May 3rd. 2016
Gay Sitges Travel Guide
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.
Gay events in Sitges 2016
|May 4th to 10th. 2016||Delice Dream||Details|
|June 16th to 20th. 2016||Sitges Gay Pride 2016||Details|
|September 2nd to 11th. 2016||Bears Sitges Week 2016||Details|
See also Gay Barcelona events
Sitges hotels most popular with gay folk
|Galeon Hotel||El Cid Hotel||Casa Rainbow||Parrots Sitges||Calipolis Hotel|
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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.
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.