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Cuisine A Mediterranean Morsel This culinary tour starts in Barcelona,
one of the main culinary capitals in the Mediterranean. Walk about the
Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s architectural creations. On the Costa
Brava you will...more...
Village Explorations and Walking Excursions from Barcelona Enjoy
a full day adventure exploring a medieval village’s winding cobblestone
streets and buildings dating back more than 500 years....more...
Excursion Along the Costa Brava from Barcelona Enjoy a full day
excursion from Barcelona to the Costa Brava...more...
Class in Amporda Costa Brava Catalonia If you are interested in
learning how to prepare Spanish dishes but you do not have too much time
to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three
course lunch in the Costa Brava region…more...
Vacation in El Priorat Catalonia Spain Enjoy a Cooking Vacation
in the Charming Catalan village of El Masroig at "Can Miquelet del Mano",
a 4th generation family house built in stone. Learn to cook Catalan dishes
with some excursion to visit the wineries of the Priorat wine region...more...
and Wine tasting Tour in El Penedes wine country from Barcelona
Day excursions for small group wine tours and wine tasting in Catalonia.
Enjoy Catalonia, Spain's finest wines, cavas and foods mixed with great
the Jewish Gems of Catalonia Spain On this private self-drive tour
you will have the opportunity to discover the Jewish Heritage of Catalonia
Spain. Along the way you will have some private guides to full experience
the historic sites…more...
the Costa Brava Cliffs and Coves walking hiking routes and coastal villages
On these walking routes you’ll find innumerable links to Catalonia’s rich
history: old, winding stone walls, dolmens (old shelters), castle and monastery
ruins, olive orchards and intricately terraced mountainsides…more...
Food and Wine Weekend in El Priorat Catalonia Spain Enjoy 1, 2
or 3 days discovering the fantastic and world renown Region of Priorat,
learning the basics of Catalan cuisine and wine, with cooking classes,
private olive oil tasting presentation, and winery visits…more...
Beach side Honeymoon in Sitges Costa Brava and Mallorca Island
This honeymoon has been designed for honeymooners that would like to relax
on romantic beaches and do some sightseeing as they please. 1st part of
the vacation in Sitges near Barcelona. 2nd half of the trip is spent on
the Balearic Island of Mallorca...more...
Southern Catalunya Biking Wine Tour A week long biking tour package
of Southern Catalunya following through the wine and olive regions of Penedes,
Conca de Barbera, Priorat, Tarragona...more...
Wine Tour to Torres Winery where Fine Wine of the Penedes Region is Born
and Raised Witness for yourself the thousand year old tradition
of winemaking at the renowned Torres Winery on this private tour from Barcelona…more...
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Spain: Girona and the Dali Triangle
- Resort for Alternative Lifestyles by Jakob Jelling
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.
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
In addition to its rich heritage,
Sitges is convenient to Barcelona (a 30-minute train trip or 45-minute
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.
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
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.
|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
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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About the Author: Jakob Jelling
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if you're planning a trip to Spain.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.