Sitges travel guide of a little Spanish town
The windswept beaches and golden rays make you fall in love instantly. The streets are narrow lined with quaint houses all covered in mosaic patterns, looking up you see washing hanging above you, strung between buildings sailing in the wind. The people are warm, an effortless smile to any passer-by. Dogs are everywhere and are welcome everywhere, their playful barks echo through the square. This was not my first time in Sitges, far from it actually but every time I revisit it feels like the first time. I’ve never been to a more crazy place that is so calming. One of Spain's many wonders is the people that live there. They’re a fascinating bunch who sleep during the day and party all night, every night of the week. For my 21st birthday this year I wanted to go somewhere special and after looking into a lot of places I decided that Sitges was the best option.
I’ve travelled to Sitges on many different occasions but I feel like I never fully experienced what it had to offer mainly because I was a bit too young on previous trips. Luckily for me, I have family and friends in the area and so my 21st was such a beautiful night with the best people. We headed to a bar on a cliff looking over the ocean while sipping on Pina Colada and Mojitos and then headed down to a restaurant with three different kitchens. They were an Argentinian Grill House, Japanese Sushi and an Italian Restaurant. Naturally, I went for the sushi and everyone else went for steaks. Dare to be different right?! Then to my surprise, the most beautiful cake I have ever seen appeared and was specially made by our friend Marie and decorated by my mum. It was such a special night.
The rest of the trip we spent walking around the narrow Spanish streets, dazzling with mosaic and dripping with stories that the only the old walls know. We ate breakfast at our favourite spot overlooking the ocean every morning and ate tapas for lunch until we tried nearly everything. At night we ventured to the many rooftop and underground bars and made friends with people from all over the globe and ate dinner while the waves slowly rolled in the background. It was a magical ten days and it was hard to leave behind.
Where to eat
The food is literally to die for and deciding where to eat is the hardest decision you’ll have to make. Between tapas and a proper Spanish restaurant, there are endless choices, so I prefer to narrow it down by location.
The pier is a small hub spot where locals reside in the afternoon sunshine, a glass of wine in hand surrounded by friends. It’s a beautiful location if you’re wanting a nice view of yachts while you dine. At the pier, you have two choices, either to sit in the newly built open air of the restaurant next to the water or inside the restaurant on the other side of the road.
The next location is beachfront, walking up and down there you are bound to find something that takes your interest. It is lined with every cuisine and some funky new places with names of dishes I can’t even pronounce. So it must be good right?
The town centre is the last place I will recommend, its vibe is undeniable with people everywhere and restaurants aplenty. You will be moving around following the sound of the music and end up eating in 4 different places.
My fav spots for every time of the day:
Breakfast: PICNIC - restaurantpicnic.com
What can I say about this absolute gem other than I think it’s the best breakfast spot in town. With the crashing of the water right next to you and the splashing of the beachgoers you can enjoy a very affordable breakfast on the terrace of PICNIC. It is close to the centre of town and a short walk away from the main beach of Sitges. The breakfast menu is simple but delicious, I ate the mushroom and scrambled eggs with toast every morning and my partner had the full English breakfast. Each meal comes with a coffee and fresh orange juice or your choice of alcohol if you’re in the mood at 9 am. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were all very friendly and helpful even if we couldn’t speak to each other fully. PICNIC also has an amazing selection of tapas to enjoy and doubles as a restaurant and bar at night.
Lunch: Eguzki Lizarran Tapas - lizarran.es
This has been my favourite Tapas place for years and I couldn’t wait to come back. The tapas selection is so unique and absolutely to die for. As soon as you walk in it looks like a bar full of food, you grab a plate and take your pick. If you hear a bell while you’re eating that means that some fresh hot food is on its way, it will usually be carried around to each table so you have first pick and then placed up onto the bar. My favourite hot food is the Spanish sausage with bread, I can’t even explain how good it is! Eguzki is located down a small side street from the centre of town and looks like a bit of a hole in the wall at first glance but once you venture inside I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Drinks and relax: Vivero Beach Club - elviverositges.com
Vivero is so dreamy, I love coming here and sitting on the lounge chairs overlooking the ocean while sipping on a fresh Pina Colada. It is located on a cliff, past the beautiful church and has to be one of the most picturesque places in the city. It is cut into 3 levels with a cafe on top, a bar in the middle and a restaurant below with glass windows looking straight down the cliff onto the water. During the day you can sunbathe on the bar deck and eat tapas food and drink fresh cocktails and you can bet that’s exactly what I did. There is also access down to the water from there so if you get too hot you can have a quick dip in the ocean and head back up to the deck where a cool shower and drink awaits you. If you’re staying in the centre it’s a bit of a walk to get here but I promise it will be worth it.
Dinner: Restaurant Can Laury - canlaury.com
We ventured over to Can Laury on the pier due to a recommendation from a friend that they had the best Paella and I have to agree. We shared a 3 person paella and it was more than enough. I even managed to squeeze in a slice of chocolate cake after because I couldn’t resist. It’s one of the first restaurants you see when entering the pier and it most defiantly stood up to its reputation. The service was very good and the food was as well. I expected it to be a lot pricer because we were eating on the water and looking at million euro yachts but it was very reasonably priced and you got more than what you paid for in the Paella. We also shared a jug of yummy sangria with our meal. This was my first time at this restaurant and I would go back next time I am in Sitges. Defiantly worth going to for their Paella.
After Dinner Drinks: El Gin Tub - elgintub.com
Push through the door from the street and walk down the staircase into the heart of Gin Tub. A cool bar with a live DJ or band and most importantly a metal tub that you can sit in while sipping on your drink. The menu does not disappoint with cool twists on normal cocktails but it doesn’t stop there. If you are feeling god order yourself the bathtub, a concoction of alcohol in a little bathtub with a floating duck to top it off and the best part you get to take the bathtub as a souvenir. After a few drinks, the brave people might tempt fate and order a particular cocktail which will score you a free tattoo, sounds like a great idea in a bar right?! This place has the best vibe and pretty much anything goes! It’s worth checking out.
Things to do and see in Sitges:
Museu de Maricel
This is an eclectic museum showcasing works across 10 centuries in a former seaside residence. There are an array of works showcased here including Rodin and Picasso amongst some others. I loved seeing the old paintings of Sitges and how it has evolved and grown. It is right on the edge of the ocean so while you walk through the blue is a lovely and real backdrop. The building on the outside is architecturally beautiful and the inside is dressed to match. It’s a great way to learn about the local history, there is an app you can download for Sitges Museums that will give you a self-guided audio tour through some of the exhibitions if you wish to know more about what you’re seeing. The entrance is €10 and is worth a visit if you like history and want to do something other than sitting on the beach.
Rent a beach hut for the day and chill out at Platja de l’Estanyol
Talking about just sitting on the beach, that can be a lot of fun too. Little beach huts and sun chairs are dotted along every beach and you can hire them for the day at a fairly low price. I would go to the beach Platja de l’Estanyol as it is a bit further up from the main beaches, fewer crowds and the little beach huts seem much nicer. This can be a relaxing day sitting, swimming, sunbathing and reading in the relaxation of your hut. There is a bar on the beach where you can buy drinks and food so you don’t have to venture far, everything is there for you. If you want to zen out, even more, they offer massages on the beach too which can be a very relaxing experience, the waves crashing on the shore while all of your stress is melting away. I would suggest checking out all the beaches and the varying prices of the beach huts and pick one that is within the budget that you like, that way you’ll enjoy it more.
Parasailing - Water Front Sitges
If you are an adventurous type and sitting on the beach doesn’t give you an adrenaline rush then Parasailing is for you. Head down to the waterfront in Sitges and book your spot in. Fly high above the crowds of people at the beach and feel the ocean breeze while you float closer to the clouds. I am booking myself in for this on my next trip as it looks like so much fun. If you don’t feel like doing it alone you can go with your partner or friend which I think would be a super cool experience. If you’ve tried it before comment below how it was!
Walkthrough the streets and explore
This seems like a pretty obvious thing to do but so many tourists miss the best places because they stay on the main streets. Walkthrough the maze of streets in the city and get lost, don’t worry every street either leads back into the centre or to the beach so you won’t need rescuing if you don’t know where you are. Explore the boutique stores and find unique Spanish designs that you won’t find anywhere else. Eat from the local hang out spots and look up at the quaint apartments set high above your head. Listen for the music in the streets and let it be your guide as you immerse yourself completely in the city. It’s a beautiful place with so many things to see and I am still discovering new spots every trip.
Close by places worth visiting:
I had such an amazing trip to Sitges and I could write pages and pages about what to do and see. These are some of my top recommendations, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and let me know if you visit any of them. If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona you can always make a day trip to Sitges but I guarantee you’ll want to stay.
Enjoy your summer and travels!
Adiós Jordan x