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Sitges

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“Sitges is a town little and bright bounded on the east by Indies of the Viceroys and on the west by Romanic coasts and Grecian Isles To the south lie Andalusia and Morocco And to the north the mayoralty of Montmartre”

BEACHES NATURE CULTURE

Llibre Huésped del mar. 1945 César González - Ruano

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Did you know that ...? Sitges is: 35 minutes 25 minutes 35 minutes 45 minutes

from from from from

Barcelona the international airport of Barcelona the high speed train connection in Barcelona Reus airport

45 minutes from the high speed train connection in Tarragona 1 hour from Girona airport

has always been a place that has entranced artists, tourists and indeed visitors from all around the world. For many its secret is the light, as evidenced by the painters, sculptors and writers who came to live here at the end of the nineteenth century. And nature has been generous with Sitges, situated as it is on the coast of the Mediterranean at the foot of the Garraf hills. On a cultural level, its legacy of vibrant art and continuing traditions is unrivalled. Sitges has maintained its former status as a town of fisherman and peasants with important medieval references offering visitors a fascinating history. What is more, the town enjoys a cosmopolitan character thanks to the heterogeneous nature of the population, which is made of up of more than seventy nationalities. Currently 21st century Sitges is riding high on creativity, talent and innovation, but without losing sight of its roots. It continues to be a town that attracts and seduces.


Sitges has seventeen beaches, each with its own character, catering for every taste. There are little quiet coves, wide sandy beaches ideal for families, and town beaches along

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Did you know that ...? Sitges

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microclimate,

with

gentle summers and winters, an average yearly

the promenade within walking distance of the

temperature of 18.7ยบ C and more than 300 days

historic centre.

of sun a year.

Sitges also has three marinas: Aiguadolc, Garraf and Port Ginesta.


Sitges is ideal for activity holidays, with its sea and mountains providing a superb environment for all kinds of sporting activity: boating, adventure and exploring nature. The National Garraf Park offers the opportunity to enjoy organised activities such as guided walks, workshops, observatory visits and summer camps. It is ideal terrain for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

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In the Natural Garraf Park there is the Palau Plana Novella, the Buddhist monastery Sakya Tashi Ling, which offers meditation, relaxation, Tai Chi, Yoga... The Plana Novella is a large country house built by one of the Catalans who made their fortunes in the West Indies and it now houses an exhibition of Tibetan culture.


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Sitges has a long cultural tradition which began in the modernista age at the turn of the last century. It is a cosmopolitan town which attracts artists from all over the world. Sitges boasts the legacy of Santiago Rusinol with the Cau Ferrat, Maricel and Romantic Museums, the Casa Bacardi and the Contemporary Art Foundation Pere St채mpfli.

Did you know that ...? Sitges has a strategic economic development plan, known as Qualia Sitges, based on creativity, innovation and culture


The cultural offerings of Sitges do not end with places to visit; it also has a diverse cultural life throughout the year with exhibitions, performances, events and festivals, many of which come under the banner Sitges, Festival Town. The most important of these is the International Film Festival of Catalunya.

Did you know that ...? Sitges has more than 40 cultural events a year, nearly one every weekend.


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To walk through the streets of Sitges is to discover a host of architectural jewels and iconic buildings: the houses of the “americanos�, those sitgetanos who in the 18th and 19th centuries emigrated to Cuba and Puerto Rico to make their fortune and on returning home built themselves imposing houses.

Did you know that ...? The

Palau

Maricel

was

from

several

fisherman’s cottages in 1910 by the American millionaire Charles Deering.

You will also find some remarkable modern buildings

built


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Sitges throws itself into its traditional festivals and the whole town joins in. Some of the most notable celebrations are the Festa Major in August, the Verema (wine harvest festival) and the feast of Santa Tecla in September, Carnival in February, the Vintage Car Rally from Barcelona to Sitges in March, and Corpus Christie in June. Another of the revived traditions is that of the “castellera� (human towers six or more men high) with competitions from April to October.

Did you know that ...? The Sitges Festa Major takes place between 17 and 21 August around the feast day of St Bartholomew. It has been declared of national interest by the Catalan Generalitat.


N O I T A D O M M O C C A HOTELS *****

HOTELS *

Dolce Sitges

Alexandra Central Normandie El Cid La Renaixença Playa de Oro

HOTELS ****

Accommodation in Sitges caters for all tastes and requirements, from grand hotels belonging to international chains to small friendly establishments. Sitges has thirteen 4 and 5 star hotels either on the sea front or very close to the beach. They are all appropriate for both holiday and business use.

Alenti Antemare Nova Dimensió AH Mediterráneo Sitges AH Sunway Playa Golf Av. Sofia Hotel i Spa Best Western Subur Marítim Calípolis Estela Barcelona La Niña Meliá Sitges San Sebastián Playa Terramar

HOTELS*** Capri Celimar Celimar Centre Galeón-Galeón Pavillón La Pinta La Santa Maria Parrots Platjador Sitges Park Subur

HOTELS ** Arcadia El Xalet Garraf Los Globos Madison Bahia Montserrat Noucentista Parrots Sitges Romàntic

PENSIONS ** Bonaire Davallada 9 Gemini Liberty Madison Maricel Termes

PENSIONS *

Did you know that ...? Sitges has more than 5000 hotel rooms in 48 establishments, 1915 places in two camping sites and 614 places in holiday apartments.

Bonanza Casa Bella Espalter Parellades

CAMPINGS El Garrofer Sitges

APARTMENTS Butí Hola Sitges Jodol Montserrat Stay Sitges Sunway Sitges

Reservation Service Best price guaranteed! www.sitgestur.cat

To make a reservation at any hotel in Sitges: www.sitgestur.cat. There you will also find additional information on culture, gastronomy, shopping, activities, business tourism, active tourism and much more.


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In a unique environment where the conveniences of modern urban life are combined with the advantages of the Mediterranean coast, Sitges is the ideal place to hold conferences, conventions and incentive travel.

The Sitges Convention Bureau will provide organisers

with an assessment of their needs, organise site visits, collaborate with the presentation of candidatures and provide promotional tourist material for delegates.

Did you know that ...? Sitges has an auditorium with a capacity of 1.400 assistants, 1 convention centre for 500 delegates and over a 100 meeting rooms in hotels, able to host between 10 and 700 delegates. There are also unique venues for holding events and banquets for up to 1.000 people.


S E G T I S T BES PPING O H S

Commerce is key to the tourist offerings of Sitges and covers a wide variety of high quality businesses. The majority are small friendly shops with distinctive products that are far from the usual run of the mill. They are establishments which pride themselves on being up to date and original. The main shopping area, particularly for fashion and accessories, is situated in the centre of the town.

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Best

Sitges

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a

mark

of

quality which recognises the establishments

that

belong

to the Sitges Commerce and

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Gastronomy club of Turisme de

The Tourist Office and other places sell all sorts of

Sitges. Each one of the associates

items that are relevant to the traditions of Sitges:

has a distinctive sticker “Best

from jewellery to beach necessities, from books to

Sitges� in the window or on the

designer T-shirts.

door so that they can be easily recognised.


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Sitges prides itself on an exceptional cuisine where world renowned Mediterranean cooking is delivered to a high standard. To sit on the sea front savouring the specialities of Sitges, based on fish and rice, as well as the famous xat贸 - and not forgetting the avant-garde offerings of contemporary dishes - is a unique gastronomic experience.

Did you know that ...? Malvasia is a sweet wine particular to Sitges, made from the grape variety of the same name and listed as a bastion of Slowfood. It is produced at the Hospital de Sant Joan Baptista.


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To chill out, to see and be seen, or simply to pass the time, Sitges has a huge variety of cafes, bars and ice cream parlours of every type and ambience scattered through the streets and squares. On the sea front or in the town centre, a terrace is always an attractive place to watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere of the town.

Did you know that ...? Beach bars in Spain are know as chiringuitos, and the original one that gave its name to all the others is to be found on the Passeig de la Ribera in Sitges.

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Sitges is considered one of the leading places for nightlife with its great variety and choice. What is more, Sitges is experiencing a change: extending what has usually been on offer, bringing it up to

Did you know that ...?

date and concentrating on higher quality. The clubs are to be found in different parts of the town centre, the sea front, 1 de maig street, and

The very first Pacha in the world began in Sitges in 1967 created by Ricard Urgell. The disco is still going strong.

the Port Aiguadolรง.


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Sitges is the ideal place for adventure holidays. Its seventeen beaches and 3 marinas are just the thing for boating and sailing; the Garraf National Park is great for climbing and walking, and of course there are the swimming pools, football and rugby pitches, and leisure centres. Sitges also has an 18-hole golf course.

Did you know that ...? The Garraf National Park has a visitors’ centre which offers activities focused on exploring the environment, including events specially designed for the disabled.


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Activities in the framework of Christmas Holidays Winter Swimming Crossing & Aquathlon Show season

Rugby 7x7 Tournament Sitges Gin Festival

SUMMER

The Three Kings Parade

WINTER

Sitges Half Distance Marathon Carnival. Parades: Sunday 6th and Tuesday 8th International Patchwork Festival

Carnation Exhibition & 21st Bonsai Exhibition

Sitges Stock Fair

Corpus Christi Festival. Flower Carpet Competition

Sitges Art Exhibition

“Concerts de Mitjanit” Sitges International Music Festival Sitges Music Festival · Jazz & Classical Music International Chess Open Poetry Festival of Sitges Six to Six experience Sitges Gay Pride Sitges International Tango Festival Sitges Timbalada 2011 “Mare de Déu del Vinyet”, Celebration at the Vinyet Sanctuary Summer Swimming Crossing 3x3 Street Basketball “Festa Major de Sitges Sitges Stock”

SPRING

Barcelona-Sitges International Vintage Car Rally Bric-à-brac traders’ Fair Delicatessen Sitges BTT Cycling Vila de Sitges Easter (Holy Week) Ophiusa Regatta’s edition (Sitges – Formentera) “Sant Jordi”. Book and Rose Day Music Festival “SitgesGreenSound” Triathlon Sprint Sitges

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Grape Harvest Festival Wine Tasting Experience “Santa Tecla” Annual celebration “Menjar de Tast”. Gourmet Food Tasting Festival Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia Marnaton Edreams Garraf-Sitges Bodaevents Ecological Cycling Barcelona - Sitges

Did you know that ...? All of these events can be found on the internet on the calendar of the Sitges Tourist Office, www.sitgestur.cat


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The Office for the Promotion of Tourism has a Tourist Information Office just by the train station, which has information about Sitges as well as a shop selling items and products of interest to visitors.

Tourist Information Office and Reservation Service (+34) 938 944 251 / 902 103 428 www.sitgestur.cat info@sitgestur.cat d

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By going to the Sitges web page www.sitgestur.com you can reserve rooms for any hotel in Sitges with a guarantee of the best price. There is also information on cultural events, festivals, gastronomy, commerce, leisure activities, business trips and activity holidays.

Sitges Convention Bureau (+34) 938 109 310 www.sitgescb.cat info@sitgescb.cat itges

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Club itgesde Producte de comerç i gastronomia Best Sitges (+34) 938 109 304 www.bestsitges.cat itges info@bestsitges.cat


CREDITS

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Agència de Promoció Turisme de Sitges Sínia Morera, 1 08870 Sitges Tel: (+34) 93 894 42 51 info@sitgestur.cat www.sitgestur.cat Design and texts Publicacions de Turisme de Sitges Photography AGIS Sitges, Àlex Ferret de Querol, Carles Castro, Jesús París, Joan Iriarte, Josep Maria Alegre (portada), Lambert Gràcia, Marc Macià, Marc Rosés, Miquel Tres, Diputació de Barcelona, Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges, Port d’Aiguadolç i Turisme de Sitges Printed by: Indústries Gràfiques Papyrus

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