Cultural visits

Cultural visits

The cultural offer of Sitges is wide and varied and can be enjoyed there throughout the year. Whether you are fond of architecture, or prefer to visit museums or art galleries, in Sitges there are multiple alternatives that will keep you occupied for as many hours as you want. If, however, you prefer theater or cinema, you will also have several possibilities (in addition to the famous Sitges Film Festival, of course), mainly in the mythical cinemas of the Casino Prado Suburense or the Retiro. Nightclubs, bars and nightclubs spread throughout the town are also part of the culture and tradition of Sitges, and complete the range of activities you can find during your stay at any time of year.

Sitges Town Hall organizes regular cultural routes through the streets of the town, which make it easy for visitors to get to know the many architectural gems that are hidden in them, and to learn about the history of the town. Some of these routes are:
This tour takes visitors to the workshops of four painters working in Sitges (Blanca de Nicolás, Carmen Nicolás, Manuel Blesa and Núria Corretgé) Who explain in person their technique, concerns and sources of inspiration, as well as some anecdotes that enliven the visit.
Some Sitgettians had to emigrate to America in search of fortune. On their return to Sitges, in the late nineteenth century, they invested much of their savings in the construction of colonial-style mansions. There are more than 80 exponents of this architecture such as those that can be seen walking the streets of Francesc Gumà, Cuba Island or the Paseo de la Ribera.
Without a doubt, following this route is the best way to discover the origins of Sitges. From the old wall that surrounded the village (visible in the oldest street in Sitges, Calle d'en Bosc), to the fishing houses of more modern times, passing by the impressive canyons that defended the bastions, the visitor is discovering Elements of the history of Sitges he had not imagined.
Due to the urbanization of the Terramar area (first project of the garden city of Catalonia), inaugurated shortly before the Spanish Civil War, Sitges became one Of the main centers of New Catalan architecture. There are many holiday homes, among which are some of the ones built on the Paseo Marítimo.
However, one of the cultural highlights By its relation with Modernism, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. La Blanca Subur, and especially its Cau Ferrat - the home of the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol today turned into a museum - were a hundred years ago the meeting point of intellectuals and artists, who turned the population into the spiritual capital of Catalan Modernism . Inside this museum and the Maricel Palace are characteristic exponents of that era and its total art, such as painting, music or collecting. Some of the buildings with modernist elements of Sitges are the Villa Remei, the House Bartomeu Carbonell i Mussons with its "clock tower" on the Cap de la Vila, the monument to the Greco or the House Josep Miravent i Gatell.
Among the museums in Sitges is the aforementioned Cau Ferrat Museum, with works by Rusiñol, Ramón Casas, Zuloaga, Picasso and El Greco. However, there are other museums worth visiting, such as:
Located in an old (already refurbished) 14th century hospital, there is the collection of Dr. Pérez-Rosales, with Romanesque and Gothic. The Visitors can also see murals by Josep Maria Sert or a marine collection of Emergency Roig, as well as the famous Pinacoteca de Arte Moderno with works by Rusiñol, Casas, Utrillo, Pruna, etc.
Located in a 19th century house, residence of the Llopis family, it allows to know the way of life of a family of owners who lived its splendor in the time of romanticism. In addition, in this museum one of the best collections of old dolls of Europe, the collection of Lola Anglada, with more than 400 copies of different countries can be seen.
This is a museum of contemporary art, inaugurated in Sitges in 2011. With a collection of over 70 works by 60 contemporary artists from 21 countries, the center presents a significant tour of art from the sixties of the twentieth century Up to the present time.
In addition to these museums, several art galleries are concentrated in the center of the town, and in them can be seen and acquired works of many artistic styles. In short, a wide cultural offer that makes Sitges much more than a beach town.