Can you imagine a place as beautiful and interesting as Sitges? With its dreamy scenery, replete of gorgeous beaches, an awe-inspiring village, lovely people and a charming collection of museums?
Even if you haven’t heard of Sitges, I can assure you it’s one of those towns with a dreamlike feeling that makes you think about all of those wonderful imaginary places you’ve fantasized about when you needed a well-deserved vacation.
I bet you’ve already got a couple of questions about Sitges, like which are its best beaches? What can I visit while I’m there? And which are those museums you’d mentioned?
Well, some of the beaches you may want to go when you’re in Sitges are: “Platja Les Botigues”, “Cala Ginesta”, “Platja de Garraf”, “Platja Riera de Vallcarca” or “Cala Morisca”. Each one of them with that little bit of something unique that’ll make you feel like living in your very own summer paradise.
The museums you can visit in Sitges are: “Museu del Cau Ferrat”, “Museu de Maricel”, “Museu Romàntic Casa Llopis”, “Fundació Stämpfli Art Contemporani”, “Palau de Maricel” and “Casa Bacardí”.
“Museu del Cau Ferrat” was the home-studio of the artist and writer Santiago Rusiñol, was transformed into a museum in 1933. It contains art collections formed by Rusiñol Pieces, antique art (el Greco) and modern art by Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Enric Clarasó, Mas i Fondevila, Zuloaga, Picasso, and more.
“Museu de Maricel”, located in the old “Hospital de Sant Joan” which was renovated by the artist Miquel Utrillo to become the home of the american art collector and industrialist Charles Deering, has sculpture and antique paintings collections (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and the Baroque period) and also modern ones (Romanticism, Luminism, Modernism and “Noucentisme”) from Dr. Jesús Pérez Rosales and “Vila de Sitges” collections.
“Museu Romàntic Casa Llopis”, with a neoclassic facade from the 18th century and property of the Llopis family (traders, historians and jurists), was left to the “Generalitat de Catalunya” after the death of Manuel Llopis de Casades, the last heir of the family. The house is decorated as a romantic mansion of the 19th century, in its first floor stands out the mural by Pau Rigalt, and its wine cellar it’s known to have been an important “Malvasia de Sitges” producer. The house’s garden is used for cultural activities during the summer and the second floor holds a doll collection by Lola Anglada.
“Fundació Stämpfli Art Contemporani” holds a collection of 60 works from 21 different countries. These works present a unique tour from the 60’s to the present day.
“Palau de Maricel”, the most important building of the “Noucentisme” in Sitges, was built by Miquel Utrillo between 1913 and 1918 to give a home to Charles Deering art collection. In 1935 the “Generalitat de Catalunya” rented the building to expand “Muse del Cau Ferrat”. Years later (1945) would be acquired by the council of the village to form a conceptual artistic unit together with “Museu de Maricel” and Can “Rocamora”
Finally, “Casa Bacardí” is a permanent visit center located in the old “Mercat Vell”, a modernist building in the Old Quarter of Sitges. The reason behind its location its the origin of the founder of the brand, who was born in the village. “Casa Bacardí” offers the opportunity to get to know the history of Sitges and the Barcadí family, at the end of the visit can drink cocktails from the ambassador of the brand and professionals.
Tell me, wouldn’t it be great to visit some of this places? To explore the village and find its treasures? Maybe relax and have fun in its beaches?