Sitges - jewel of the Mediterranean
Sitges is a world known town merely 35 minutes away from buzzing vibrant Barcelona. This seaside town is an utopia for those seeking fun in the sun, great tapas and a serene Mediterranean feel. Known for holiday goers from all parts of Europe, mainly from France, the UK and Germany, this town packs a long list of things to do.
Since the late 19th century when renowned Spanish painter Santiago Rusiñol spent his summers in Sitges, he brought a trend of arts and crafts with him that can still be notable to this day. Since the 60´s this coastal town has been known as the 'miniature Ibiza' as the first Pacha club was inaugurated there. The night life is very buzzing, which can be reflected on the locals as their positive energy and active life-style is quite intense.
The illustrated tiled street signs really caught our attention. Some of the most beautiful streets are situated around the 17th century seaside church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla. La Davallada street is graced with very colourful plants and flowers cherishing the atmosphere and traditional local bearings. On the morning upon arrival we stopped at the bar-cafeteria Granja de Sitges for a full-bodied breakfast. Located on the C/Major nº35, it is easily reachable from the pedestrianised walkway near the church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla. There is a little back door exit that leads to a small patio, perfect for catching the first rays of sun light.
When we took an early afternoon stroll through the seaside strip we could see the fascinating Modernist houses that were built by rich Spaniards returning from the colonies in Mexico, Cuba, Philippines etc. with fortunes to spend on the houses at that time. The over-seas influence greatly stands out and caught our attention with beautiful contrasts of colours on building roof tops and remarkable stone columns. The "Americanos" or "Indianos" houses (as they were called back then) still stand proudly on the beach promenade making a statement alongside more modern houses and apartment blocks.
For lunch at a hotel, we recommend you eat at the Hotel Alenti. There was an option for two different menus, both of which included a first plate, second plate, dessert and bread to accompany the meal. For 16 euros it is a bargain, especially giving that you are in a brilliant part of town and the food was really delicious. Another good restaurant and a recent find is 33 Sitges. For a set menu, you get a three course meal and can enjoy live music in a friendly ambience. Afterwards, we recommend getting your shot of caffeine at Vita Brevis and topping it with a visit to Sitges' first Italian ice cream shop of Italian Master's artesans Giovanni in Spain on street Calle Parellades nº49.
Lunch options are quite extensive, a couple of times we tried Café-Bar Roy which is the perfect place to read the paper, enjoy an aperitif, sip on cocktails or enjoy a coffee and free Wi-Fi access. The memories of the yester-years decorate the walls of the café-bar. Lunch for two costs 21 euros for - 2 tonic water, patatas bravas (quarter-cut chips with spicey sauce and garlic mayonnaise), pimientos padrón (green peppers fried with sea salt), calamares a la romana (roman-styled deep fried squids) and chipirones (baby squids). Sundays all about about mingling by the long and wide promenade on the beach. A great new addition to Sitges' culinary scene is the La Pepa del Mar; our fave dishes were the spinach fritters with honey alioli, pepeta-style octopus and potato bravas! If you are craving an American diner, Big Al's American Kitchen has those big delicious onion rings, crispy southern fried chickens, pulled pork quesadilla and dozens of other max sized dishes. They also have some of the best craft beers on tap in the city.
A tourist resort since the 1800s, Sitges offers much more than just a beach resort. We had a memorable time in this little coastal town surrounded by the hills of the Garraf National Park. View our pictures to get an insight as what to do and see in Sitges.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
El Raco del Vi
Bar La Guineu de Sitges
La Sitgetana Craftbeer
El Pou Sitges