Sports fan? Welcome to Sitges
Nelson Mandela said that "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does." That's why it's addictive. Both doing and watching sports. And that's why many travelers, when they arrive at a destination, explore its potential for sports. In the case of Sitges, this potential has two virtually unbeatable features: a privileged climate all year round -the sun lives here in winter- and a double natural setting -sea and mountain- to motivate endorphins, including the most reserved ones. To complete the package and make it unique, the town usually hosts, as we said, sporting events from a variety of disciplines, and this year in particular there are two women's events of special relevance on international circuits. So, a summary that justifies the title: if you’re a sports fan, welcome home ;)
Let's break it down. And we'll start, if you agree, with the events. You only have to take a look at the calendar to see two benchmark events. On the one hand, the Estrella Damm Ladies Open, to be held from October 1st to 3rd, taking place in Sitges for the fourth time in the last five years - Covid 19 prevented it from being held in 2020. The event will be attended by 126 women golfers from all over Europe, who will compete at the Terramar Golf Club with the sea right beside them -and when we say beside them, we mean it literally: at some points they will be just a little more than 10 meters away from it. The second sporting event marked in red, and coinciding on the same weekend, is the World Women’s Team Chess Championship, to be held from September 26th to October 3rd at two emblematic venues in Sitges: the Casino Prado Suburbense - opening and closing ceremony - and the Hotel Meliá - daily matches.
Now that we’ve verified the validity and uniqueness of the calendar of sporting events in Sitges, it's our turn to highlight its value as a destination for travelers to practice sports. Let's break it down here by parts as well, or rather, by elements. By land, and depending on whether you want to walk, run or pedal, you have the horizontal sea-level option (with views of the Mediterranean thanks to a seafront promenade of almost 3 kilometers) or the 'ups and downs' offered by the Garraf Park (which also includes, and this is unique, views of the sea, as is the case with the route to the Trinitat Hermitage). If your medium is water, the Mediterranean offers you its almost always calm swaying movement to go kayaking or paddle surfing or swimming. By air, if we understand it as an inspirational element, we recommend yoga sessions on the beach (La Fragata is one of the most popular).
Note: running and cycling routes are almost infinite. You can check it out in our proposals for running circuits, racing bike circuits and mountain bike circuits listed in wikiloc. Depending on your level or how much you feel like pedaling, to this option you can add the possibility of touring Sitges, vineyards and part of the Garraf Park on an electric bike. As you can see, there are hundreds of options to get your legs moving, proving that Sitges moves and moves you. And it does it both inside and out.