When reading about the history of Sitges, Santiago Rusinol is the main element. The town was deeply influenced by this artist who also inspired Pablo Picasso’s work. In the planning of a Barcelona trip, Sitges is rarely forgotten.
It was our weekend destination, therefore I can attest for its beautiful beaches and clean water. We had a great time admiring the modernist buildings that Santiago Rusinol left behind. This place was known as an “Ibiza in minituare” in the sixties, a party focal point with a cultural openness which made it attractive to the public.
As we visited it in a Saturday afternoon, there were no signs of parties, but people filling the cafes and enjoying the warm sun. The town had a relaxing vibe, narrow white streets that made me feel like I was in the South of Italy. I will definitely return.
If you are a beach traveller, I recommend this being part of your Barcelona beaches‘ itinerary. Small, but quiet, you are less likely to be “attacked” by the beach vendors as in other hot touristic spots.
Trains leave every 20 minutes from Passeig de Gracia, passing through Sants Station (Sants Estacio) and then Sitges. Tickets and timetables can be found on the official website Renfe. Keep in mind that there are two trains passing through Sitges, having as final stop Sant Vicenç de Calders or Vilanova i la Geltrú (these names are found on departure boards and the front of the train).
Tip: you do not receive a discount for buying train tickets with return, therefore we recommend to buy a one way ticket if unsure of return time. After all, Sitges might sweep you off your feet and make you its prisoner !
This was first published in the now defunct “Barcelona Blog” in 2012.