Sitges Travel Advisory
Gay Sitges Guide will bring you up to date information on Sitges as and when we receive it regarding the travel situation in Spain.
UPDATE – July 2021
The Catalan government has announced new restrictions to combat the current wave of Covid. This includes a curfew for all, from 1am to 6am. There is still plenty to do in Sitges between 6am and 1am each day so don’t worry. You will still have fun! Sitges needs your support more than ever! Don’t cancel, just prepare for a different type of holiday and help ensure there Sitges small gay and gay friendly businesses survive.
New Rules as follows:
- All activity, including bars and restaurants (as well as takeaways and delivery), cultural activities, concerts, must close by half past midnight.
- All social gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, both in public and private settings.
- Local authorities are recommended to close all public spaces, including parks and beaches, from 12.30am to 6am.
- The duration of these new rules will be reviewed in 7 days
- For tips on places to explore, check out this Instagram Guide to the top 30 places to have a cocktail in Sitges.
- Residents and tourists are to remain in their hotel and/or at home from 1am to 6am.
- Bars, restaurants, and cafés can open from 6 am to 12.30am.
- Music Bars have been forced to close once again from Friday July 9th for 15 days.
- Capacity is capped at 50% indoors, while there are no limits placed on outdoor seating. Up to 6 people will be allowed to sit together at the same table indoors or 10 outdoors except for larger groups of members of the same household, and everyone must wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.
- Bars and restaurants located inside shopping centers can open.
- Mobility. No mobility restrictions throughout Catalonia and regional borders open.
- Borders. Catalonia’s land borders are open.
- Gyms and sports venues. Gyms and other sports facilities such as swimming pools can open at 70% capacity until 1 am.
- Face masks are compulsory if the activities are indoors and involve over 10 people. When outdoors, there is no obligation to wear face mask and more than 10 people can participate in activities.
- Shops and shopping malls can open at 70% capacity from 6 am to 1 am, within the regular hours each store is usually allowed to operate.
- Public transportation. Including services such as buses, trains, and the subway, it will continue running as usual.
Update for UK Visitors
- Fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July.
- UK visitors, however, still need to pay for Covid tests before and after their return. See below for Covid Test options in Sitges and Barcelona.
Traveling to Catalunya
- 15 airports of the Aena network have COVID-19 diagnostic testing clinics located in the departure area: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao , Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, César Manrique-Lanzarote and La Palma. In Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, Malaga-Costa del Sol and Seville you can book your appointment at https://travelcovidtestcenter.com/es/. In the rest of the airports you can book the appointment at https://eurofins-megalab.com/pruebas-covid-19-en-los-aminos-de-espana/
- If you are coming from abroad, you must fill the Health Control Form (FCS) and show the QR code at the Border Health Control. Get to know more
- From June 7, all passengers in a country or risk zone (except for children under 12 years of age) must provide one of the following supporting documents with the requirements established by the health authority: be vaccinated against COVID -19, recovered from COVID-19 or a diagnostic test (such as PCR or rapid antigen test), performed 48 hours before the trip, which has been negative. At any time, the passenger may be asked to prove these documents. Consult the policy here. Consult the FAQ of Spain Travel Health.
- On 1 July, the EU Digital COVID Certificate came into force. It is a document that allows travel between EU countries with proof that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from the disease or has a negative test from within the last 48-72 hours as established by the different countries. You can apply for it at the following link.
- Incoming flights from Brazil and South Africa are restricted, except for nationals or residents of our country and Andorra. People whose country of origin of travel to Spain is the Republic of India, must remain in quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in Spain, or for the duration of their stay if it is shorter than that. This period may end earlier, if on the seventh day the person is tested for acute infection with negative results.
Where can I get a COVID test in Sitges?
- Polyclinic Sitges provides a covid test. Antigen Test, with appointment and results within 15min for 40€. You need to book early as slots go very fast at moment. PCR tests take longer and you need to book an early morning appointment.
- Synlab in nearby Castelldefells also offers a covid test.
- Echevarne Clinic in Castelldefels 5 mins from train station. No apt necessary. Results for rapid flow test in 20 mins
- Serveis Medic Penedes have clinics in Vilanova and Vilafranca. They offer a 24 hour service. Test taken 10.00 normally back by midnight. Result service is in English and delivery is electronic.
I plan on visiting in Summer 2021, will it be busy in Sitges? Is it Safe?
Since early Summer, life has been returning to a new normality. Bars and restaurants are open. Beaches are also open. Music Bars reopened on San Juan Weekend but have been forced to close from Friday July 9th for 15days.
Currently (Early July) Sitges is seeing a spike in transmission in younger groups, however Vaccination rates are high and hospitalisation rates are still low. However, the decision to travel also depends on your health status. If you are in an at-risk category, you need to carefully consider your options and encourage all visitors to vaccinate before traveling to our village. We suggest you book a hotel or apartment with a flexible cancellation policy.
The Hotel Calipolis offers great seafront rooms and a unique location in Sitges.
Are Sitges beaches open?
Beaches are currently open to the public. Social distancing is enforced and a distance of 2m should be maintained. Currently masks need to be work on the way to and from the beach, but NOT required while sunbathing.
Book a hotel room by the beach, The Hotel Calipolis offers amazing views!
Bears Week September Edition is set to go ahead, with some changes to be confirmed.
Events in Sitges for Summer 2021
NOTE: Many people are putting off their holiday until late August of September, however people are booking in advance and some hotels are already fully booked for key events. It also means that there are some great rates still available for June and July.
Currently. large gatherings are not permitted. The following events have been confirmed by the town council and will operate under reduced capacity restrictions to be determined closer to the start of each event:
- June 4th – 13th, Corpus Festival (Flower Carpets on the 6th)
- June 14th to July 1st – Sitges Gay Film Festival – Mostra de Cinema LGTBIQ+
- Sept 3rd to 11th – Bears Week, September Edition
Gay Pride Sitges may take place later in the Summer. Discussions are underway regarding an alternative program based on how the current situation progresses. We don’t anticipate any update to this until mid June.
Stay in the Hotel Subur in Central Sitges for Less!
The Hotel Subur is located in the heart of Sitges, right opposite the gay beach and offers great value for money, simple clean rooms and a great breakfast.