Located some thirty minutes south of Barcelona along the Catalan shoreline, Sitges has been described as the St Tropez of Spain owing to its popularity with the Barcelona glitterati. Unsurprisingly, it is home to some coveted restaurants, both traditional and more contemporary, many of which are located on the waterfront. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Sitges.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
This traditional restaurant located in the heart of Sitges’ old town has been serving locals since 1963. La Nansa has a simple philosophy: to serve home-cooked food using local ingredients and based on recipes that have been handed down for generations. For a great value meal go for the ‘traditional menu’ which includes dishes such as stuffed cannelloni, fresh fish or squid.
Located just a few meters away from the waterfront, La Incidencia del Factor Vi draws on another of the local specialities, namely wine. A modern bodega boasting a wide selection of wines from Catalonia and Spain as well as a handful of wines from abroad, the venue also acts as a restaurant serving contemporary cuisine inspired by Catalan flavours and ingredients.
A fine-dining restaurant with a firm basis in Mediterranean cuisine, Fragata was established over 50 years ago but benefited from a full makeover in 2005. The menu features some of the best Spanish and Catalan ingredients, such as jamón Iberico, foie gras, lobster and anchovies while the wine list has over 200 options from across Spain.
Another of Sitges‘ most well regarded fine-dining establishments, El Trull has a much more international profile than some of its competitors, drawing inspiration from across Europe with a touch of exoticism to the menu as well. The dining room itself has the charm of a rustic eatery with dark wood chairs and low vaulted ceilings.
If décor and atmosphere are just as important as what’s on the plate, then Alfresco will be right up your alley thanks to its cozy outdoor courtyard which oozes Mediterranean charm. A modern restaurant, the menu draws international inspiration from Asia to Italy and, of course, Spain.
The name Komokieras is a sort of play on words which could translate to ‘as you wish’ and reflects the willingness of the owners to make customers feel at home in their restaurant. Dishes are homemade and the menu boasts a large selection of hot and cold starters which are ideal for sharing.
The restaurant Maricel was born of a desire to offer an alternative to the traditional seafood restaurants that Sitges was so well known for. A contemporary fine-dining establishment, dishes are sophisticated and elegantly presented in a setting that includes an outdoor terrace overlooking the beach and the old church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla.