Location

Melia Sitges Hotel

Conveniently located in a quiet area of Sitges, the Melia Sitges Hotel is just 3 minutes’ walk from Balmins and Aiguadolç beaches. It offers a spa, a stylish garden with an outdoor pool, and a restaurant with a terrace. The Meliá Sitges is 5 minutes’ walk from Aiguadolç Marina and 10 minutes’ walk from the lively and historic town center. It is a 20-minute walk to the train station, which connects you with central Barcelona in just 40 minutes. The air-conditioned rooms at the Meliá feature modern, minimalist decor.

The Bistrot Saffron restaurant serves modern Mediterranean food. There is also a stylish cocktail bar with seating in the garden.

Sitges, Spain

One of Sitges’ distinctive advantages is that it is well connected by land, sea and air. Wherever you are from, we are close by.

From Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Monbus bus company: www.monbus.cat

The Monbus bus stop is located outside Terminal 1 (T1). If you arrive at Terminal 2 (T2), you will need to catch the free airport bus which takes you to T1 (the journey is 4 km and the time is between 10 and 15 minutes).

The bus stop for the T2 to T1 line can be found underneath the bridge, outside T2B. Buses arrive every 7 minutes 24 hours a day.

www.monbus.cat

Tel. +34 93 893 70 60

From Barcelona

The Monbus bus company operates a service between the towns of Sitges, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sant Pere de Ribes and the city of Barcelona. Not all of them stop at the airport. The Barcelona bus service starts at Ronda Universitat, 33, between Carrer Balmes and Plaça de Catalunya square. There is another stop on Carrer Sepúlveda and another one in Plaça d’Espanya square. In Sitges, you can find the bus stop opposite Can Robert park, on Avinguda Vilanova, 14.

www.monbus.cat

Tel. +34 93 893 70 60

Sitges is a coastal town in Spain’s Catalonia region, backed by the mountainous Parc Natural del Garraf. It has beautiful Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenade lined with grand mansions. The compact old town and surrounding streets are filled with shops, restaurants, and many nightspots. Sitges is about a 20-minute drive from Barcelona’s El Prat international airport. It is not necessary to hire a car when staying in Sitges as there are excellent transport links to and from Barcelona airport and into Barcelona city. For those who wish to spend some time in Barcelona either prior to or after the conference, Barcelona is easily accessible both by train and bus.

Sitges Old Town has typically Spanish narrow streets leading down to a palm tree lined promenade that runs along an open bay with its many beaches. A wide pedestrian boulevard stretching along the waterfront, the Passeig Maritim is one of the most scenic walks to be enjoyed in Sitges. The walkway is lined with cafés and restaurants. The town has been built on an industry of fishing, commerce and wine, and has been much favored by artists, the bohemian crowd and more recently has developed a large gay community.

Noted for its outstanding location, the Church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, better known as “La Punta” at the end of the promenade in a bastion above steps and a coastal cliff, has become one of the most recognized icons in Sitges, much photographed and painted. Its structure is quite peculiar, because it has two bell towers, and possesses one of the watch towers that served the population to calculate the time. Its facade is quite simple but the frame where it is located is incomparable. The beautiful parish of San Bartolome and Santa Tecla is certainly the image that symbolizes Sitges. The church, built in the seventeenth century but with many subsequent amendments, is a charming Baroque style and the interior retains several Renaissance and Baroque altars and an organ of 1690.

The word Sitges means “silo” in English and it refers to the underground holes used to store wine. Before the tourist and LGBT boom of the 60s and 70s, Sitges was a wine producing fishing village big in shoemaking and with a thriving artistic and cultural scene. The name was given by the Sitges family who took over the town in the 12th century. However, the town’s history dates back to thousands of years ago, from the Neanderthal period when it is believed that humans inhabited the caves at either end of the town.