Well-to-do Barcelonans, bohemian artists and an international gay community have all made Sitges what it is today – a cosmopolitan and stylish seaside resort replete with chic boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and first- class restaurants together with almost two miles of soft sandy beach, an immaculately kept promenade and a white-washed, cobble-streeted old town.
Unlike most other coasts in Spain which were taken over by cheap mass tourism in the1970s and 1980s, Sitges fortunately preserved its special atmosphere of a charming and pleasant (but also more expensive) place to relax and have fun. This attracted also more and more gay tourists and expatriates, and in the 1990s Sitges became a gay hotspot. Especially in July and August Sitges is packed with gay men from all over Europe. There are many gay bars, clubs, a gay sauna and 2 gay beaches.
Sitges Carnival in February or March, Sitges Gay Pride in June or July, Festa Major in August and the International Fantasy Film Festival in October are some of the annual festive highlights in Sitges.
DEGREES Tip: Sitges is the perfect complement to Barcelona and is only 30 minutes away!