Sitges has 17 sand beaches. Four of them are in the East: the first one called Les Botigues at the beginning of the coast, next to the beachs of Castelldefels and the other three are following the coast of Garraf (Road C-31). There are eleven urban beaches and two in the west. These last two have difficult access.
All the eastern and urban beaches have access facilities, flags indicating the state of the sea and most of them have quality diplomas and blue flags awarded by the European Union.
I know much better the area South of Barcelona. The landscapes may be not so spectacular as in La Costa Brava, but if your aim is a good beach, some sightseeing, and good food, you'll find there plenty as well.
Sitges has an interesting old town, nice shops, and very good beaches (that tend to be too crowded indeed), and it's a popular place for gay people (just in case this mean anything to you, it's a very popular place for families and honeymooners as well). Check this link for more info: sitgestour.com
Vilanova i la Geltrú may be not so charming and well-known as Sitges. However, there is a beautiful promenade and an interesting small medieval quarter. The main beach is excellent, and the prices of lodging and food are more reasonable. So, you can visit both in a daytrip or better a weekend trip, there are trains from Barcelona each 20 minutes departing from Passeig de Gracia or Sants. Is 30 minutes to Sitges and 40 to Vilanova. You may have a look here: vilanovageltru.com, here: vilanovaturisme.net or at my (still to be completed) Vilanova VT page
I cannot recommend you any specific place to stay, as my mother lives in an apartment on the beach in Vilanova i la Geltrú. So, never used accommodation on this area ;-)
A WINTER DAY TRIP FROM BARCELONA
SAVOUR IT´S BEAUTY AND CUISINE
This Weeks special secret event is dedicated to food.
Where? Palafurgell - Girona
How to get there from Barcelona ?
Buses Sarfa form Estacio DEL NORD
A mouth watering event
Until the 11th of March you may savour at 7 restaurants of this beautiful town the local cuisine special called Garoinada and Catxoflino. The Garoinada is a dish is made up of 12 sea urchins served with a special sauce of this region. The sea urchin is especially tasty during the cold winter months.
Now for the other special called the Catxoflino. Each restaurant has its special recipie but basically its a mixture of sea food and food from the mountains as they say. For example a plate made up of prawns, squid , meatballs and mushrooms and artichokes. Deeeelicious
La Casona, Simbol, Pa i Raïm, La Xicra, Hotel Llevant, Hotel Llafranch y el restaurante Xadó.
Price from: 35-45 euros
DO NOT MISS a day trip in SITGES, not far from Barcelona: architecture, lovely seaside resort already enjoyable in April, shops...
This town lives in the spirit of CATALUNYA (education is bilingual: Catalan/Spanish.)
romantic atmosphere as well, with "el pati blau"
If you have access to transportation, drive the 30 miles to Sitges. I found the resort town charming. Of course, we went during the off season and most places were closed but we still enjoyed it after the hussle and bussle of Barcelona.
Just a note for those who care ... since I saw very few people while there, I didn't know until later that it's known for being gay-friendly.
The town of Sitges is not very lively out of season but still you won't go hungy there. Nice place to walk around. It can also be easily reached by suburban train from Barcelona.
It is very popular with gay people for beach holidays.
Sitges International Film Festival
Every Fall this festival, devoted to the sci-fi/Fantastic films, takes place in a cool town outside Barcelona(25 min. train ride). It is nothing like San Sebastian or Cannes Film Fest but its importance is growing each year.
Sitges is a town located by the sea on the south of Barcelona. Nice beaches, good restaurants, lots of things to do and trendy nightlife are some of the qualities of Sitges. It is also a must for gay & lesbian travellers as there are many bars, hotels discos & beaches addressed to gay people.
Las playas de Barcelona son un atractivo adicional para el verano. Son cuatro kilómetros de costa divididos en seis playas, pero vale una aclaración: los paseos por la cercana Badalona, una jornada en Arenys de Mar, un bellísimo pueblo situado en dirección a la Costa Brava, y Sitges, una localidad vacacional con larga tradición en la región, con casas blancas escalonadas y calles que bajan hacia el Mediterráneo, son algunas de las opciones al alcance de la mano.
Una de las cosas que más llama la atención de Barcelona es que hay todos los días un evento cultural distinto. Más allá de haber disfrutado con las imágenes de Pablo Picasso y Joan Miró, los espectáculos cotidianos hacen que los catalanes sean sensibles al arte y a la cultura. La Fundación Joan Miró, creada en 1971, es un impulsor del modernismo, equiparable al Art Nouveau o al Modern Style de otros países. Quien quiera conocer el movimiento cultural barcelonés, no puede dejar de visitar el Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña, el Museo de Historia de la Ciudad, el Museo Picasso, el Museo de la Ciencia y el Museo de Arte Contempóraneo de Barcelona.