Barcelona to Sitges Bike Ride

Dear bike lovers, we’ve got the perfect plan for you if you are tired of riding your mean machine in our crowded Barcelona: take a day off to Sitges.

We have created an itinerary mixing culture, art, history, and simply nature, going through Castelldefels and the Garraf Park. It can take between 4h30 to 6h30 to complete it, according to which itinerary you choose, and it includes some steep climbs, so we only recommend it to experienced cyclists – or if you are up for the challenge be careful and don’t hesitate to take a loooooooot of breaks!

We have traced the itinerary from a rental shop in central Barcelona to the Fragata Beach in Sitges, but you can adapt it to your wishes. So you just need to follow each step of this article, relax, grab your bike and ride!

 

Bike itinerary to Sitges

 

Castelldefels

 

  • Ride along the beach

OR

Parc del Garraf

  • Stop for a few minutes to enjoy a great view of the coast from the Mirador Serra Del Lladre
  • Enjoy the view of the Parc at the Mirador Platja
    • (To enjoy ever more amazing views of the parc: Mirador La Morella +45min / Puig de les Agulles +10min)

  • Visit the Monestir Budista del Garraf/Plana Novella: 5.60€/4.60€*
    • *Discount applied to university students, children under 12 years old, pensioners
    • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9:30am to 6pm – Closed 24/03 28/04 26/05
    • Guided tour in Spanish at 11h, 12h, 13h, 15h, 16h, 17h – 1h initiation to buddhism (not suited to children)
    • http://www.monjesbudistas.org/
  • (Campdàsens +50 min – Chapel attached to a farmhouse)

Sitges

  • Enjoy a great view of the city and its 17 beaches from the Mirador Levantina
  • Visit the Casa Bacardi, in the beautiful Mercat Vell building.
    • Visit the museum to learn about the history of the brand
      • Guided visit: 10€/8€ (student & 65+) – 45 to 60 minutes
      • Under 18s free, must be accompanied by an adult
      • Wednesday to Saturday – English: 12:00 – 16:00 / Spanish: 13:15 – 17:15 – 18:30 / Catalan: 19:45

      • Sunday – English: 16:00 / Spanish: 13:15 – 17:15 – 18:30 / Catalan: 12:00

    • Take a cocktail class (18+):  25€ – 2h to 2h30 class
  • Interested in art? It is very cheap to admire different pieces of art in Sitges:
    • Visit the Cau Ferrat Museum and Maricel Museum for only 10€/7€*.
    • Visit the Stämpfli Foundation and the Maricel Palace for 5€/3.5€* each.
      • *Discount applied to visitors between 13 and 16, students under 25,
      •  Under 13s free, 50% off for pensioners and unemployed
    • Or all the museums are free on every first Wednesday of the month!
    • Only closed on Mondays
    • http://museusdesitges.cat/ca
  • Go shopping or admire amazing architecture of the old Quarter

OR

    • Relax for the rest of the day on one of the many beaches in Sitges.
      • Since you have the luck to have your bike, try to go to the most southern beaches of the city to avoid the crowd (go after the beach de la Riera Xica), as people tend to stay close to the city center.
      • You will find gay-friendly and nudist beaches as well as family beaches.

Heading back to Barcelona:

Still have energy? You can go back by the route along the coast -> busy road, not recommended for family, experienced bikers only!

  • Stop to admire the Bodegas Güell building: Güell’s winery built by Gaudi in 1897.
  • Ermita de la Trinitat (small church +20min)

Can’t wait to be home? Take a train back to one of these three stations in Barcelona: Estacio de França, Passeig de Gracia or Estacio Sants.

Want to do the trip in the other direction?

From one of the three train stations in Barcelona look for either “Vilanova i la Geltru” or “St. Vincenç de Calders” as final destinations, and then stop at Sitges.

Before your trip:

  • Check the weather (avoid rain/wind, but also heat waves)
  • Eat a great breakfast before leaving, you don’t want to ride on an empty stomach.
  • Check your itinerary to know where you’re going.
  • If you go by yourself inform someone of your itinerary and have an emergency contact on you in case something happens.

What to pack?

  • Water and snacks, there aren’t many places to stop to buy food in the Parc del Garraf.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, helmet (free when you rent your bike at ebikerent)
  • If you’re planning on going to the beach at the end of your journey: swimming suit and towel.

When to do the trip?

  • Between June to August try to start early in the morning to avoid the heat waves from 12pm
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Castle x
Monastery x x
Casa Bacardi x x x x
Sitges Museums x x x x x x
Fewer People x x x x x

 

Events in Sitges:

  • Reyes Magos Parade : January 5th
  • Carnaval : February
  • Vintage Car Rally : March
  • Gay Pride : June
  • Corpus Christi/Flower Festival : June
  • San Juan : June 23rd
  • Festa Major : August
  • Santa Tecla : September 23rd
  • International Cinema Festival : October
  • Wine Festival : October

Don’t own a bike? Rent one at E-BikeRent

  • Open every day from 10:00h to 20:00h
  • Mountain bike 18€/24h
  • Electric bike: 25€/10h – 30€/24h
  • http://e-bikerentbarcelona.com (10% off if you book online 24h before)

 

Useful information

Office of El Garraf Park and the Olèrdola County Park. La Pleta
Ctra. de Rat Penat a Plana Novella, km 3,5 – 08870 Sitges
+34 935 971 819
p.garraf@diba.cat
Everyday: 10:00h to 15:00hShop: Weekends and public holidays

Tourism Office in Castelldefels
Pintor Serrasanta, 4 – 08860 Castelldefels
+34 936 352 727
info@castelldefelsturisme.info
Monday to Friday: 10:00h to 14:00h – 15:00h to 19:00h
Weekends and holidays:  10:00h to 14:00h

Tourism Office in Sitges
Plaza Eduard Maristany, 2 – 08870 Sitges
+34 938 944 251
info@sitgestur.cat
Monday to Friday: 09:00h to 20:00h
Saturday: 10:00h to 20:00h
Sunday: 10:00h to 14:00h

Donkey Hotey

editor