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SITGES

History


Although there are memories of human presence in the village in the Neolithic and some information about an Iberian settling around the fourth century before Christ, the existence of permanent centres of population is confirmed only in the first Century after Christ. One of these centres was located around the hill of la Punta, where today the city’s most known image, the church of Sant Bertomeu, stands, and the other in the area where we can see now the hermitage of El Vinyet.

In the Middle Ages, life in Sitges was organized around the promontory of the bastion, where the parish church, the cemetery, the hospital, the castle and a reduced group of houses gathered up. All together was surrounded by a first enclosure that connected with the rest of the village by means of a bridge over the Major street. The rest of the village was formed by the streets: the Nou, Tacó and Carreta streets, all leading to the sea and closed by large gates, the de l’Aigua street, also closed by a gate, and the la Devallada street. This gates prove that all the village was fortified by a second wall.

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NEWS


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    SITGES BEARS WEEK 2014: THE "BEAR" WEEK IN SITGES, ON SEPTEMBER

    "Sitges Bears Week" takes place on September 2014 and it is one of the largest and most popular festivals of "Bear" in Europe. It brings more than 5,000 visitors, bears, fans, hunters and many more. The "Bear Village" can be found on the promenade of Sitges, but bears are everywhere and Sitges is transformed into a Bear paradise for 12 days.

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    SITGES MUSIC FESTIVAL

    The June 29 concert concerning the 38th Music Festival Sitges, an issue that will have up to three days of concerts that are shared between June and July began. Starting with Sunday concerts June 29, which will take place in the Raco de la Calma, and continuing for those held on 11 and 20 July, the first in the Raco de la Calma, the second in the Casino Gardens - Prado.

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    SITGES: A REAL ALTERNATIVE TO SLEEP IN BARCELONA

    Barcelona is one of the most important cities not only in the country, also from whole Europe. There are many reasons that can lead to Barcelona: tourism, leisure, business ... in any case, you should take advantage of the proximity of the town of Sitges to sleep and rest of the high rates of the great Catalan capital.

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WHAT TO VISIT


Definitely a walk through the old town makes us aware of the charm of the city with its narrow streets, maintaining the historical aspect of this population, transporting us to pasadas.Aquí times every street leads to the sea Descubriendote that special light that has Sitges and love to modernist painters, who visited the city.

The main monuments to visit are:

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CAN LLOPIS ROMANTIC MUSEUM

"The Romantic Museum is located in a house of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, perfectly preserved, the famous Can Llopis. The museum has the most important collections of antique dolls of the artist and writer Lola Anglada, with more than 400 pieces"

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CAUFERRAT MUSEUM

The museum houses an important collection of works of pottery, wrought iron, archeology, ancient glasses and highlighting above all. An extensive gallery with Rusinyol, Zuloaga, Casas, Utrillo, Picasso and Camarasa works among others, which include two magnificent paintings of Greco.

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MARICEL MUSEUM

The new Maricel Museum. Made by over three thousand pieces of the more diverse source, the collection includes Romanic murals, examples of Gothic panel painting, modernist sculptures ... Since 1995 the Maricel Museum also houses the Sitges Art Villa Collection.

FESTIVALS AND ACTIVITIES


Sitges is a city full of life, and no two equal months as they constantly are being held events, meetings, conventions and sporting events, which are consolidated between the recreational and cultural offerings of the city.

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FEAST OF CORPUS

It is starting to get lost the origin of this holiday, although it is since 1952 when this activity about decorating the streets with flower carpets becomes a contest competing each street to see who decorate the streets, balconies and terraces better. This festival declared First National Festival Artistic Interest ends with the procession of the Blessed Sacrament, together with giants, pubillas and children who have made their First Communion during the year.

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SITGES CARNIVAL

February 7 to 13. One of the world's most famous Carnival takes place usually in February, and its featured acts include: THE ARRIVAL: The arrival of His Majesty Carnestoltes, takes place on Jueves Lardero (Maundy Thursday). RUA DE LA DISBAUXA: It is a parade of floats and takes place on Sunday RUA DEL EXTERMINI: same parade but this time more numerous, takes place on Tuesday. ENTIERRO DE LA SARDINA: It takes place on Wednesday with the Carnestoltes funeral it is declared the Carnival as finished and the Lent begins.

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HOLY WEEK

April 17 to 25. The religious ceremonies of the Holy Week in Sitges begin the morning of Holy Thursday with the Mass and prayers, and at eleven in the morning with the exposure of the steps in the Parish Church. The holy Friday will start with the Via Crucis which will start at eight o'clock in the morning at the Chapel of St. Sebastian. At ten in the evening and from the San Bartolome Parish and Santa Tecla, the procession will start.

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VINTAGE CAR RALLY BARCELONA-SITGES

From 2 to 4 March. Barcelona Sitges vintage car Rally was born in 1959 thanks to an initiative of Foment of the Turisme de Sitges. Sitges rally already is, in traditional manner, one of the most outstanding social events in winter. The output from the plaza Sant Jaume in Barcelona brings together hundreds of people, who admire a few vehicles that are authentic automobile history. It is a declared fiesta of national tourist interest.

USEFUL INFORMATION


Sitges is located on the Mediterranean coast, 35 km south of Barcelona. It has an area of 43.7 km2 and is at an altitude of 10 meters. The villa is located at the southern end of the Garraf Massif, a mountain of limestone which covers an area of 312 km2 and has for many years been a natural barrier between Barcelona and Sitges.

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