Sitges is a one of the jewels of the Mediterranean. A small fishing village just 12 miles southwest of Barcelona, it is a scenic town along the Costa Brava. Sitges was once one of the most important fishing villages on the east coast of Spain. With long beaches, clear waters, a deep history and a newly populated urban center, Sitges has become an important tourist destination. Its unique bay is shielded from the Mediterranean. This feature creates a sort of micro-climate that allows Sitges to remain significantly warmer than even Barcelona.
Things You'll Need
- Barcelona metro map
- Change for toll roads (if driving)
- Travel maps
- Spanish dictionary
Choose your transportation. Whether you're traveling straight to Sitges after arriving at Barcelona's Aeroport del Prat or taking a day trip during your stay in Barcelona, you have four travel options. Though the train is arguably the best option, Sitges is also easily accessible by bus, taxi and rental car.
Take the train from the airport. After arriving at the airport and gathering your baggage, follow the signs to the Train Station. A long moving walkway operates between the two stations; you also can walk on the path under it that goes directly to the station. Get on any of the trains that stop here, but be ready to get off the train at the very next stop, El Prat de Llobregat. From here, catch the train Vilanova G toward Sitges. Watch the lighted signs above the train exit doors for "Sitges." It will take about 20 minutes from El Prat de Llobregat.
Take the train from Barcelona. You can catch the train toward Sitges at Sants Station or Passeig de Gracia. The official RENFE website, accessible in English, can give you an exact timetable of train departures for the day you want to travel.
Take the bus from airport. Take the "Mon Bus," which can be found between terminals A and B. This bus will take you to Sitges (you won't need to change anywhere) and travel time is between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Take the bus from Barcelona Center. Barcelona is crowded with buses, so be sure you are getting on the correct bus. Take the N30. You can catch the N30 from Ronda Universitat or Gran Via. The N30 leaves every hour on the hour until 4 a.m.
Take a taxi from the airport. A taxi to Sitges is the most expensive option. You can easily catch a taxi once you exit the baggage claim. You can try telling your taxi driver your destination, but it will be easier if you have your exact destination written clearly on a sheet of paper. Hand this to your driver before you depart toward Sitges.
Take a taxi from Barcelona Center. You can hail a taxi from just about anywhere in Barcelona, but it will be easier to find one in the center, for example, in Plaza Cataluyna. Hand the driver a sheet of paper with the exact address of your destination. Ask the driver in advance for a price quote so there is no misunderstanding.
Brave the Spanish motorway on your own. You can rent a car from the airport and take either of two routes toward Sitges, the Autopista -- the Motorway -- or Por La Costa -- the coast road. The coast road is a more scenic drive, but will take about twice as long (40 minutes). It's an easy and self explanatory route, but be prepared by printing out directions. Make sure to have change for any toll roads.