Located just 30 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges has been described as the Saint-Tropez of Spain thanks to its fashionista beach crowd and pumping nightlife. Renowned for its LGBTQI-friendly atmosphere as well as its world-famous horror film festival, Sitges has plenty to offer visitors.
Beach Bum? Take Your Pick
Being a seaside town, Sitges boasts some of the most beautiful beaches right in its own backyard. The Platja de Sant Sebastià, located to the east of the town is smallish and more family-friendly, whereas the Platja la Bassa Ronda is the main gay-friendly beach and one of the largest and busiest in the summer.
Visit The Cau Ferrat
Today a museum, the Cau Ferrat building was once the home of Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol, one of the leading figures in the Catalan Modernist movement. Upon his death, the artist bequeathed the building plus all its contents – including drawings, paintings, ceramics and more – to the town of Sitges on condition that it be opened to the public as a museum.
Eat Seafood Like A Local
The proximity to the sea is reflected in the cuisine of Sitges’s well-regarded traditional restaurants, which can be found along the waterfront and in the Old Town. Restaurants such as La Nansa and El Trull come highly recommended for their fresh fish as well as their hearty seafood rice dishes.
Sashay Your Way Along The Passeig Maritim
A pedestrian only sidewalk stretches wide along the waterfront, the Passeig Maritim is one of the most scenic
sashays walks in Sitges. The waterfront walkway is lined with cafés, restaurants and ice cream shops so there are plenty of opportunities for a bit of guilty pleasure along the way.
Sitges Carnival – Yes of Course They Get Their Own
Barcelona may be the bigger city, but everyone knows that when it comes to carnival time at the end of Lent, Sitges is really where the party is at. One of the loudest and brightest carnivals along the Catalan coastline, the Sitges carnival is famous for its colourful floats, bold fancy dress costumes and wild after-hours parties.
Too Hungover? Discover The Old Town Centre
The Old Town of Sitges is not by any means a large area, but it’s worth opting out of a ‘beach day’ and exploring, in particular the old fishermen’s neighbourhood with its white houses and blue borders. Don’t forget the 15th-Century Church of Sant Bartomeu – Santa Tecla and its stunning Baroque interior.
Sun Downers at Casa Bacardí
Most people associate Bacardí Rum with Cuba, but the story actually begins in Spain and more precisely Sitges. Founder Facundo Bacardí Massó was born in 1814 and today the Casa Bacardí proudly talks of the brand’s heritage and the process of making rum, also offering guests to try some of these delicious cocktails in the bar towards the back.
Walk or Cycle – The Garraf Natural Park
Sitges is surrounded by the Garraf Natural Park, it’s located on the small mountain range known as the Garraf Massif. There are a number of marked walks from Sitges which can be completed within a day round-trip or if you’re not into walking back you can easily catch the train back along the coastline from the next town. During your Hike or Cycle be sure to look out for the Buddhist Monastery and abandoned villages.
Sitges – Gay and Lesbian Nightlife
A trip to Sitges wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t go to at least one LGBTQI Bar or Club. Luckily you won’t have to look very hard, all the Gay and Lesbian Bars and Clubs are located in the town centre. If the Carrer del Pecat or ‘Street of Sin’ doesn’t look like your idea of a night out, then head over to Carrer Santa Bonaventura which offers a
lamer tamer night out. Also be sure to check out El Piano bar for larger-than-life drag acts or the Skybar in the MiM hotel for lazy sunsets on their rooftop bar.
The Sitges Film Festival
Last but not least, if you can time it right the Sitges Film festival is really worth checking out. Previous editions have hosted the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Quentin Tarantino and Cameron Diaz – although one of the highlights is undoubtedly the Zombie Walk, which is organised each year and sees hundreds of gruesome zombies parade through the city centre ( no thankyou.. ) before finishing with a live music ball.