October 19th. 2017
Not only is Sitges beautiful in every respect, from its quaint, narrow streets to its beautiful beaches but in terms of sheer convenience for the gay holiday maker, there’s nowhere else like it. Everything from the gay bars to the gay discos to the gay restaurants to the gay beaches to the gay cruising area to gay shopping to your gay hotel are all within a 5 minute walk of each other. Diversity is the norm in Sitges rather than the exception and people from all walks of life are made welcome. If you’ve always wondered what the world would be like if we could all live side by side without sexual orientation being an issue, this is where to see how it’s done! If you’ve never been to Sitges, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Sitges is located 35 km (22 mi) south-west of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The epicentre of gay activity is a tightly compact area, referred to as the Gay Village. It is centered on Carrer de Joan Tarrida, with Plaça de la Indústria at its west end and Carrer Bonaire at its east end, which is where the Bear Village is located, during Sitges’ highly popular bear events.
Gay Events in Sitges 2018
|April 26th to May 1st.||Bears Sitges Meeting||Bear||Large Bear Gathering.||Details|
|June 14th to 18th.||Sitges Gay Pride||Pride||Gay Pride Celebration||Details|
Very popular with gay folk In the centre of Sitges, seconds from the town square. 4 minutes walk from the beach. Housed in a striking Modernist building, Hotel Medium Sitges Park features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool set in gardens. All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Full details, prices & availability
Popular with gay folk Outdoor pool and garden area, free Wi-Fi throughout and a free tea/coffee service on the ground floor. The extensive buffet breakfast includes cava. The rooms at the Galeon Hotel come with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a pillow menu. Outdoor swimming pool. Full details, prices & availability
Gay Apartment Complex Each apartment comes with its own kitchen, allowing you the freedom to prepare your own meals. They are surrounded by a pleasant garden and spacious terrace where you can soak up the sun in peace. Full details, prices & availability
Unspoiled by the boom: Sitges is one of very few holiday retreats in Spain that was unspoiled by the tourist boom of the 60’s and 70’s and the consequent concrete tower buildings because it was already well established as a holiday getaway for the affluent Barcelonians and Cuban sugar and cigar importers since the 1800’s. Many of their beautiful homes still exist in the Calle Isla de Cuba area and all along the sea front, though they are now converted to hotels, restaurants or apartments. If you walk around the old, old part of Sitges in the area of the church, you’ll see blue lines painted along the bottom of many homes. They were/are fishermen’s homes. It’s a sign to keep quiet as they sleep by day. Sitges carnival is the only carnival in Spain that continued to run every year throughout Franco’s reign. Franco banned all such fiestas but Sitges refused to give in. How do I say Sitges? Sitges is pronounced very much like ‘Seechez’ but say it very rapidly with the ‘e’ in ‘chez’ almost silent. It is not pronounced like ‘Sitchez’, but even if you can’t say it, you’re not alone. Most Spanish people can’t say it either because it’s a Catalonian word and in Castellano (Spanish) two consonants rarely follow each other and in no instance does a ‘g’ follow a ‘t’ in Spanish so they get all tongue tied too.
Major Annual Events in Sitges
|February 8th to 14th. 2018||Sitges Carnival||Details|
|March||Sitges Vintage Car Rally||Details|
|May or June||Corpus de Sitges||Details|
|August||Sitges Festa Major||Details|
|October 5th to 15th. 2017||International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia||Details|
Getting from Barcelona Airport to Sitges
Barcelona airport is 32 km (20 mi) from Sitges. By train: Take the train from the airport to El Prat de Llobregat (1st station). Change to a train for Sitges. By bus: There is a bus every hour from T1 to Sitges. (Take the shuttle bus from T2 to T1). By taxi: 75€. By car: C31 & C32 or C31 only, which is a winding but scenic route. (C32 is a toll road, but much quicker). From the train or bus station, some hotels are just a couple of minutes walk away, but if yours is on or near the sea front, you might want to take a taxi, as its at least a good 10 minutes walk.