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Sitges is in the province of Barcelona in the Catalonia region of Spain.
Sitges is the best of the resorts on the coast south of Barcelona. It has a long sandy beach replete with palm trees, some excellent Modernist architecture, a thriving nightlife, and an overall attractiveness which has attracted various notable artists. Sitges is very popular with the city dwellers of Barcelona and has become a popular, though pricey resort. It is also very popular as a gay resort.
Sitges is a very popular summer resort and has many long sandy beaches. The beaches in the town itself are attractively dotted with palm trees and there is a long seafront promenade - the Passeig Martim. With bars, shops and hotels in the attractive beach front buildings it is very pleasant, indeed it is said to be the best beach front promenade on the whole of the Catalan coast! At one end is a statue of El Greco.
There is no particular highlight though the 17th century church of Sant Bartolomeu i Santa Tecla sat on the edge of the sea is an attractive one. But the combination of wide avenues and narrow lanes, palm trees and beaches and a happy, party atmosphere has clinched for Sitges a reputation as the 'St Tropez' of Spain.
To get to the church climb up the hill overlooking the beaches. The Baroque church is known locally as La Punta. There is a street of white-washed mansions one of which contains the Cau Ferret Museum.
Sitges is host to an International Film Festival in October/November each year. It seems to host some kind of festival virtually every month of the year. This town really does like to party!
Sitges is the birthplace of Facundo Bacardi who emigrated to Cuba in the early 19th century and set up the Bacardi company.
Sitges has 17 different beaches ranging from small coves to nudist beaches to large sandy beaches with lots of ameneties.
Museums in Sitges
The Museu Cau Ferret was the home of the artist Santiago Rusinol, an important Modernist artist who moved to Sitges in the late 19th century. The museum contains his paintings and sculptures and some art which he bought which includes two El Greco paintings.
The Museu Maricel de Mar houses a good collection of Catalan sculpture and ceramics. The building is worth a trip in itself as it is was once a 14th century Gothic hospital and is decorated with Gothic mosaics.
The Museu Romantic shows the lifestyle of wealthy Sitges families in the 18th and 19th centuries.