Cell Symposia: Human Evolution

Social Program

Sunday 16 March, 2014
13:45-14:00 Welcome and introduction
17:30-19:00 Welcome drinks reception
Monday 17 March, 2014
19:00-22:30 Meet the Speakers Dinner


Sitges is just 35km south of Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain and enjoys a privileged location between the sea and the mountains and offers the visitor an endless array of leisure activities:

  • The Coast of Barcelona, next to the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby mountains provides the area with outstanding natural beauty
  • Luxury residential areas
  • Golf courses
  • Marina facilities next to the beaches
  • A historic town centre of great cultural interest. Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla churches
  • Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla church (it's one single church, it's the Parish Church in honour of both Saints)


More information available on the above here.


  • The Casa de la Vila ,19th century neo-gothic building, and the Palau Maricel, which bring together medieval, renaissance and Barroque elements (guided tours to inside Palau Maricel every Sunday, in Catalan and in Spanish, you can reserve in English in advance for a group, better to call to Consorci del Patrimoni and ask there 938940364)
  • The modernist of the late 19th and beginning and early 20th centuries have left Sitges beautiful buildings such as Cau Ferrat, the studio of the writer and painter Santiago Rusiñol. (Agisitges offers guided tours in different languages and explain the history of some of the most important buildings in Sitges, such of the nice houses from the Sitges people that went to Cube and made fortune there, "Americanos", very interesting and you can make a reservation for a group, telephone +34 619 793 199, website or visit the website here.
  • Also of interest "Autodrom Terramar"  or "Terramar Autodrome" the first racing ciruit in Sapin from 1923 that still remains as it was – organize tour via Agisitges

More information available on the above here.


Sitges is home to the following events:

  • The International Vintage Car Rally (Festival of National Tourist Interest)
  • The International Film Festival of Cataluña
  • Corpus Christi celebrations
    • Sitges Carnival is considered one of the 10 best Carnivals in the World
    • International Tango Festival of Sitges
    • International Festival of Patchwork
For information about the main events visit here.


  • The studio-home of Rusiñol with works by El Greco, Zuloaga and Picasso
  • The Maricel Museum with a collection of Romanesque, Gothic and Modern Art
  • The Romantic Museum through their work deepens our understanding of 19th century Catalan society
  • Fundació Stämpfli (contemporary art and great exhibitions from international artists, actually there's an exhibition of "Villieglé" the only French living artist with a permanent exhibition at Moma of N.York)
  • Casa Bacardí: Permanent exhibition of Bacardí House (Facundo Bardí, the founder was from Sitges)


Find out more information about the museums here.



  • One of the most traditional dish is the xató, made from endive, cod, tuna, anchovies and olives, and dressed with a romescu sauce (roasted peppers, toasted almonds, garlic, oil and chilli)

Some restaurants linked to "Ruta del Xató" (the 17th year of the event) include special menus with this dish. These restaurants are: BoccalinoCafè Bar RoyEsmarris (Hotel Dolce)Iris Gallery (Hotel Estela)La Concha (Hotel San Sebastián)La Pèrgola (Hotel Antemare)Los VikingosPicnic.  But you'll find the Xató at many others like La Nansa or La Salseta, traditional restaurants well known in Sitges (find out more here)

  • Cuttlefish stew with potatoes and ali-oli (garlic mayonnaise), tuna casserole and fideuá are other delights prepared in Sitges
  • Another well-known dish is "arròs a la Sitgetana, this is a dish based on rice to which some seafood and products from the countryside are added

  • One of the best restaurants in Sitges for traditional food is La Nansa and "La Salseta". They belong to Slow-Food movement and to "Restaurants Km0" (quality products from producers that are at less than 100 km).

Find more information about gastronomy and the recepie for Xató and "Arròs a la Sitgetana look here


In Sitges there is a traditional Bar that is more than 60 years old "El Cable" that prepares "Tapas" and it's the bar that won last year’s prize of  "Best tapa of the year in Catalonia" with the tapa called "Nemo" (and  it has won the "Sitges Tapas contest" for 3 years). It's well worth a visit, but they don't take reservations and it's always full of people inside and outside drinking wines and/or eating tapas, but from Monday to Thursday could be easier than on weekends.  


The Sitges wine is "Malvasia de Sitges".  In the eighteenth century the Malvasia grape made up ¼ of the crops cultivated in Sitges, although now there are only 2.5 hectares under cultivation. The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity has included the Malvasia de Sitges in its Ark of Taste list (small-scale quality productions under threat). Find out more here.

There are many wines around the area, you could even taste some at "Vi més Vi" (a place where Sitges peoble meet and taste different wines of the area.

If you require any further information about Sitges, Visit Sitges.com will be pleased to help you.

We hope you enjoy Sitges!



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