Tired of the beach life? Parents nagging? Grandmother in need of some alternative entertainment? Looking for something else to do? In search of a family attraction near Sitges?
You have come to the right place! Lucky for you Sitges and the surrounding area is full of surprises and possibilities, and we have the pick of the bunch from museums to parks, markets, tours, aquariums and zoos, and much more here’s our pick of the best attractions near Sitges – able to meet the demands of the most discerning family!
Portaventura Theme Park
Looking for some family friendly thrills and adventure? Portaventura just may be the answer! One of Spain’s largest theme parks and resorts, the park attracts more than 4 million guests each year.
Featuring adrenalin-pumping rollercoasters, rides, shows and a range of other fun activities the park offers fun for the whole family, and it’s themed on site hotels mean you can stay for more than just one day!
For more details about opening times, bookings and special offers please click here
Tip: Portaventura offers many discounted ticket options both for day trips and longer stays including on site hotel accommodation. Check their website well in advance for the best deals!
How to get to Portaventura from Sitges
The park is less than an hour’s drive from Sitges, near a town called Salou and is very well signposted from all directions.
There is no direct bus or train, but if you take a train south to Vilanova, then change for a train to Tarragona, you can connect there with a service that takes you right to the park. This may sound like a big trek, but should normally take just over an hour.
Aqua Leon Waterpark & Safari
If the waters around Sitges are too tame, it may be time to take the plunge and a trip to Europe’s largest water park! Combining the attractions of a water park, nature reserve, zoo and safari the park is covers the equivalent of 12 football pitches, and is one of Costa Dorada’s most popular family tourist destinations.
The half-hourly double-decker bus Safari is operated from the comfort of a bus and lets visitors to get close (but not too close) to lions, tigers, bears and panthers to name but a few! The Mini Zoo, and bird shows are also great for younger children.
The park opens on Saturday 21 June for 2014 and stays open until 11th September.
Tip: Check the website before booking for discounted ticket options – and don’t forget to print your ticket before you leave!
How to get to Aqua Leon from Sitges
The Water Park is just 45 minutes drive from Sitges, south towards Tarragona (Finca Les Basses, 43716 Albinyana, Tarragona)
There is also a bus service on Tuesday, Thursday Friday and all weekend from the stop at Passeig de Vilanova which will take you to the park and back in just over an hour.
Located in Ciutadella Park, Barcelona Zoo has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years, and is one of the oldest and most treasured Barcelona attractions. Open every day of the year from 10:00am it is guaranteed to give children from 1 to 100 a day out to remember.
To find out more about opening times, tickets and other services including personalised birthday celebrations please check the Zoo’s website here for more details.
Tip: If you want to visit the zoo more than once the website for details of family passes which offer unlimited entrance for a year!
How to get to Barcelona Zoo from Sitges
With limited parking we recommend taking the train from Sitges to the Zoo. Take a train into Barcelona to the end of the line (Estacio Franca) head out of the main station entrance, turn right and head into the park. You’ll be at the zoo in under an hour!
The Aquarium’s 35 tanks contain more than 11,000 animals from 450 different species from all over the world! Get up close to sharks, octopi, jellyfish, stingrays, eels, penguins and seals – to name just a few! Watch them glide overhead as you walk on the ‘sea bed’ along an 80 metre underwater viewing tunnel through one of it’s biggest tanks!
Qualified scuba divers over 18 can also take the challenge of taking a swim with the sharks!
Younger visitors can also sign up for a special treat to ‘Sleep with the sharks’ – spend the night at the aquarium and see what happens to sharks when the sun goes down (ages 8-12) or maybe cage dive with the sharks (8 years +)
The Aquarium is open throughout the year, for details of specific activities, opening times and prices please check their website for more information
Tip: Don’t you ever smile at a crocodile!
How to get to Barcelona Aquarium from Sitges
We recommend travelling to the Aquarium by train / metro – a quick and economical route which saves the expense and hassle of parking in the centre of Barcelona. Take the Barcelona train from Sitges railway station, get off at Sants and then take the green metro line (L3) to Drassanes. From Drassanes follow ‘La Rambla‘ downhill past the Columbus roundabout and on towards the sea via the Rambla del Mar from here you can pick up signs directly to the Aquarium.
Want to try bobsledding – but never had the opportunity? This may just be your lucky day! Calafell Slide is a bobsled run, barbeque and bar which offers visitors from the ages of 2 upwards the chance to ride on a 700m bobsled.
Visitors are also invited to bring lunch and use either of the centre’s barbeques free of charge (providing drinks are purchased from the bar)
How to get to Calafell Slide from Sitges
By car Calafell is just 20 minutes from Sitges, if you have to use public transport the nearest Monbus stop is at drops off at Calafell Poble – about a 20 minute walk from the park.
If you’re looking for a more cultural excursion combined with fresh air you may want to consider a trip to Montserrat – a mountain which rises dramatically above the plains directly north of Sitges commanding incredible views over the entire region.
The highest point of the Catalan lowlands this is the home of Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery; the shrine of the black Virgin of Montserrat and a museum housing works by Dali, Picasso and other artists. A place of pilgrimage and worship for many Catalans, Montserrat is also an area of outstanding natural beauty.
How to get to Montserrat from Sitges.
The easiest way to reach Montserrat is by car, which takes around an hour. There is no direct route using public transport, and you will have to go via Barcelona (train to Sants Train Station (40 min); walk to Espana train station (15 min) and then take an FGC train to Montserrat (1 hr) before boarding the rack train or cable car to the top) It does take longer – but the views are incredible.
Tip: If you are planning to use public transport for more trips out of Sitges invest in a T10 (3 Zone) multiple trip card which is cheaper than buying individual train tickets and enables you to use multiple forms of public transport)