Out of the nearby towns around Barcelona, Sitges is definitely one of the most visited. It has become a hot spot for its sandy beaches, active nightlife and historical landmarks. Is widely regarded as the main-land Ibiza or the Saint -Tropez of Spain.
Sitges: Mediterranean charm
Sitges is the representation of the true Mediterranean village, with at least 17 beaches along its coastline. Its appeal that hasn’t gone unnoticed by more than 9,000 foreigners that make up more than 30% of its permanent population.
Nowadays is also a popular gay and lesbian destination, and one of the most gay-friendly towns in the world.
Its proximity to Barcelona and the airport, has made Sitges one of the most demanded destinations in Catalonia.
Festivals and Celebrations
Apart from the sunny days, beaches and good gastronomy, this town is famous also for hosting several festivities all year long: The Sitges Film Festival a huge event that takes place every October since 1967.
One of the most established Film Festivals in Europe, it showcases mainly fantasy and horror movies. Big names among past editions are: Quentin Tarantino, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas and Guillermo del Toro, among others.One of the most peculiar attractions is the “Zombie walk” taking place down Sitges’ streets, with free makeup provided by the Festival.
Another big yearly festival is non other than the Gay Sitges Pride. Although it just held its third edition, it has already become one of the main attractions in town.
It features parties and events such as Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga impersonators, tributes to Abba, Mr. Gay Pride Spain, High Heel Race, White Night Party, beach parties and even some pre-events from the Circuit Festival.
Carnival at Sitges
The carnival which has been celebrated nonstop for over a century now on the months of february or march. The event has become so notorious, that it draws big crowds every year from Barcelona and nearby towns, eclipsing other carnival festivals.
The biggest night is when the Debauchery Parade takes over and more than 2,000 people in disguise, extravangantly take the streets in a party that’s all about having fun.
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How to get there
Metro: Take Line 3 or 5 to Sants Station, then change to RENFE train directly to Sitges.
Bus: Monbus Bus Company. Bus stop at Ronda Universitat 33.
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