Initially people think of Sitges as a lively gay resort close to Barcelona with a hectic nightlife. They question if it really is family friendly town and a good place for them to take a family holiday.
Nevertheless, once families discover all that Sitges has to offer they tend to come back year after year. William Cook, a journalist with The Guardian Newspaper swears his family won’t holiday anywhere else.
Sitges is friendly and safe for children and has an endless list of activities which could easily rank it as the most family-friendly town in Catalunya.
Family Friendly Sitges
Thankfully, Sitges has been protected from mass tourism. Its meandering streets with an obvious lack of large high-rise buildings may surprise you.
If you don’t like spending all day at the beach there are plenty of family-friendly activities that provide endless fun and entertainment while in Sitges.
Just wandering through its streets and discovering all the coffee shops, boutiques, galleries, art exhibitions, and museums proves to be plenty for some families.
And check out our list of restaurants with some special recommendations for family-friendly dining.
Sitges with kids
The following question comes up and some point on every family holiday.
‘What are we going to do today?’
Utopia Villas has prepared this extensive list of things to do in Sitges with your family…
These activities are bound to keep everyone happy; from the smallest member of the family to the teenagers seeking a bit more adrenaline and autonomy.
Our list below details water sports, entertainment centers, parks, and even Summer camps so that you can keep everyone busy and literally happy in their nappies while on holidays in Sitges.
For younger kids up to 11 years
This Nordic inspired family club offers lots of creativity and fun especially for younger kids. Cookery courses, Summer camps, morning club, dance, indoor make & do and outdoor nature learning activities. Open during Summer months.
This spacious soft play arena is divided into 2 areas: 1000m2 for kids aged 4-10 and then upstairs is a separate area with cafeteria and soft play area for smaller kids 2-3. Located just 5 minutes from Sitges. Closed on Tuesdays. Great for about 60-90 mins
Terramar Gardens – behind the ME Melia hotel, Terramar
The children’s playground area in ‘Los jardines de Terramar’ offers a shaded play area especially good for younger kids.
There is a sound garden and the playground area has a zipline which is a real hit with the kids. There are plenty of spaces to run around, cycle a bike or play football.
The Tourist train, Sitges
This little tram is particularly popular with younger kids and in fact is a great way to get up and down the 2.5km stretch of Promenade in Sitges. Maybe take the train to the end of the Paseo and walk up to the Terramar Gardens to the playground. Take a swim at the sea and the train back up.
One way tickets cost 2,50 euros
Return just 4 euros. Residents of Sitges can avail of discounts of 1,50 per trip.
This train runs from Feb – May at weekends only and from May until the end of September from 9.00 – 00.00
If your little ones have a penchant for trains they will enjoy a couple of hours here. There are more than 50 different types of train to see from electric locomotives, diesel and passenger cars and a replica of the first train that circulated Iberian Peninsula in 1848. Plenty of old train station paraphernalia for photos shots too.
Younger and older kids
This indoor and air conditioned trampoline park is a favourite among kids aged 5 – 12. They say jumping here for 5-8 minutes is the equivalent of running 2 kms so if your kids want to expel some extra energy this is the place to go. Located in Vilanova y La Geltru – 10 mins drive from Sitges on C31
Sitges Mini Golf centre – +34 639 840 894
This small centre has a couple of trampolines, ping pong tables and a mini golf course. It is located on Paseo Vilanova 138, Sitges and is open from 10.00 – 20.00 weekdays and 10:00 – 21:00 Sat/Sun. You can just pop along there but if you are a big group it is best to call ahead and reserve a time. This is a good place also for teenagers as it is located in Sitges town.
This centre is actually a rock-climbing school but allows kids to come and try out their wall climbing facilities. Kids from as young as 4 years can enjoy courses or a trail here. Run by professional climbers – a great experience for those drawn to altitude. Located in Vilafranca – 20 mins drive from Sitges
All ages and Teenagers
Ecomotoextreme is the place to go if you are looking for a family adrenaline buzz. From the very youngest member at 4 years to the eldest will enjoy this 12,000m2 of extreme fun! Located in Sitges close to Quint Mar the excitement is palpable as you choose between Karting, Motocross and Trampolines. There’s also a BBQ restaurant and bar if you decide to make a day of it.
This unique play area in Sitges is bound to keep the kids laughing and talking for years. There’s plenty of activities to choose from and most can be adapted to suit kids from 6 years of age. From Escape Room, Sumo Wrestling, Paintball and bubble soccer. there’s also an informal restaurant with BBQ food which allows you to make a full day out of your trip if you want. Activities are all supervised by monitors and the whole set up ensures serious fun for everyone!
SkatePark – opposite Municipal Swimming Pool
Improvements were made to the SkatePark in 2018 which means kids who can’t stay off wheels have a fantastic place to go. Located just in front of the municipal pool in Poble Sec – older kids will enjoy hanging out here and improving their routine.
Pony Trekking & Riding Classes Vincent (610 442 611)
This riding school is tucked away in a woodland valley at Quint Mar. classes or trekking in the Garraf Parc can be organised with professional monitors. Some of their horses have competed at European Championship level. In summer they also organise Summer camps. The info on the website is a little dated but the school itself is excellent. Check out OSO Pony Summer camp below.
Best for Teenagers & Adults
Room Escape Sitges – book online!
A challenge before dinner – or simply want to test your family’s capability to survive by escaping from Sitges first Escape Room? Using intuition, logic and mental agility do your best to escape as a team. Catering from 2-10 people this escape room can be adapted for kids from 11-15 and is available to all in English, Spanish & Catalan!
Sitges Escape – book online!
Want to get terrified? The Escape Horror Movie and Escape Ship are bound to get you worked up. These 2 inhouse themes cater for groups up to 10 and a mobile version of escape room can be delivered to your villa catering for up to 30 people. English versions available upon request. Min 12 years for Horror Movies. Contact our email@example.com for the mobile version of the game
Water based activities
Of course, visiting Sitges without visiting its beaches is practically unheard of and who doesn’t love an active beach day.
There is a huge variety of beaches to choose from with fun paddle boats, kayaks, banana rides, donut boats and parasailing to choose from.
As a starter we recommend you check out our blog detailing the 17 beaches of Sitges so you can pick the best one for you. While the beaches are safe, it is always a good idea to swim in front of the life guards.
This company operates in Sitges from 21 June until the end of September. There’s no doubt that parasailing over the water in Sitges will give you a unique view and make your holiday that bit more memorable. Flights are approx. 15 mins and you can ride in tandem if you prefer to share the experience.
For younger kids there are banana rides which can be adapted to the age of the user and also Donut boats again which can be adapted to be light or extreme experiences.
Located in front of the church in Sitges, this sailing school is he most active in Sitges town. It offers windsurf, paddle, surfing and sailing classes. It will take a group booking however it is important to book in advance. This school runs a well organized and popular sailing summer camp where kids can sign up to do a 40 hour per week sailing course with lunch included Costs about 285 euros. They also run 10 hour family courses so you can all join in the fun together.
This watersports club is located just in front of the ME Hotel at Terramar. The sea is enclosed in a small bay area making is a perfect place to start learning how to kayak or SUP. Also worth trying are their early morning excursions both on Kayaks and SUPs. This school also offer the options of Summer camps for kids from 9.30 – 13.00 – this is a great option for families who want to observe their kids while they try a new sport as the beach bar at the hotel offers wonderful sun lounges and a very nice beach bar serving snacks and light lunches.
A day sailing – There numerous companies operating out of Sitges with half day and full day excursions. Lunch can be served aboard or you could stop off in Vilanova for fresh seafood lunch in a beautiful restaurant.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make the necessary arrangements for you.
Want to take to the high seas for a couple of hours but without the heavy cost of a skippered sailing boat.
Look no further. From Aiguadolc you can rent a rigid zodiac boat with overhead shade and a nice sofa bed for relaxing. A maximum 4-6 people per boat and you can even bring your lunch or drinks with you if you want… they will supply an ice bucket. This is a great way to enjoy a quiet time away from the crowded beaches!!! Also good if you want to try some fishing off the coast.
If you book through Utopia Villas Concierge you will also get a free drink upon your return and a nice discount in one of the restaurants in the Port of Aiguadolc.
Wibit’s wonderful colourful inflatables are easy to find on the seafront in Sitges. This temporary obstacle course floats on water between Sausalito and Terrmar beaches during July & August. A fixed fee will allow adults and kids to test their balance and agility and is probably better suited to older kids – 7 – 16 years.
Full Day out with a bit of travel – Theme Parks – all ages
This is a 40 minute drive from Sitges but definitely worth it Def the best for tree top adventure.
This is the largest forest zip-line adventure park on the coast. Older kids in particular love the challenge of 11 courses to choose from and 130 different challenges.
Caters from 4+ years onwards
Port Aventura one of Europe’s largest theme parks & water parks located just outside Tarragona. It is possible to buy passes for more than one day. With its themed hotels, water rides, the biggest thempark ride in Europe Shambhala and a kiddies Sesame Barrio, it is sure to have something for everyone and a guaranteed action-packed day out.
If you wish to go only to the Water Park that is fine to – just state your preference when booking
Tel: +34 90 220 2220 Tel UK:+34 97 777 9090
Calafell Adventure Park – 635 24 72 09
For a full day out and a trip down the coast (25 min drive), check out this wonderful park for family adventure in nearby Calafell. High climbing among the treetops, rock climbing walls, Laser Tag and a thematic mini golf park with waterfalls and caves.
Best Summer Camps in Sitges
If you are on an extended stay in Sitges you may want to sign the kids up to a weekly Summer camp. These are typically for a half day 10.00 – 14h or full days 10.00 – 17.00h.
Our best pick for 2019 are the following:
Offer both half day and full day Summer camps. The cost for 5 x full day is 185 euros and they will provide discounts for a group of kids. This school is the best riding school in the area and is very professionally run
Book through Utopia Villas and secure your discount!
This is a great option for skate & surf lovers and is typically geared towards older kids. It straddles both surf and skateboard worlds with 3 days spent on the beach at Aiguadolc learning how to surf, paddle surf and SUP. The other 2 days the kids learn how to skate in the skatepark and using longboard and cruiser skateboards. The kids go to the Municipal pool on the days they skate ensuring that plenty of opportunity to cool down.
This sports club is located in the residential estate of Vallpineda just 7 mins outside Sitges. It has wonderful facilities including a large grassy lawn, tennis courts, padel courts and a large supervised swimming pool. The club runs half day (120 euros) and full day (185 euros) Summer camps which include use of the facilities but also creative workshops, robotic education, lacrosse, various ball games and weekly excursions.
This well established and professionally run sailing clubs offers courses for kids and for families during the Summer. This kids Summer camp includes 40 hour of sailing instruction per week both on and off water.
The kids Summer camp costs about 285 euros.
Club Natacio de Sitges is a well-known and favoured sports club among locals and expats. It has a wonderful multisports Summer Camp which has been running successfully for years and is geared towards all ages. This camp is very much focused on sports including the use of the tennis and pool facilities. Both half day and full day courses are available. Full days include lunch in the on-site restaurant.
And finally some down time….
How about leaving all this activity behind and getting out to Nature?
These excursions are organised in order to explore the Natural World with kids of all ages and with Adults. The excursion can be totally adapted to the level of the group. The focus is on exploration as opposed to long walks and some themes may involve looking for reptiles, finding edible plants, building with natural materials or even drawing. Small private groups with excursions lasting 2 – 2.5 hours.
Time to take a load of? Fancy a movie?
Sit back, munch the popcorn and take a little break at The Sitges Cine Club
If you want to catch a movies while you are here, the best cinema to find movies in original version is in the Casino Prado Suburense on Fransesc Guma
The Prado cinema shows films in the original version (marked as V.O. or V.O.S.E.) every 15 days on Thursdays at 20.30h
Family Photo Shoot
How many holiday snaps do you have on your phone that you never do anything with? They are not quite good enough to blow up and put on the wall at home. We have a fantastic family photographer that we work with that will come to the villa and take the most beautiful photos of your family and friends. A keepsafe for life. Contact email@example.com to book a session in for you.
While we are sure there are still more things to do and more will be added over time, we are pretty sure this list is enough to get you busy around Sitges.
If you are staying in a villa and wish to organise any activity, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org