Plaça de l'Ajuntament, 20, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla
Seeing the famous sculpture of the Mermaid and climbing the fantastic stairs of La Punta to reach the Parroquia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Sitges.
This baroque church from the 17th century, located on a small hill with views of the Paseo Marítimo and the Mediterranean, is one of the icons and postcards of Sitges in which its façade stands out with its two bell towers, while inside it has several altarpieces of Renaissance and Baroque style, as well as two Gothic tombs and an organ.
When leaving the church, don't forget to stop in front of the Baluard Canyon, a replica of one of the 6 cannons that defended Sitges at the end of the 18th century and which is another of the most important points in this area of the city.
C. de Fonollar, 7, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
The Palau Maricel, built between 1913 and 1916 on some old fishermen's houses and a hospital, located on both sides of Fonollar street, is another of the most beautiful places to see in Sitges.
In a novocentista style and with architectural elements from different parts of Spain, this work was financed by the American millionaire Charles Deering to convert the fishermen's houses into an art museum and the hospital into his private residence.
After observing its fantastic exterior in which white and blue predominate, it is worth booking a guided tour to see its incredible modernist rooms such as the Saló d'Or, the Saló Blau, the Sala Capella, the Sala Vaixells, the terraces or the cloister, from where you will have excellent views.
Playa de Sitges, Sitges, Spain
Another of the best things to do in Sitges is to take a refreshing dip in one of its best urban beaches, located along its 4 kilometers of coastline.
Among our favorite beaches to visit in Sitges are:
- Balmins Beach: located between the port and the old town, it is made up of 3 beautiful coves in which nudism predominates.
- Sant Sebastiá Beach: located in front of the old fishing district, it is the most emblematic of the city and was chosen as the best urban beach in the world by the New York Times.
- Playa de la Ribera: located a few meters from the historic center, it has all the services and an area for children.
- Playa de la Barra: located at the end of the promenade, it is perfect for families and those looking for a quieter environment.
- Playa d'Aiguadolç: located behind the port and surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, it is a mixed beach.
C. de Fonollar, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Cau Ferrat Museum
Crossing the charming Racó de la Calma to visit the Cau Ferrat Museum is another of the best things to do in Sitges.
Located in the house-workshop of the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol, one of the most recognized artists of Catalan modernism, this museum houses an important collection of sculpture, wrought iron, ceramics, glass and painting with some paintings by Picasso and the Greek.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm, in summer it closes at 8pm and in winter at 5pm.
Carrer Cristóbal Colón, 20-26, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
At the end of the Paseo Marítimo you will arrive at the Jardines de Terramar, our last recommendation on the list of essential places to see in Sitges.
This park, located between the sea and a golf course, is perfect for having a picnic or simply taking a quiet walk through nature that will lead you to its small artificial lakes that are one of the green lungs of the city.