Sitges is a small seaside town in the autonomous region of Catalonia, perched on the Costa Garaff only 35 kilometres south of Barcelona.
Sitges biggest claim to fame is its International film festival held every October that attracts thousands of cinema fans, and also a few celebrities from around the world. Sitges is also talked about as being one of the most gay-friendly towns in Europe. As you can imagine the town comes alive each primavera for the week-long carnival celebrations tuning everywhere into one big Bourbon Street. Sitges is the perfect place to relax at or include in your trip to Barcelona.
If you dream about living like one of those famous celebrities who come to Sitges for the film festival book yourself a room at the Dolce Hotel. High up in the hills above the town you have a spectacular view of the bay, and beaches. This gem of a hotel is so nice that you may never want to leave. Just lie back on your sun-lounger by the pool, and let all the worries of everyday life just drift away.
If however you prefer to be in town and go to the beach, the three stars hotel Galeon is the number #1 rated hotel in Sitges according to the popular travel website TripAdvisor. Located in town close to the beach the Galeon is perfect for those long sunny days and party filled nights. Budget options are also available and it may be worth checking out Outlet4Spain.com. They specialise in Sitges accommodation and it is is recommended checking their website for last minute special accommodation deals.
For lunch stop in to one of the bars on the seafront for calamares, boquerones or some wafer thin slices of jamon that Spain is famous for. In the evening you are spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants so a good idea might be to ask one of the local residents where they like to go for dinner. See this article about the wonderful Catalan food that you can sample during your visit.
When the sun goes down and you are ready for the night-life head down to the marina early evening, and stroll through town until you find a bar you like. Most places do not get busy until very late, as the Spanish do not go out until around midnight with the discos being empty till 3am.
Getting To Sitges
As you may have gathered by now Sitges is not your package holiday destination but is the perfect spot for a summer holiday or long weekend being only 20 kilometres from Barcelona’s International airport El Prat (BCN). There is also a railway connection to the centre of Barcelona allowing you to visit this great city easily. On the downside Sitges is very busy on the weekend with the residents of Barcelona heading south for the beaches. While you are in Sitges and want to see a bit more of Spain a popular day trip is a visit to the city of Tarragona and its awesome Roman ruins a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In summing up Sitges the best comparison would be to say it is like having a holiday on the Côte d'Azur, for half the price. Upmarket yes! But with all Sitges has to offer being close to Barcelona and a cheap Easyjet flight from London how can you not visit to check it out for yourself?
John Paul has spent over 3 years travelling around Spain and the Canary Islands and blogs regularly about his travel adventures. This guest post has been contributed on behalf of Outlet4Spain.com, a website specialising in Sitges holiday apartments.