Barcelona Day Trip to Sitges Beaches & Pont del Diable
Barcelona, Spain is a vibrant city with so much to see and experience. However, sometimes you just need a beach day on vacation. There are some beaches in Barcelona, but the TripAdvisor reviews were a little disappointing. We wanted to experience a pristine Mediterranean beach, so we decided to take a day trip to Sitges near Barcelona and stop at Les Ferreres Aqueduct, a well-preserved Roman aqueduct which is relatively nearby.
Getting to Sitges from Barcelona
We chose to rent a car just for one day of our trip. Barcelona is easy to navigate using public transport, and it can be difficult to find parking spots. Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona has a Sixt office in the hotel and the prices were reasonable. The 45-minute drive to Sitges has several small tolls, so make sure to have some local currency on hand for the toll booths. It’s a very picturesque drive, giving you a different glimpse of Catalonia outside of Barcelona, with views of mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
Things to do at the Sitges Beaches
The laid-back beach town of Sitges is home to 17 beaches to choose from. Some are small strips of beach, others are rocky coves; check out Tripadvisor to find the type of beach vibe you’re looking for.
Although most of the beaches are family-friendly, I think one of the best for kids is Platja de la Fragata. It’s a flat, sandy beach right below the beautiful Sant Bartomeu church. Rent a couple sun loungers to pass the day away on the beach. Alternatively, the beach is soft and sandy if you want to bring a couple towels. Also on site are paddleboats (pedalo).
Make sure to bring a little change for the pay toilets, or plan to buy a drink or snack at one of the beachside restaurants in order to use their facilities. The restaurants range from cheap eats to fine dining and were much more reasonably priced than the restaurants in Barcelona.
Les Ferreres Aqueduct and Pont del Diable Bridge
If a nature hike is on your Barcelona agenda, Les Ferreres Aqueduct is a fun option. There is no admission fee to visit, and the entrance is directly off the highway. The Roman aqueduct bridge from the time of Emperor Augustus is also known as Pont del Diable, or the Devil’s Bridge. It is in remarkably good shape, and you can safely walk across the bridge if you dare!
Hilton Diagonal Mar is a smart option if you’re in Barcelona, but can’t make it out of the city. It’s located within a 5-minute walk of the beach and is also close to shopping and restaurants.
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