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The Ultimate Beach Dilemma: Barcelona or Sitges?

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

View of Sitges Cathedral from La Fragata Beach
Sitges Cathedral of Sant Bartomeu & Sant Tecla

If you're dreaming of soaking up the sun on a Barcelona beach this summer, there's one crucial decision you need to make: Should you stay in Barcelona and take a day trip to Sitges or base yourself in Sitges and venture out to Barcelona? The good news is that there's no wrong answer to this question. However, if you're seeking the ultimate beach resort experience, Sitges has everything you need.

Situated just a short 40-minute train ride from Barcelona's Sants station, Sitges may be a quiet town in the winter, but it comes alive during the summer, attracting hundreds of thousands of beach enthusiasts every year. The fact that it's conveniently located near Barcelona only adds to its appeal.

Sitges boasts over a dozen beaches, catering to various preferences, whether you seek a lively atmosphere, secluded spots, clothing-optional areas, family-friendly beaches, or ones embraced by the LGBTQ+ community. One thing all these beaches have in common is their breathtaking view of Sitges' most iconic landmark: the Church of Saint Bartholomew and Saint Tecla (pictured). Perched atop a coastal hill, this church has silently witnessed the town's events for centuries and serves as a constant reminder of Sitges' rich history.

The site where the church stands today has a long-standing sacred legacy. It was originally home to a Roman temple until the 1300s, when a modest Gothic-style chapel was constructed. Three centuries later, it was replaced by the slightly weathered yet charming Baroque structure that stands proudly today.

While in Sitges, be sure to explore the town's historic old town and take a leisurely stroll along the iconic boardwalk that stretches alongside its famous beaches. From Spain's very first beach bar to the ancient city walls, you'll discover why Sitges has been an artistic hub for centuries, attracting a vibrant and thriving gay population.

Whether you choose to spend your days basking in the lively atmosphere of Barcelona's beaches and embark on a day trip to Sitges or prefer the tranquil allure of Sitges with the option to explore Barcelona, both destinations offer unique experiences that will leave you with cherished memories of your summer getaway.

Plan your beach adventure wisely, considering your preferences, and enjoy the best of what these magnificent coastal towns have to offer.

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