Route of “The Americanos”
- Casa Severià Virella /Villa Ana
- Mercat de Sitges – Sitges Market (now Casa Bacardi)
- Casa Ferrer Torralbes / Villa Anita
- Casa Sebastià Sans Bori
- Casa Joan Robert i Brauet
- Casa Bonaventura Blai / Villa Avelina
- Casa Bartomeu Misas
We present a tourist itinerary to visit the architectural jewels of the period of the “Americanos”, people from Sitges who emigrated to Cuba in search of fortune between the end of the 18th century and the first part of the 20th century and who, on their return to the town, invested a large part of their savings in the construction of buildings and mansions.
Begin the tour at the hotel medium sitges park, previously Casa de Severià Virella, or Villa Ana, then turn right and take the first street on the left. This is where Calle Illa de Cuba begins and where we can see Casa Sebastià Sans Bori (halfway along the street) and Casa Bonaventura Blai (at the intersection with Calle San Gaudeni).
At the end of the street, turn left into Avenida Artur Carbonell, where you can see Villa Havemann or Ave María, with original modifications by the architect Josep Doménech i Estapà.
A little further along is Villa Subur, much more modest but equally charming.
In Pla de l’Ajuntament, we find Casa Bacardi (the old Sitges municipal market) that houses an exhibition of the life and work of the local entrepreneur Facundo Bacardi i Massó, known for making his fortune with the famous Bacardi rum.
Continue along Calle Santiago Rusiñol to number 33 and Casa Ferrer Torralbes, where our tour ends.
Itinerary through the old quarter and museums
- Casa de la Vila (Town Hall)
- Municipal market
- Old wall of the city
- Sitges Church
- Monument to Dr. Robert
- Cau Ferrat Museum
- Maricel Museum
Going back to the origins of Sitges only requires strolling through the old quarter where we find the ruins of the city wall (in neighbourhood of the fishermen) and the contributions that modernism and later periods left us: the Casa de la Vila (Town Hall), the old municipal market (Casa Bacardi), the Santiago Rusiñol Popular Library, and the monument to Dr. Robert beside the Church.
The old quarter also has two of the museums in Sitges: Cau Ferrat museum, the house-cum-studio of Santiago Rusiñol and the Maricel Museum, Maricel Palace is in front of the two museums.
The Cau Ferrat museum was the summer residence of Santiago Rusiñol and temple of his ideology of Total Art. It houses an important collection of paintings by Rusiñol and other artists who, like him, began what is known today as modernist art.
The Maricel Museum, located in an old 14th century hospital, was renovated by the engineer Miguel Utrillo i Morliusis as a place designed to ensure conservation of the Charles Deering art collection.
Calle del Pecado
Sitges is not only art and good food: it also offers alternatives for people seeking more intense emotions.
It has its well known “Sin Street”, in reality called Calle 2 de Mayo, which is the meeting point for all residents of Sitges and where the night begins. The street is packed with night clubs and bars, including Bar Pachito of the Pachá Group. There is also a “Gay Sin Street”, Calle Bonaire, where the night clubs are aimed at the gay & lesbian public.