WHERE: Sitges, Spain
WHEN: 23 - 24 August 2019
In August, and September, the splendid Sitges shows its most suggestive and animated side, with two extraordinary events dedicated to the patron saints of the city.
August is, without doubt, the crucial period, with the celebrations in honor of Sant Bartomeu, the day 24. The event, better known as the Festa Major of Sitges, takes place during 2 days, with a very rich ceremonial and program. The 21 day, the street cry, that is the opening speech, officially opens the event
Lights, sounds and colors await you throughout the period. Extraordinary parades and processions, including incredible characters, demons and giant heads. So much gstaronomia, as per tradition. And, above all, the incredible pyrotechnic shows, a truly magical moment that will make you stand up, for a very long time.
You will also be able to admire the Moixiganga, a spectacular traditional dance of Sitges, in which scenes of the Passion of Christ are represented.
The Major party of Sitges is an event for adults and children, to discover a fantastic city, and the folklore of a whole country. An opportunity, moreover, to appreciate the Costa Daurada, not only for its splendid beaches.
HOW TO GET
Given the proximity to the airport of Barcelona-El Prat, the plane is the best solution to get to Sitges. The city, in fact, is about 27 kilometers from the international airport, one of the most important and busiest in Europe.
By plane, you can reach El Prat, from the main European and non-European destinations. By car, or by public transport, you can reach the town of the Costa Daurada.
Directly at the airport, you can rent the car that best suits your tastes, and pockets. Our advice is to do it in advance, comparing from this link, the various rental agencies.
By public transport, you will first need to reach the center of Barcelona and then continue your journey to Sitges by bus.
Alternatively, you can call at the smallest Reus international airport, distant about 60km.
MAJOR MAJOR FESTIVAL PROGRAM OF SITGES
Il 23 August, at the 12: 00, entry into the city, up Calle Sant Francesc, of grinderm musicians, who reach Town Hall Square.
At the 14: 15, the beautiful procession among the Gegant, the Cabezudos with their immense heads, the Dragon, the Eagle, the demons and others. It starts from Plaça del Ajuntament, up to Cap de la Vila, with final dance of Moixiganga.
A civic procession, around the 17: 00, crosses the streets of Sitges.
At the 23: 00, along the Walk and the beach, the suggestive fireworks display, followed by the Verbena, the eve party, with dances and lots of music.
Il 24 August it starts already from the first light of dawn, with entertainment and folk dances in the city. Follow the holy mass in honor of Sant Bartomeu, shows, and the incredible scenery of the castellers, with extraordinary human towers!
In the afternoon, space for a new procession, concluded with the return of the saint to the parish church. In plaza del Baluard, among folkloristic dances, in front of the church, the fireworks show starts.
FESTIVAL OF SANTA TECLA
Less fascinating and suggestive than the Feast of Sant Bartomeu, the Festa Major of Sitges, in honor of Santa Tecla, is a great alternative. Especially if your vacation period is September. Appointment, in this case, the 22 and 23 September.
WHERE TO SLEEP
On the occasion of the Festa Major in Sitges, in August, you will have many difficulties in finding economic solutions in the city. Above all by booking close to the event.
Hotel Medium Sitges Park it is one of the best structures in terms of quality and price, right in the historic center. It occupies a majestic modernist building and offers a garden with a seasonal outdoor pool.
Rooms at Hotel Medium Sitges Park are elegant, with charming interiors with white furniture. They are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast is buffet style, while the restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine for dinner. The hotel also has a bar by the pool in the garden.
It is just 5 minutes walk from Sant Bertomeu Church and the coast, and less than 1 km from the town's train station, from where you can reach Barcelona in 30 minutes. Book your room from this link.