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Shore Excrusions (II): Sitges

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Highlights of Sitges

It´s easy to get the Costa Dourada beaches from Barcelona. The coast earned its name from its broad, golden sands, in contrast to the rocky coves of the Costa Brava to the north. Sitges is the best option for a day trip. It is a short drive from Barcelona by motorway, or a 40 minute train ride from Sants or Passeig de Gracia train stations. Of course there is also a scenic coastal drive that is narrow and curvy which obviously takes longer.
The pretty little town has escaped the high-rises and tawdry atmosphere of many coastal resorts, although it does get somewhat overwhelmed by crowds in summer.

Credit: Turismo en Sitges
The beaches

There are two beaches, separated by a promontory where gleaming, whitewashed houses cluster around the church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla. The biggest and the best beach is Platja d´Or (Golden Beach), backed by a palm-lined promenade and dozens of cafés and restaurants – some of them very good indeed. North of the promontory is Sant Sebastiá beach, smaller and quieter and extremely pleasant.

Three Seaside Museums

Besides the beaches, Sitges is known for its appealing museums.
The Museu Can Ferrat is in the house built by the painter Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931), whose collection works by El Greco, Casas, Picasso and other is on display, along with many of his works.
The Museu Maricel, a splendid house overlooking the sea displays a small collection of Gothic sculpture and paintings, some notable murals by Josep Maria Sert (1876-1945) and the town´s art collection, with paintings by the Romantics, Lumanists and Modernists.
The nearby Museum Romántic displays the furniture and accouterments of a wealthy 19th century family, as well as a large collection of antique dolls, the Lola Anglada collection.

The outskirts of Sitges
Credit: Turismo en Sitges

On the outskirts of Sitges are the villas of wealthy Barceloneses, while the pretty streets between the beach and station are geared for food and fun. Sitges has one of Spain´s largest gay communities, and attracts gay travelers year round, but particularly during the riotous February carnival. Gay and nudist beaches lie a little way beyond the other beaches of the town.


Sources | Dave Meler

Bibliography | Barcelona Pocket guide

Images | Turismo en Sitges

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