Why you should go to Sitges !

Sitges is a popular day-trip by bus or train from Barcelona, but it is a stand-alone destination for anyone loving fun in the sun. One of the gayest of gay beaches, Sitges - a former fishing village and artists' colony - boasts 2.5 miles (4 km) of glorious beaches and at least 300 days of sun each year. Its five-day Pride celebration each June attracts more than 45,000 people. Beaches are packed with sun worshipers during the July through September summer season. Clubs and restaurants have abbreviated hours the rest of the year, but it hosts one of the world's most exuberant carnivals each spring and off-season party weekends.

Most activities are within walking distance, but the hills behind the town offer the allure of vineyards, a Buddhist monastery and hiking. The town also has an active cultural life with art galleries and museums. Sitges is one big gayborhood with many of the bars and clubs concentrated around Bonaire and Joan Tarrida Streets. Although Bassa Rodonda directly below Pic Nic Restaurant is considered the main gay beach, all beaches are gay-friendly and Las Balmins and Del Meurto are gay and mixed nudist beaches.

But the Pink Triangle, the first LGBTQ monument in Spain, reminds visitors that Sitges was not always so welcoming. It was erected in 2006, 10 years after a police crackdown of gay men on the beach at night and the murder of a gay waiter. Its inscription reads: "Sitges against homophobia - 'Never again' - October 5th 1996 - 2006."

Finger-Food Tapas

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Watch Your Stuff

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Que parla català?

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If you want to see and be seen, party or just soak up the sun on the beach it's the perfect destination. If your after a quieter, romantic time then this place should be avoided. The bars and restaurants are expensive and although it nice to be able to walk down the street hand in hand sometimes the blazing, in your face LBGT gets a bit tiresome

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Perfect summer destination close to Barcelona! A must go!

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not far from Barcelona by train and great place to meet LGBTQ people. Little village with charming restaurants & bars. Beach was clean and always possible to " play"

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Getting around

The closest airport is Barcelona some 12 miles (20 km) to the north. A Sitges-bound bus stops at the airport twice an hour during the day. Traveling by rail requires taking the airport train from Terminal 2 to El Prat de Llobregat (first stop) where you can transfer to a Sitges train. Taxis and car rentals are also available at the airport.

While tourists coming by air may prefer to rent automobiles at the Barcelona Airport, cars can also be rented in Sitges through a local agency or Oder (formerly Avis), both in the center of the city.

Bicycles can be rented and are sometimes provided by hotels. The village has several bicycle paths, painted red, and parking areas for bicycles. Bikes chained to railings, lampposts or other structures risk a fine and being towed.

In Barcelona, the MonBus daytime buses to Sitges leave from the Plaza Espanya and Ronda Universitat and make a stop at the Barcelona Airport on the way. Buses run twice an hour Monday through Friday, hourly on Saturdays and nine times on Sundays holidays. The journey takes less than an hour but longer with weekend traffic. At night, the company's buses are labeled by number (N30, N31 or N32) and leave from Plaza Catalunya four times an hour between 12:55 and 4:50 am, going directly to Sitges in about 35 minutes. Tickets are sold on the buses for €4. Three village bus routes connect neighborhoods around town, all three leaving from the train station.
Sitges has two taxi companies. Cabs can be hailed on the street, called for pickup or engaged at the train station or in front of the tourist office. Some taxis take credit cards, but check before you get in.