Costa del Garraf From Barcelona
In our Day Trip section, we write about the Day Trip to Costa del Garraf options YOU have to get around Barcelona in just one hour. There are many things to explore.
This time we want to introduce you the wonderful coast line just south of Barcelona and is perfectly suited for a day trip.
Costa Del Garraf a jewel on the Mediterranean.
Costa Del Garraf
The Costa del Garraf is one of four costal regions in Catalonia it’s a part of 19 federal states in Spain. The biggest country at the Iberian peninsula, consist over 17 costal regions and two island groups in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
The Costa del Garraf is the next coastal section of Catalonia at the Mediterranean Sea. The Costa del Garraf is connected to the Costa del Maresme and stretches from Barcelona to Vilanova i la Geltrú in the south. Because of its proximity to Barcelona, the Costa del Garraf is the house coast of the Catalan capital. In former times the Costa del Garraf was counted to the Costa Daurada. Well-known places on this coast are Castelldefels and Sitges.
In the mountainous hinterland of the Costa del Garraf lies the Parc Natural del Garraf,
Which is a popular destination for hikers. Nice beaches are an invitation for sun worshipper and Water sports.
Therefore, the historical hubs are the two main towns, Castelldefels and Sitges. Both of them are situated on the mediterranean.
Sitges was founded by the old Iberians in the 3 to 4 century B.C..
Already in the 1st century there were two town centres on the territory of Sitges. In Roman times, the port of Sitges was used as a transshipment point for Penedès products, the region around Vilafranca.
During the 11th century, a castle that belonged to Barcelona was located on the site of today’s Town Hall. The de Sitges family ruled from 1116 to 1814. In 1814 Sitges became free and joined the crown. Afterwards Sitges went through various wars as well as periods of hunger and epidemics. At that time, people lived mainly from agriculture, fishing and the goods handled in the port.
In the 19th century, Sitges benefited from the royal decree that allowed Catalonia to trade directly with America. 27% of Catalans who traded with America came from Sitges. The trade mainly concerned clothes, wine and spirits. In the second half of the 19th century, many former inhabitants who had brought wealth to America, they called “Los americanos”, returned to Sitges. Here they built magnificent villas, which can still be seen today. With the capital they brought with them, they built spinning and shoe factories. This developed into a large shoe industry in the 20th century, in which 80% of the adult population was active. Today there is only one shoe factory left. Instead of the fishing and shoe industry the many income comes from the tourism today.
Near Sitges is Castelldefels, which is closer to Barcelona and is 15 minutes from the Barcelona Airport (BCN).
The history of the castle and the church of Castelldefels dates back to 996 A.D., when the castle was initially only a defensive tower designed to protect the church. The castle, which gave its name to the town, was initially called Castrum Felix, which later became Castelló de Fidels. On the site of the church of Santa Maria del Castell at the castle, archaeologists found remains of various cultures, including an Iberian cistern carved into the rock and a Cippus. Excavations from Roman times can now be seen under glass inside the church. Remains of two-storey houses from Roman times were also found on the castle hill.
Sitges is famous for its Festivals
Here some honorable mentions:
- January 5th – Reyes Magos Parade
- February (2019) 28th until March 6th- Carnival
- March – Sitges Vintage Car Rally
- June – Corpus Christi in Sitges
- August – Fiesta Mayor de Sitges
- October – International Film Festival
To know more read our Blog: Events Happening in Sitges
How to get there
You have many options! If you drive by car just take the C32 Motorway on the coastline of Costa del Garraf. But you can also take the train R2 from multiple stations in Barcelona, for example the Barcelona Sants or Estaćio de França. You can eco-friendly relax and it takes just 30 to 45 minutes to Sitges and Castelldefels prices starts from 2-10€.
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