The long wide promenades, stretches of clean, sandy beaches, vast national park and proximity to Barcelona, airport and private schools have made Sitges a firm favourite for many international families over recent years. An estimated 35% of Sitges inhabitants are from Northern Europe, mainly from the UK, Scandinavia, France and Holland. Its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, popular restaurants, golf clubs, marinas and desirable property are also popular with the international jet-set, many of whom have labelled it the ‘Sant Tropez of Spain’.
In recent years, Sitges has developed a reputation as an artist’s haven and a creative hub, after the Catalan painter Santiago Rusiñol lived there during the summer months in the 19th century. In the 1960s, the town became a centre for ‘counterculture’ during the reign of Franco and has since become a popular destination among the gay community. ‘Carnaval’ is a huge celebration for the town, normally taking place between the months of February and March. The festivities begin on ‘Dijous Gras’, or Fat Thursday, with the arrival of the King Carnestoltes. From the moment he appears until the burial of the sardine — late in the afternoon of Ash Wednesday- the partying is non-stop.
The Sitges Film Festival is one of the most recognizable ones held in Europe, considered the world’s foremost international festival specializing in fantasy and horror movies. Established in 1967, the festival normally takes place every year in early October.
Sitges’ economy is based on tourism and culture with more than 4,500 hotel beds, half of them in four-star hotels. Its 17 beaches, excellent gastronomy, high quality shops and quaint streets have proved popular with visitors for decades, many of whom have chosen to either move to the town permanently or buy second homes.
“Sitges is a unique location on the Catalan coast for many reasons” explains Juan Torregosa of the Lucas Fox Sitges office “ Its fantastic climate, protected by the Garraf mountain range, its lush green surroundings, its beaches and pretty coves, the beautiful Old Town , excellent sports facilities, great shopping and international schools all make Sitges a privileged location. In addition the town is well connected by road and rail to the airport as well as the centre of Barcelona”
Lucas Fox has an excellent selection of Sitges real estate for sale from apartments in Sitges Old town and the beachfront area to luxury beachfront villas for sale in the areas of Vinyet and Terramar, to exclusive houses for sale with pools and sea views in the areas of Can Girona, La Levantina and Vallpineda, to family homes in the areas of Montgavina, Quint Mar and Santa Barbara.
In the hills behind Sitges and the town of Sant Pere de Ribes there are a number of developments where you can find villas with pools such as Mes Mestre, Las Colinas and Can Suria. In the Garraf natural park behind Sitges there are some spectacular country houses and mansions.
Here are a few of our most eye-catching properties for sale in the Sitges area: