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We couldn’t start this list without mentioning Sitges, which today, on its own merits, has become a classic on the Mediterranean coast. A focal point for cultural, artistic and leisure activities, Sitges has numerous celebrations throughout the year (such as the Sitges Carnival, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia or Sitges Pride, among others), which makes its atmosphere very lively and always full of life. And of course, we can not overlook its history (in this post we tell you the history of Sitges).
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Second on our list is Vilanova i la Geltrú. Capital of the Garraf region and with about 66 thousand inhabitants, Vilanova i la Geltrú is less than 20 minutes from Sitges. The city has several leisure and cultural attractions, such as the day of Sant Antoni (January 17), when the Festa Major d'hivern or dels Tres Tombs takes place. On the other hand, in the month of February takes place the Carnival of Vilanova i la Geltrú, declared a Traditional Festival of National Interest, which also attracts a large number of tourists. And in August, on the 5th, the Festa Major de les Neus de Vilanova i la Geltrú is celebrated: parades, correfocs, gegants and castellers fill the streets of the city.
Vilafranca del Penedès
Our next stop is Vilafranca del Penedés, another charming town near Sitges. Specifically, Vilafranca del Penedés is located about 25 minutes from Sitges, although in this case we have to leave the coast and head to the interior of the region.
Known for being the wine capital and emblem of the wonderful DO Penedès, Vilafranca offers wine lovers numerous wineries where to taste this drink and quality cuisine. A highly recommended visit is to the winery Familia Torres, with a duration of two hours that offers cheese and wine pairing, and a tour of the vineyard and winery facilities. It is also very interesting to visit VINSEUM (Museum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia), an exhibition with a great history dedicated to wine and vineyards.
And in terms of history, the city has housed various cultures since its birth, at the beginning of the 12th century (medieval, gothic, contemporary, etc.). All of them, with the wine culture present in all kinds of events: architecture, industry and cultural activities.
Sant Pere de Ribes
Known simply as Ribes and just 4 kilometers from Sitges we find Sant Pere de Ribes, a municipality of less than 30 thousand inhabitants north of Sitges and whose landscape already anticipates the main activity of the same: farmhouses, vineyards and small houses in the interior of the Parc del Garraf, plus a small stretch of coastline.
Its location in the heart of Parc del Garraf makes Sant Pere de Ribes, a place surrounded by beautiful landscapes to explore nature, with hiking trails and panoramic views. Starting from the center of Ribes we can reach, for example, the puig Montgròs which, with 358 meters, is the highest peak in the region.
We can find all the information of the municipality on the official website of Sant Pere de Ribes.
And we finish our tour of these charming towns near Sitges with Olivella, a small municipality of less than 4000 inhabitants, about 15 kilometers from Sitges, surrounded by forests and vineyards and which is also the gateway to the Garraf Natural Park.
Olivella is a charming destination where you can also visit some wineries where you can taste quality wines. It also has many places of interest such as the old town with narrow streets and medieval charm or the Church of Santa Maria, one of the most emblematic buildings. As for its gastronomy, we can find traditional Catalan dishes such as xatonada, escudella or cargols a la llauna.
You can find more information on Olivella's website.
Accommodations in Sitges
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