Sitges Guide

Sitges Guide
photo credit: Alexey Rumjancev

Located about 35km south of Barcelona on the North East coast of Spain, Sitges is a vibrant and bohemian seaside town renowned for its collection of seventeen beaches, various lively nightspots, and an annual International film festival.

Part of the Costa de Garraf region in the autonomous community of Catalonia, Sitges sits nestled between the southern edge of the Garraf Massif mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. As a consequence of its mountain foot location, Sitges is shielded from cold northern winds and enjoys a highly temperate microclimate, with over 300 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures in excess of 18C.

Once a sleepy fishing village, Sitges developed a reputation as a centre for avant-garde Catalan art sometime in the late 19th century, attracting a talented community of painters, writers, sculptors and musicians to set up home in the town. The spirit of this artistic movement still lives on today, with Sitges’ enduring artistic culture captured in the local museums and galleries for all to see.

In more recent times, Sitges has developed in to a popular holiday destination likened to a miniature Ibiza. With over 4,500 tourist beds, seventeen beaches and a vibrant nightlife, Sitges is a cosmopolitan holiday alternative to the busier beach resorts on Spain’s Eastern coast and just a short drive from the bustling city of Barcelona.

A quaint town with whitewashed buildings, narrow streets and a lengthy seafront esplanade, Sitges is home to 25,000 permanent residents from over 70 different countries – though the summer months see the total population swell to around 250,000.

Sitges is especially popular with gay travellers and is considered to be amongst the most gay-friendly holiday destinations in the world.

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