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Sitges - Resort for Alternative Lifestyles   by Jakob Jelling

Sitges Featured Hotels

Located on the Costa Dorada, Sitges is wildly popular among the southern Europe resorts, particularly with gay tourists. It gets very crowded during the summer, and most of the tourists at this time are young swinging Europeans. Yet Sitges never gets tacky, as so many gay-oriented resorts do.

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Instead, Sitges is a city rich with culture and Bohemian ideals. The Spanish modernismo movement sprang from the artists and craftsmen here, and Sitges still is at the core of much of Spain's arts. Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca both visited here during the heyday of Sitges, which ended abruptly with the Spanish Civil War. Sitges is still a city of art, but it has never regained its prior prestige.

In addition to its rich heritage, Sitges is convenient to Barcelona (a 30-minute train trip or 45-minute drive).

What to Do

The Carnaval of Sitges, just before Lent, is a kaleidoscope of fancy dress, feathers and sequins, and vibrant floats. The King of the Carnestoltes starts the party on the Thursday prior to Lent, and the carnival ends on Ash Wednesday with the Burial of a Sardine. Sant Bonaventura is when the gay population of Sitges hold their own grand celebrations.
If you're gay, this is a perfect place to party while you vacation. Sitges has beaches and bars close together, but it's not so large that you get lost in the crowd. Summer and Carnival are the times to mingle with the gay crowd; in the off season, Sitges gets quiet.

During summer, though, one beach is primarily gay, while the other is very much a nudist beach, further out of town between Sitges and Vilanova. If you can't find the nude beach, stop at the L'Atlantida disco and ask for directions.

There are other beaches, of course, and water sports from swimming and sunbathing to waterskiing and scuba diving. The beaches to the east tend to be quieter -- Aiguadoic and Els Balomins are examples of these. 

Seafront Church, Sitges, Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada), Catalonia, Spain
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The Playa San Sebastian, the Beach of the Boats, and Fragata Beach cater to families. The Playa de la Ribera is where the younger crowd go. All beaches here are top-optional for women.

For more intellectual pursuits, there are three excellent museums in Stiges. The Museu Cau Ferrat, in a building that was once two 16th century cottages, was Santiago Rusinol's home, and today holds his works as well as paintings by El Greco and some small Picassos. The Museu Maricel holds Gothic and Romantic paintings and sculptures as well as ceramics from Catalan. And the Museu Romantic, you can see how a Sitges family of wealth lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Where To Stay

San Sebastian Playa is probably the best hotel in Sitges. Located right across from San Sebastian beach, it has a wedding-cake facade and an Art Deco interior. Each guest room has a balcony overlooking the sea. Its amenities include a restaurant, bar, and private garden, as well as babysitting for anyone who needs it.

If you prefer to be inland, the Hotel El Xalet is a ten-minute walk from the nearest beach. This contemporary Modernista hotel almost looks like a Gothic church. Antique mosaics in the lobby give the hotel a unique atmosphere. You'll also find a small pool in the private garden and a refreshing roof terrace to have breakfast on. The restaurant is open only during the summer.
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Where to Eat

El Velero, on a beachfront promenade, is one of the best restaurants in Sitges. The glass greenhouse terrace holds the best seats. The food is excellent, with a focus on fresh seafood.

With cocina del mercado, or whatever's fresh in the market, cuisine, Els Quatre Gats is named for an old Barcelona cafe that Picasso favored. Enjoy fresh grilled fish, lamb with local herbs, veal kidneys in sherry sauce, and garlic soup, this restaurant is sure to please your palate. 

And the restaurant's only a few steps away from Passeig de la Ribera.


The nightlife in Stiges is hectic, colorful, and primarily gay, so if you're straight you may have trouble finding a bar for you. Look for the maps that are distributed to show you where the gay bars are.

The largest gay disco bar is Mediterraneo, in a restored 1690s house. You'll love the covered terrace, the Iberian garden, and the company. Bourbon is another great gay bar for the younger set.

For a mixed crowd, try Ricky's Disco. It's near the beach, and has a really great dance mix.

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Antemare & Spa Hotel, Sitges
The Antemare Hotel is a modern hotel situated in a residential area of Sitges, 50 metres from the beach and 30 kilometres from Barcelona city centre.  Several museums and galleries are within one kilometre of the hotel and La Geltru castle is six kilometres away. The hotel's Thalassotherapy centre offers a range of health and beauty treatments; guests can relax in the seawater multi jet bath, enjoy a session in the sauna or steam room, or have a therapeutic massage. Guests can also take a dip in the outdoor pool with its separate children's area or relax on the sun deck. Parents will appreciate the babysitting service. The hotel's restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers al fresco dining in the summer months and serves seasonal Mediterranean specialities. Before or after a meal, guests can relax with a drink in the bar. 
Dolce Sitges - Spa Hotel & Conference Centre, Sitges
The modern Dolce Sitges spa hotel and conference centre is located in Sitges, Spain. It is within two-and-a-half kilometres of the beaches and town centre of Sitges. The city of Barcelona is 35 kilometres from the hotel. The lobby has seating areas and a wall of windows looking out towards the sea.  The relaxed Verema restaurant is a buffet-style dining room serving a wide selection of dishes. Esmarris is an a la carte restaurant with a menu of Mediterranean specialities. There are two bars, the poolside Cala Morisca, and informal indoor Malvasia, offer snacks and drinks.  The hotel has a choice of four outdoor pools, including one for children, and another pool indoors at the fitness centre and spa.  Hot tub, sauna, steam bath, gym with aerobic classes, and beauty and therapeutic treatments from massage to manicures are available in the spa. 
Hotel Celimar, Sitges
The Hotel Celimar is a modernist 19th-century property set right on the seafront in Sitges, 25 metres from the beach and 36 kilometres from Barcelona city centre. The hotel's location right on the beach promenade provides guests with plenty of opportunities for enjoying water sports and sea swimming, as well as strolling along the seafront. After enjoying a buffet breakfast, guests can relax with a coffee on the hotel's outdoor terrace and take in views of the sea.  Wireless Internet access is available throughout the property for those who want to plan sightseeing itineraries or keep in touch with friends and family. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can look after valuable items in the safe-deposit box and provide room service (limited hours). Parking can be arranged nearby, and an express check-in/out service is available. 
Hotel San Sebastian Playa, Sitges
Hotel San Sebastian Playa is a white seafront hotel overlooking San Sebastian beach by Sitges old town, 500 metres from the lively main promenade and town centre. Built in 1991, it has Moorish style design with large archways and curved balconies.  Guests can spend lazy days by the pool on sun loungers under parasols, enjoying beach and sea views from the tropical garden terrace, unwind with a drink from the bar, and relax in the lounge area with its eye-catching Modernista staircase. Overlooking the pool and tropical garden with sea views, the restaurant serves fine Catalonian seafood specialities such as Rice Soup with Lobster. The vibrant resort of Sitges offers four kilometres of sandy beaches as well as many fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants, and plays host to numerous festivals throughout the year, the most famous being Carnival in February.
Melia Sitges
The Melia Sitges is a deluxe hotel situated 20 kilometers from El Prat Airport and 20 minutes from the city center of Barcelona. This hotel is convenient to cultural and sporting attractions as well as some of the finest golf courses in the area. Sitges is a charismatic and cosmopolitan coastal resort in Catalonia, overlooking the Aiguadolç Marina. At the Melia Sitges, guests are not far from the shimmering sandy beaches and the thrilling water sports. The hotel's proximity to Barcelona puts the guest close to the business and excitement of a big city and yet far enough from the hustle of the city to enjoy restful relaxation at the end of the day.  For fitness or fun, work out in the fitness center, relax by the heated swimming pool or spoil yourself with a hydro-massage. The Melia Sitges is convenient to dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
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