Sitges is a beach resort town about 21 miles southwest of Barcelona. It is well known for its well attended Carnival and annual film festival. It has a rich history, fun nightlife, and 17 beautiful beaches. It is a popular gay destination.
If you are traveling to or from Barcelona and Sitges, then you can take a day tour bus, municipal train, or a bus.
A number of tour companies include Sitges as a stop on a day trip departing from Barcelona. For example, you can visit Sitges, Montserrat, and a cava wine cellar tour in a day. Or, you can visit Sitges and have a tour of Tarragona. Another popular day tour is Sitges, a tour of the city of Barcelona, and a cava wine cellar tour.
Sitges is less than 45 minutes by Cercanias Renfe, which is the suburban train network, from the center of Barcelona. Trains leave every 30 minutes and cost about 4 euros each way. You can board the train in Barcelona at the Estacio de França, Passeig de Gracia, and Estacio Sants train stations. You will want to get off at Vilanova i la Geltru or St. Vincenç de Calders stations in Sitges.
Trains to Sitges from Barcelona run approximately every 20 minutes. The trip takes about 45 minutes from Estacio de França, 35 minutes from Passeig de Gracia, and 30 minutes from Estacio Sants. The trains stop in the evening about 7:30 p.m. If you need night transportation, then the bus would be your best bet.
MonBus runs to and from Sitges and Barcelona. The bus leaves from Plaza Espanya and Ronda Universitat during the day. The trip from Ronda Universitat to Sitges takes 55 minutes and from Plaza Espanya, it takes 45 minutes (sometimes longer on weekends as the bus makes more stops). The buses pass through Barcelona El Prat Airport.
Buses at night are under a different name—not called MonBus—and are simply given numbers N30, N31, or N32. They run from Plaza Catalunya rather than Ronda Universitat or Plaza Espanya. The night bus trip is shorter as it goes directly from Barcelona to Sitges, with the travel time taking about 35 minutes.
Although there is a beach in Barcelona. Do not even try to convince yourself that the beach in the center of Barcelona is nice, it isn't. To enjoy the beautiful beaches in this area, you really want to go to Sitges. There are a number of nice beaches in Sitges including a few nude beaches like Platja dels Balmins and Platja d'Aiguadolc.
Of its 17 sand beaches, Les Botigues is at the beginning of the coast, next to the beaches of Castelldefels and three others along the Garraf coast. One of them is the Garraf village beach. There are 11 beaches in the town and two to its west, which are difficult to access. As a popular gay resort, there are also some specifically gay nude beaches in Sitges like Playa del Muerto, which is one of the western beaches that is more difficult to reach.
Facundo Bacardi, the founder of the popular rum distillery, was from Sitges. There is a Rum Museum in Sitges to commemorate his rum dynasty.
Best Times to Visit
Of course, if you are hankering to get to the beach, then any day that is a good weather day is a great time to visit Sitges. There are a few events that make it a popular time to visit, too.
- Some would say that the absolute best time to visit is Carnival time. Every year during Carnival, gay and straight people from around Europe flock to see one of the most flamboyant festivals on the continent.
- Gay Pride Sitges takes place in June. For nine days in June, you can expect pool parties, foam parties, boat cruises, and parades through the streets.
- The traditional Sitges festival is in August. In honor of the patron saint, the town celebrates for a week with parades, fireworks, dancing, and a procession with a statue of the saint.
- The 10-day Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia is in October.
Other Places to Visit Near Sitges
The nearest town to Sitges is Vilanova I la Geltru, where there is a railway museum. A little further from the coast you'll find Vilafranca dei Penedes, which is famous for its cava wine. A quirky photo opportunity on the way to Vilafranca is the village of California.