This tourist information page is all about the small beach resort of Sitges on the Costa Dorada coast of Spain.
In this tourist guide to the tourist resort of Sitges just south of Barcelona we help visitors who are planning a trip with useful and practical advice on many tourism related subjects such as car hire, accommodation, hotels, hostels, map, sightseeing, weather, where to go, where to stay, travel information and what to see and do in Sitges.
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Sitges is a very popular tourist resort due to it’s reputation for gay tourism, it’s great beaches and especially it’s closeness to the major Spanish city of Barcelona.
Tourists have been coming to Sitges since the late 19th century when many artists and writers frequented the small town which was then principally a small fishing town.
Sitges is located on Spain’s Costa Dorada about 40 km south-west of Barcelona.
Sitges has a pretty seafront esplanade. Evening in Sitges brings out people who gather to people-watch from the many cafes and bars. The town is packed with fine restaurants offering fresh sea food, paella and other traditional Spanish dishes.
Clearly Sitges fills up on the weekends however its popularity as a tourist destination is not just down to the fine sandy beaches. Sitges is also noteworthy for its many art museums, pretty old town and dazzling colourful fiestas (festivals).
Sitges main attaction for tourists are its beaches of which there are seventeen with most very close to the town. All the beaches in Sitges are sandy beaches with clean, safe waters. The main beaches are lined with palm trees, have plenty of facilities with many cafes, bars and restaurants.
If you are visiting Sitges with a family then you will probably want to head for the more family-orientated beaches of which Playa de la Fragata, Playa de los Barcos and San Sebastian and are the most well-known.
These Sitges beaches do not have so much of the hedonistic atmosphere and have shallow waters which are great for paddling in when your youngsters have not learned to swim yet.
For a different type of beach head west of Sitges and you will find quiet almost deserted beaches including many beaches for nude sunbathing (naturists).
The beach of Playa de las Balmins is the most popular gay beach especially with gay naturists.
GETTING TO SITGES
By Bus: The closet airport to Sitges is at Barcelona. Another option is the airport at Girona. From Barcelona airport you can get a MonBus bus service directly to Sitges.
By Train: From Barcelona airport you can get a train which goes via Barcelona’s Sants station.
Below is a Google map of Sitges:
HISTORY OF SITGES
Sitges first became fashionable in the late 19th century when writers and artists were attracted to what was then a picturesque little fishing village.
The old town of Sitges is at the very centre of Sitges and this old quarter dates back to ancient medieval times. The streets are very narrow and are cobblestoned and lined with tiny fishermen’s cottages complete with terracotta roofs. In the old town are the Baroque-style church and what remains of the medieval walls which used to surround Sitges.
For visitors to Sitges interested in history there are a number of noteworthy museums and art galleries.
Make sure you visit the Museu Cau Ferrat. This is actually an old fisherman’s cottages and was once home to the well-known artist Santiago Rusinol. The Museu Cau Ferrat displays paintings and ceramics from Pablo Picasso, El Greco and Santiago Rusinol.
We also recommend a visit to the Museu Marciel. This museum houses a fantastic collection of statues, paintings, ceramics and furniture assembled by the American collector Charles Deering. The museum itself is located within a former hospital dating back to the 14th century.
The Museu Romantic in Sitges occupies the 18th century home of the very wealthy Falc and Llopis families. The museum houses a fine collection of period furniture and antique dolls.
FIESTAS IN SITGES
Sitges is becoming increasingly renowned for its dazzling and colourful festivals which are real extravaganzas. Many of the fiestas (festivals) in Sitges take place during the time of Lent.
The most recognised festival is called the Sitges Gay Carnival which is usually held in late January and early February.
Look out for the famous grand parade. The Catalan Film Festival in Sitges takes place in the autumn and is very popular.
SITGES AND THE GAY COMMUNITY
Because Sitges became fashionable with the artistic and writer set, it gained a reputation for being an open-minded and bohemian town. Now Sitges has a reputation as a popular tourist destination for gay people. There are gay bars and clubs and the gay carnival is famous throughout Europe.
The big event each year is the Sitges Pride Festival. In 2012 this event will take place over five days from Thursday the 5th of July to Monday the 9th of July.
EXCURSIONS AND DAYS OUT
If you are staying in Sitges or going on holiday to Sitges then do consider these ideas for excursions so you make the most of your trip to Spain’s Costa Dorada:
1. Trip to the glamorous big city of Barcelona.
2. The inland city of Girona is a popular tourist destination.
3. For bigger more lively beach resorts consider day trips to Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar.
4. Go into the mountains and go sking.
OFFICIAL TOURIST OFFICE IN SITGES
Tourist Information Office
Plaza Eduard Maristany, 2
Tel. (+34) 93 894 4251
Fax. (+34) 93 894 1521
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