Sitges has plenty to offer visitors, with a vast array of family-friendly activities, an extensive choice of beaches, and some of the best restaurants in the region. Nevertheless, some visitors will want to go beyond Sitges and discover the beautiful places which can be visited in a day and offer a more in-depth insight into the beautiful region of Catalunya. We have prepared this guide to our favourite Top Five Day Trips from Sitges.
A visit to the vibrant metropolis of Barcelona city centre is a must, given that one of the major advantages of a holiday in Sitges is that this beautiful and vibrant city is within easy reach. It is only 40km away and is easily accessible from Sitges by private transfer, car, bus, or train. It is one of the most beautiful and engaging cities in Europe, and there are an endless number of attractions to keep everyone happy.
Getting to Barcelona city centre
Some guests know exactly where they want to go and what they want to see – our Guest Relations team (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be delighted to organize a transfer directly to your drop-off point in Barcelona. A transfer will take you door-to-door; you can make multiple stops in the city and then get brought straight back to your villa.
If you would like to make your own way there, then check out our guide to get from Sitges to Barcelona for all the travel options to the city. We cover the easiest way to get from Sitges to Barcelona city centre by train, car, bus and taxi.
Getting your Bearings
If it’s your first time in Barcelona, you are in for a treat – it is an architecturally mind-blowing city, and it packs a lot of beauty into a relatively small area. There are a few ways
If you like to explore the sights in cities on your own, we recommend starting at the Casa Batllo or affectionately known as Guadis “House of Bones”. This is located on the beautiful tree-lined street of Passeig de Gracia. There is also a train directly from Sitges to Passeig de Gracia, so it is a convenient place to start. The next stop should be the La Boqueria Market (see below), and then a few streets over, you can get yourself lost in the thin winding streets of the Gothic Quarter. It is filled with little boutiques, delicious restaurants and stunning medieval architecture.
There are many options for a guided tour around Barcelona, such as on bikes, scooters and buses. To choose your excursion and organise advance reservations, contact our Guest Relations team.
An easy way to get a first overview of the city centre is with the hop-on-hop-off open-top bus tour. A great way to save on energy yet you see many of the sights up close. You decide where to explore more intensely, and tickets are valid for 48 hours. You can buy your hop-on-hop-off bus tickets online here
Must see Attractions in Barcelona city centre
This is a microcosm of Spain reflecting life in the country in an open-air, traffic-free precinct with shops, bars, plazas, and replicas of various parts of the country.
This is a must-see! Make sure you carve out at least two hours to spend in this magnificent building. It is always busy and quite tricky to get tickets, so make sure you buy your tickets online at least two to three days before you want to vist. If you are not lucky enough to get tickets, you can get last minute tickets though one of the many tours or excursions that are on offer. If you don’t want to invest too much time on this visit, the bus tour always does a drive-by and has a short stop and explains some of the most interesting facts.
Gaudi’s other buildings
If you are a Gaudi fan, you will be delighted to see both Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo on Paseo de Gracia. The bus tours will take you past the buildings, and you can jump off and visit them if you have time. We also recommend Park Guell, another Gaudi masterpiece.
Food and Food Markets
Who doesn’t like a good food market? The Boqueria market or the Santa Caterina Market is worth a visit. There is no better way to feel the heart of a Spanish town or city than through its markets. For info on food and clothing markets around Sitges check out our guide to Markets around Sitges here.
This culinary audio tour is fabulous if you want to eat your way around the Born. It only takes 40 minutes and is a cheap and easy way to get some interesting historical facts while popping into some great eateries.
It’s impossible to mention Barcelona without thinking ‘Football’ so if you and yours love Messi or Alba and all things football-related, you will love the tour at the stadium where the magic happens.
You can visit the stadium for a match, or take the Camp Nou Museum and Tour.
Other Barcelona favorites for your Day Trip
Take a short trip to the Amusement Park at Tibidabo,
See a concert at the polemic & beautiful El Palau de la Musica,
Museums in Barcelona
There are plenty of museums in Barcelona and so if it’s too hot on the street take to the air-conditioned interiors of your selected museum.
Our top four options would be:
The Picasso Museum, Carrer Montcada 15-23
The Picasso museum is a focal point for anyone wishing to understand Pablo Picasso. He is considered an artistic genius of his time, and his spirit can be appreciated through 4,251 works on display in this permanent collection.
Fundacio Joan Miro, Parc Montjuic
A colorful celebration of Miro’s art located in possibly the best building in the world. Like much of Barcelona art and architecture meet in a large building housing a massive collection of works.
This museum is the home of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Quite a surreal experience and maybe not for everyone but if you like to feel a city through its contemporary art, this is the place to do it. It has numerous exhibitions & shows which change regularly.
Tip for your visit to Barcelona: Plan and buy your tickets online to avoid disappointment & queues. Check out our recommendations for the best food and restaurant options when you visit Barcelona!
Montserrat has a special place; both historical and spiritual, in Catalan identity. It is popular amongst pilgrims, hikers, and tourists looking for a great day out. Kids love its dragonlike form and will happily go along to ‘climb the dragon’s back’ if you need to motivate them.
The serrated peaks are like no other mountain and legend says that Angels descended from the sky with a golden saw to create a throne for the Virgin Mary.
Apparently during World War II Himmler visited Montserrat in search of the Holy Grail. We don’t promise you the Holy Grail but believe you will have a great day out!
The history of the Montserrat monastery dates back to 888; however, what you see of the monastery today is a reconstruction as Napoleon largely destroyed it at the start of the 19th century.
Getting to Montserrat
There is usually plenty of parking at the Monestary or else you can take a train from Sitges to the nearby town of Monistrol de Montserrat. From there you can jump in the cable car or take the rack railway up to the top. The views along the way are outstanding.
The Black Virgin of Montserrat is located in the Basilica, and while the Basilica is very lovely, it isn’t worth the lengthy queues that can develop unless you have a specific religious reason to do so. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary & her son may have healing powers.
If you are fortunate you may be rewarded by hearing The choir of Montserrat Escolania – they post the dates they will sing at Montserrat on this website.
The Santa Cova funicular
When you visit Montserrat we recommend that you take the funicular train. This will connect you with the trail to the Santa Cova Chapel. This route is a short route of just under 1 hour and worth it just to breathe in the fresh air and soak up the countryside.
The highest peak of Montserrat is Sant Jeroni – many nature lovers walk the mountain by night to enjoy the sunrise in the morning. It takes about 2 hours to get there but is a tricky path in parts.
If you wish to hike the mountain, we recommend reviewing this hiking guide of Montserrat for all the info you might need on routes and levels.
Tip for visiting Montserrat: go early when it is cooler. If you plan to hike, bring plenty of water and sun cream. Also, the restaurant is average and gets quite busy – you may want to consider bringing a picnic.
3. Tarragona and the Roman Ruins
Most people visiting Tarragona (60kms down the coast) go for the Roman archaeological sites or PortAventura Theme Park, but there’s plenty more on offer in this Mediterranean coastal town.
You can get a good taste of the town and visit some of the Roman ruins in a day, but if you want to take in all the archaeological sites, you will want more time.
The Tarragona Aqueduct (The Devil’s Bridge)
This is just 5 minutes before you hit the town of Tarragona and in a pinewood valley. It has 36 arches and is well worth a stop on the way into town.
Tarragona Amphitheatre and the Roman Walls
To get a proper taste of the Roman ruins, we recommend a trip to the Tarragona Amphitheatre and the Roman walls. The setting of the amphitheater alone is magnificent. Carved into stone, it isn’t difficult to imagine the antics of gladiators in times gone by. The fact that it has a Mediterranean backdrop adds to the aesthetic beauty of the place.
The Tarragona Cathedral
This is in the center of the town and surrounded by restaurants and shops, making it a great stop spot for everyone. This is a great place to appreciate more Gothic architecture.
The National Archaeological Museum
If you don’t want to visit the Roman ruins themselves, the great idea is to visit the National Archaeological Museum. Most of the items that were discovered at the digs are on display here and include ceramics, household items, coins, and clothes.
Just wandering around the old Parte Alta of Tarragona is an activity to enjoy for an hour or so. Beautiful patios and gothic houses mixed with Roman walls and stonework. There are many plazas to enjoys a drink and a tapa.
If you visit in winter – between November and early spring, you really ought to try calçots. These vegetables are best described as a mix between an onion and a leak and are served roasted with a romesco sauce made with garlic and almonds. If you can join a “Calçotada” even better and Tarragona is famous for them, – large groups get together in the countryside to eat calçots and drink wine from pitchers.
4. Wine Tasting in the Penedes wine region
“WINE comes in at the mouth. And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and sigh.” WB Yeats
Catalunya has several famous wine-growing areas including Priorat, Montsant, and Penedes, to name the three best known. Many people are not aware that Sitges is very close to the Penedes wine region and its many wineries.
A great way to discover the countryside and taste some of the local wines is by taking a tour of your preferred vineyard. In the Penedes wine region alone there are about 180 cellars and 2,500 wine farms. All within a 30-minute drive of Sitges surrounding the town of Vilafranca del Penedes. Most of the vineyards do half-day tours. You will spend some time learning about penedes wine, the varietals and the region in general. Of course it would not be complete without a taste of their finest wines.
Best Known Vineyards
Just 30 minutes from Sitges, this is the home of the famous Freixenet Cava. This is a particularly exciting tour to do with children as they have specific tours catering to their needs and questions. This is a well-priced tour, but it is essential to book in advance to get your spot.
30 Minutes from your Sitges holiday home, you have the Caves Freixenet, which produces the famous Freixenet cava. There is a ‘Visit Freixenet with a kids’ wine tour, which is excellent value, but you must book beforehand.
Also, just 30 minutes driving from Sitges town is the vineyard of Codorniu. Fans of modernist architecture will be particularly happy to see the buildings of the famous architect Cadafalch.
A visit here will include a tour of the winery itself, an audio-visual tour, and a history of the Codormiu family. This vineyard also caters to kids; however, you will need to let them know in advance that they are coming.
Torres has by far the largest and the best-known vineyard in Cataluyna exporting to 140 countries worldwide. It is, in fact, the largest winery in Spain. Since 1870 the Torres family also run various vineyards beyond Penedes including DO Toro Jumilla, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Rioja. They also have wineries in Chile and California. The Torres wine tour will appeal to experts given their impact on enology throughout the world. It is very reasonably priced at 15 euros and includes a visit to various cellars, the vineyard itself, and, of course, wine tasting
Smaller Vineyards in the Penedes region
Smaller vineyards are worth visiting as you will receive a more personalized tour usually by the family running the vineyard.
Pares Balta is one of our favorites which produces ecological and biodynamic wine.
Another that we strongly recommend a visit to is Jean Leon Vineyard. An eccentric Spanish / American who arrived in the área in the 60s and has an exciting winery to visit. One man’s determination to follow his passion!
For more info on wine tours and wineries in the region, speak to our email@example.com. They can also day trips from Sitges that pick you up at your villa and take you to your wine tours.
Utopia Tip when visiting the wine region: There are some fabulous places for lunch but we recommend Cava & Hotel Mastinell. A beautifully architected hotel and restaurant, the views are breathtaking across the vineyards. You will get a 3 course Michelin quality meal during the week for a very reasonable price.
PortAventura is Europe’s largest theme park & water park. It is located just outside Tarragona, and while you will need two days to do everything, you can still have a great day out on a 1-day visit.
In reality, PortAventura is 3 Parks: the central PortAventura Park with its six distinct areas, the Caribe Aquatic Park, and newly opened Ferrari Land.
Thrill-seekers will not be disappointed with the rides, and smaller kids will find their place in the Sesame Street area of the central park.
Apart from rides, there are countless indoor, and outdoor shows, and characters make appearances to meet & greet and sometimes dance around the precinct of the central park.
Top Tip for PortAventura: if you are going for a day buy the Fastrack tickets which will allow you to skip the queue at the big rides once and sit in the front row.
Opening Times: 10:00 – 20:00 (closed 07 January – 21 March)
If you are looking for outdoor activities while in Sitges, have a read of our article on Sports and Leisure around Stiges.
Again for more info, contact Guestfirstname.lastname@example.org who can assist with organizing any of these fun day trips. Including transfers, tickets, and general organization.