Out of the nearby towns around Barcelona, Sitges is definitely one of the most visited, and has become a hot spot for its sandy beaches, active nightlife and historical landmarks. Regarded as main-land Ibiza or the Saint -Tropez of Spain by many, Sitges nowadays is also a popular gay and lesbian destination, and one of the most gay-friendly towns in the world.
Sitges is the representation of the true Mediterranean village. No less than 17 beaches can be found along the Sitges’ coastline, creating an appeal that hasn’t gone unnoticed by more than 9,000 foreigners that make up more than 30% of the permanent population of Sitges, mostly coming from Scandinavia, the UK and Netherlands.
The big demand, as well as its proximity to Barcelona and the Prat International Airport, has created a considerable increase in prices, especially in the real state market.
Festivals and Celebrations in Sitges
Besides its Mediterranean appeal of sunny days, beaches and good gastronomy, Sitges 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 celebrity names among past editions are: Quentin Tarantino, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas and Guillermo del Toro, among many 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, featuring parties and events such as Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga impersonators, Tribute to Abba, Mr. Gay Pride Spain, Miss Drag Queen Sitges, High Heel Race, White Night Party, beach parties and even some pre-events from the Circuit Festival.
The Carnival which has been celebrated at Sitges 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.
How to get to Sitges:
Metro and Train: Take the Metro on 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.
Map of the Area
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