Located between the Garraf Massif and the sea, and about an hour southwest of Barcelona, in Catalonia, is a town called Sitges. This beautiful place features breathtaking ocean views, many local shops and small markets, and the nicest people around. With 300 days of sunshine all year, there's a reason why everyone is so happy here.
We were only about to spend a night in Sitges on our trip with FinnAir, however, a night was enough to fall in love with the architecture and cozy streets. While we didn't have enough time to truly experience Sitges, we did get to discover a few gems that we highly suggest you visit when you're in town.
1. Coffee Shops
As soon as morning hit, KSOLE and I checked out of our hotel and headed straight into town to find a coffee spot. It wasn't long before we stumbled upon Local, a coffee and tea shop on the main street. With two of the cutest dogs greeting you upon entrance, the décor and ambience encourages customers to sip slowly and really enjoy the time you have there.
While I was craving a latte, I ended up opting for a hot almond milk with cinnamon and KSOLE had an espresso. Be aware that the drinks are served extremely hot, as I had to ask for ice shortly after burning my tongue (oops). We also ordered toast with marmalade, as we wanted to save as much room as possible for lunch later.
I loved how attentive the shop owner was and also how much he didn't hover. He had the perfect balance of knowing when to check up on us and when to leave us alone. We stayed a little longer than expected, taking in the fact that this beautiful town existed.
2. Shopping in Town
There is one main street in Sitges, where all the shops, markets, and restaurants are located. Therefore, you cannot get lost and you can find everything you need on that main street.
We spent about two hours walking along this street, discovering local boutiques and taking photos as we made our way towards the beach. The buildings in Sitges are gorgeous and every place we went by was a photo opportunity waiting to happen.
Make sure to pass by the church to enjoy the ocean breeze, there was a wedding occurring when we were passing by so we couldn't go inside, but I could only imagine how beautiful it must be.
3. Lunch by the Ocean
There is one restaurant in Sitges that has a great ocean view and yes, they serve paella. In fact, Vivero is the only beach club restaurant in town. From the friendly staff members to the calming sounds of the sea, you will not regret spending a few hours here during your afternoon.
What I recommend is the tomato bread, tuna tartare, mussels, clam pasta, and of course, the paella. Come hungry, in fact, I would save my entire appetite for Vivero because you will be full for the rest of the day.
When in Sitges, you can't miss the beach. Spend the day tanning amongst great company, while soaking in the endless sunshine since sunset isn't until 9:30PM or so. We stopped by the beach for a quick view during our exploration of the town.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to enjoy it but it is on my list of things to do whenever I return. Oh and remember, you're in Europe so it is a topless beach.
5. Bodegas Torres
If wine tasting in Spain isn't on your list, it should be. Bodegas Torres is absolutely beautiful and has one of the best tasting red wines I've had.
Our group was given a private tour around the property, exploring the vineyards and checking out where the goods are stored. We had a great guide who was extremely knowledgable of the history of the Torres family and the wines offered.
After the tour, we were treated to Mas La Plana 2013, which was quickly devoured by all of us and left us wanting more. I'm secretly hoping a bottle of it will show up on my doorstep someday.
Thank you to the staff at Bodegas Torres for the tour!
Photography by KSOLE
A day and a half in Sitges was certainly not enough but I am glad we were able to experience all the above in the short amount of time. Sitges is certainly a must visit on your itinerary if you are headed to Europe, especially Spain. You'll fall in love with every inch of it.
This trip was sponsored by FinnAir and the tourism board of Spain/Catalonia, however all opinions stated are 100% of my own.
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