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Barcelona with Qatar Airways – Sitges

Barcelona with Qatar Airways – Sitges
The Point - the most iconic landmark in Sitges

The Point – the most iconic landmark in Sitges

Sitges is a lovely Mediterranean coastal town, a seaside resort some 35km southwest of Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain. During my trip to Barcelona earlier this year, I visited Sitges for a day trip, taking a train there.

The coast and a mermaid statue

The coast and a mermaid statue

The beautiful sea

The beautiful sea

The gorgeous beach

The gorgeous beach

A stroll by the beach

A stroll by the beach

The vibrant beach in Sitges

The vibrant beach in Sitges

It takes about 35 minutes to get to Sitges via the Barcelona Ave High-Speed train station. There are said to be 300 sunny days per year in Sitges, 26 beaches, 3 marina, 5 museums, one nature reserve and one golf course, with over 1,900 camping spaces, 29,000 inhabitants of 90 different nationalities, over 400 restaurants and shops, as well as 50 events yearly.

Waiting for our train to Sitges from Barcelona

Waiting for our train to Sitges from Barcelona

Sitges station

Sitges station

The beaches are beautiful at Sitges and there are plenty of attractions there. It is recognised as one of the most charming towns along the Catalan coast. Apparently, it also has one of the most vibrant and hippest gay scenes on the coast, so LGBT travelers will probably dig Sitges. I did notice many of the shops and establishments in Sitges have the rainbow flag hanging outside.

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The port in Sitges, Port Ginesta has become the largest marina in Catalonia and is located at the foot of Garraf Massif. For a small town, there is a lot to see in Sitges.

Walking along the streets of Sitges, there is an old world small town feel, bustling with recreational activities:

Interesting architecture

Interesting architecture

Everywhere, the buildings have an old world feel

Everywhere, the buildings have an old world feel

Church

Church

Arthouse cinema

Arthouse cinema

Films that are showing

Films that are showing

Concert poster, promotional posters

Concert poster, promotional posters

Cooking class for kids

Cooking class for kids

Restaurant selling Japanese tapas

Restaurant selling Japanese tapas

Cakes and catering

Cakes and catering

Small shopping mall

Small shopping mall

Cakes and pastries

Cakes and pastries

Awards won by the street for beautiful flower displays

Awards won by the street for beautiful flower displays

Masks shop

Masks shop

Tea shop

Tea shop

Household wares shop

Household wares shop

Cartoon character easter eggs, including Dragonball

Cartoon character easter eggs, including Dragonball

Chocolate eggs

Chocolate eggs

Chocolate bunnies

Chocolate bunnies

There was an art fair in Sitges when we were there and I went to check out some of the art pieces:

Fira d'Art

Fira d’Art

A blacksmith molding swords

A blacksmith molding swords

Boats and yachts

Boats and yachts

Family themed

Family themed

Brightly coloured

Brightly coloured

Interested buyer

Interested buyer

Browsing

Browsing

Asian theme

Asian theme

Wood pyrography art

Wood pyrography art

An artist with her works

An artist with her works

Pop culture

Pop culture

Strong contrast

Strong contrast

Strong colours

Strong colours

Contemporary artworks

Contemporary artworks

One of the key historical site and attraction in Sitges is Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla. You can’t miss it – it’s the large, towering structure by the beach, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, where all activities revolve around.

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The name in English translates as “Church of St. Barthlomew and St. Tecla”. Locals sometime refer to it as simply “La Punta” or “The Point”. Although a church has existed since medieval times on the same site, the present building was constructed relatively recently in the 17th Century, but retains two Gothic tombs from its previous incarnation, and also boasts an impressive organ and Renaissance-era altarpiece.

As Catholicism has dwindled in recent times, the parish church has lost some of its civic significance but it is still a popular wedding site and a great place to explore for visitors:

The Point from a distance

The Point from a distance

A cannon atop the Point

A cannon atop the Point

View of the beach area from atop the Point

View of the beach area from atop the Point

Some paintings left to dry outside

Some paintings left to dry outside

View of the tower

View of the tower

View of the sea, with someone windsurfing

View of the sea, with someone windsurfing

View of the seaside

View of the seaside

One of many small statues in the vicinity

One of many small statues in the vicinity

Next, we also visited Palau Maricel. The Maricel buildings were constructed between 1910 and 1916 and their construction transformed the face of the old town of Sitges, giving it a distinctive identity that has remained to this day.

Door at the entrance of Palau Marciel

Door at the entrance of Palau Marciel

The entrance

The entrance

The Maricel was the work of two unique men: American industrialist and collector Charles Deering (Paris, Maine, 1852-Miami, 1927) and the engineer and artist Miquel Utrillo i Morlius (Barcelona, 1862-Sitges, 1934).

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The Maricel’s story began in the autumn of 1909, when the painter Ramon Casas introduced Deering to Sitges. The American liked the town so much that he made immediate plans to build a residence in Sitges. Yes, Deering is supremely rich. Casas introduced him to his friend Miquel Utrillo. Utrillo soon became the millionaire’s trusted acquaintance, and in 1910 mediated in the acquisition of the former Hospital de San Juan Bautista that Deering bought from Sitges Council for 40,000 pesetas.

The following year Utrillo oversaw decoration of the property, creating a stately home complete with ornamental elements from different periods and origins. On completion Deering then purchased more houses in the surrounding areas.

Exterior of Palau Marciel

Exterior of Palau Marciel

Beautiful view by the sea

Beautiful view by the sea

Inside Palau Marciel

Inside Palau Marciel

Up the stairs

Up the stairs

As an avid collector, Deering coerced his companion Utrillo to travel throughout the peninsula in search of the relics from religious and civic buildings left in ruins. The items he found were then incorporated into the facades of the Maricel. 

As sudden as he had came into Sitges, one day in 1921, Deering just packed up his bags and the art he had accumulated and left the Maricel, back to the United States. Today, many of the works can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago.

On the “Noble Floor” of the Palau Maricel one can find two rooms of notable beauty: the Golden room and Blue room, each room being decorated uniquely and designed for public use:

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

Rooftop

Rooftop

Area to busk in the sun

Area to busk in the sun

Rooftop garden

Rooftop garden

Lovely aerial view

Lovely aerial view

Many arches

Many arches

Decorative marble tiles behind the arches

Decorative marble tiles behind the arches

The picture tiles

The picture tiles

The blue blue sea view

The blue blue sea view

Glazing out

Glazing out

Sheryl enjoying a sip of wine

Sheryl enjoying a sip of wine

Signature bubbling wine from Sitges

Signature bubbling wine from Sitges

One room to the other

One room to the other

The Golden Room

The Golden Room

Decorated ceiling

Decorated ceiling

A piano room

A piano room

Catholic influence

Catholic influence

Patterned floor tiles

Patterned floor tiles

Golden arches

Golden arches

After the tour, we had dinner at Fragata, a seaside restaurant with a wonderful view and excellent Spanish Mediterranean food:

Sea-facing restaurants and cafes

Sea-facing restaurants and cafes

Fragata restaurant in Sitges

Fragata restaurant in Sitges

Chapata con tomate - extra virgin bread toasted with tomato pulp and extra virgin olive oil

Chapata con tomate – extra virgin bread toasted with tomato pulp and extra virgin olive oil

Anchovies from the cantabrian sea over a parmesan homemade tart with tomato tartar

Anchovies from the cantabrian sea over a parmesan homemade tart with tomato tartar

Tuna carpaccio  with light vinaigrette and mild mustard seeds and scallion

Tuna carpaccio with light vinaigrette and mild mustard seeds and scallion

Grilled small calamari over caramelised onion and smoked olive oil

Grilled small calamari over caramelised onion and smoked olive oil

Fry of king prawns and small squids with romesco sauce and alioli

Fry of king prawns and small squids with romesco sauce and alioli

Grilled scallops with sea urchin emulsion, asparagus, shallots and iberian select ham

Grilled scallops with sea urchin emulsion, asparagus, shallots and iberian select ham

Homemade deconstructed cheesecake with berries and crumbled cookies

Homemade deconstructed cheesecake with berries and crumbled cookies

I love the food, the views, the sights and sounds in Sitges. After the meal, the group of us felt like we could sit there forever and just lazed the day away by the beach.

Writing this post makes me want to fly to Barcelona and visit Sitges again!

To travel to Barcelona from Singapore, do consider flying with Qatar Airways with a stopover at Doha, Qatar at very competitive prices. :)

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