International Vintage Car Rally Sitges - Barcelona

It celebrates: From 11th March to 12th March
Place: Sitges (Barcelona)
Category: Tradition
Popularity: (****) 4/5
Ideal for children
Organize: The Sitges Antique Car Club (CAAS), in collaboration with the Sitges City Council and other sponsoring entities.
Known start date: Since 1956
Figure of protection: Festival of National Tourist Interest
CarsSports CompetitionsNational Tourist Interest
Reading time: 3 minutes and a half

How is the Sitges Rally celebrated

The Sitges International Rally is one of the most exciting and anticipated events in the world of motorsport in Spain. This annual race brings together many vintage cars from Spain and Europe, and attracts thousands of fans, all eager to see the competition in a spectacular setting.

It has been held since 1959 and has gained a great reputation worldwide. The rally route covers a distance of 46 kilometers, from Plaza Sant Jaume in the center of Barcelona to the Sitges seafront. During the race, drivers must face a hilly terrain with tight turns and abrupt elevation changes, making it a challenging and unforgettable experience for all involved.

The rally takes place over a weekend and features different categories of cars, from classics and sports to modern racing cars, making it accessible to all car enthusiasts. The race starts with an opening ceremony where drivers present their cars to the public and are given the opportunity to meet their fans.

During the weekend, drivers complete several stages in different parts of the Sitges region. It is developed on roads closed to traffic, which means that drivers can race without having to worry about other vehicles on the road, making the race even more exciting and spectacular.

The Sitges International Rally is not only an exciting race, but also an opportunity for drivers and car enthusiasts to come together and share their love for automobiles. Participants and spectators from around the world come together to enjoy the race and the beauty of the Sitges region.

It is an exciting and spectacular event that attracts drivers and enthusiasts from all over the world. With its beautiful region and thrilling roads, this event is an unforgettable experience for all those who love cars and the excitement of competition. If you have the opportunity to attend the Sitges International Rally, don't miss it!

According to the rally rules, only vehicles produced up to 1928 and motorcycles up to 1938 are allowed to participate. The rally, which has been declared a National Tourist Interest Festival, attracts around a hundred classic cars every year, and is a great attraction for thousands of fans and onlookers who gather along the entire route to admire these authentic automotive gems. Drivers and their companions wear clothing corresponding to the era of their vehicles, adding a touch of authenticity and nostalgia to the event.

What to eat in Sitges

Sitges is a charming Catalan coastal town, known for its beautiful beach, relaxed atmosphere, and rich culinary scene. Here we recommend some local delicacies and dishes you can try during your visit to Sitges:

  • Xató: This is one of the most emblematic dishes of the Catalonia region. It consists of a salad of escarole and shredded codfish dressed with a sauce called "salsa xató," made with almonds, garlic, olive oil, ñoras (dried red peppers), and vinegar.
  • Coca de Recapte: It's a kind of Catalan pizza made with a dough base and topped with escalivada (roasted red peppers, eggplants, and onions) and anchovies.
  • Butifarra with mongetes: A traditional Catalan sausage accompanied by green beans.
  • Calçots: If you visit Sitges during the calçots season (usually from January to March), make sure to try these tender roasted spring onions served with a delicious romesco sauce.
  • Arroz Negro: A typical regional rice dish cooked with squid ink, giving it its characteristic dark color.
  • Crema Catalana: Traditional dessert from Catalonia. It is a rich custard with a delicate caramelised sugar crust on top, which is burnt to create a crunchy layer. Its flavour is smooth and creamy, with notes of vanilla and citrus. The texture is silky and light, which contrasts with the caramelised layer that cracks when tasted. The main ingredients are milk, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. It is served cold and is a popular end to a meal in many Spanish restaurants. Crema Catalana is a delicious and iconic dessert that captivates the palates of locals and tourists alike.
  • Turrones and Sweets from Xocolateria de l'Ateneu: If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to visit this local chocolate and nougat shop.
  • Cava: It's not food, but it's an essential element if you like sparkling wines. Sitges is in a region known for its production of cava, so be sure to enjoy a glass or a bottle during your visit.

Remember that the culinary offerings may vary depending on the season and the specific place where you eat, so don't hesitate to ask locals or restaurant staff for additional recommendations.

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