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.
Is Sitges under lock-down?
Note: – On the 20th of August, the following ordinances apply to Sitges.
- Restaurants are open until 1.am – last customers can enter at 00.00, no later.
- Terrace bars are open until 1.am – last customers can enter at 00.00, no later.
- Musical Bars and discos are closed (Music bars are bars where you can dance and normally stay open until 3am)
Sitges is not under a lock-down. Some parts of Barcelona (mostly in the metropolitan area) have faced voluntary quarantine measures. Residents have been advised to stay at home. Sitges has not been included in those measures, however out of an abundance of caution, we would recommend that you remain in Sitges during your stay and avoid any unnecessary trips to the city until the recommended lock-down measures have been lifted for Barcelona.
There are a lot of rumors and discussions online and in groups regarding the future of travel in Spain. The fact is, no one knows what will happen and as such, the rumors are unfounded.
Barcelona airport is open and currently there will are no plans to close to the Spanish borders. Sitges remains open and with a very low COVID R rate. The village has tight controls around groups on the street and on the beaches and everyone is obeying the laws and wearing masks.
Do I have to wear a face mask in Sitges?
Catalonia’s Civil Protection have stated that the use of face masks is mandatory throughout Catalonia to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Government spokesperson stated that the rules apply in “both public and private” spaces, even when the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be guaranteed. You will need to carry a mask with you at all times and wear it when walking the streets, getting to and from the beach, shopping in supermarkets and stores and going to and from restaurants and bars.
When Can I Travel to Sitges?
Update – August 2020
Important Information about traveling to and from the airport to Sitges!
Please note that the Mon Bus to and from Sitges to the airport is now called, “Plana Autocars”. There is a special timetable for the current Covid situation.
Ryanair, EasyJet, Wizz Air, Transavia, Air Baltic, Air Moldova, Pegasus and Volotea all returned to Terminal 2 on July 24th.
If you are arriving at Terminal 2 and want to get the train to Sitges, you can take the shuttle bus to get between terminals.
Visitors from European Union
At present, only Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden have not advised avoiding travel to Spain due to COVID-19 developments.
It is important to note that cases of COVID 19 in Sitges remain extremely low and that tourists are still visiting us and choose to quarantine on return to their own country.
When traveling to Spain, the following will apply:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
- Temperature check
- Undergo a visual health assessment
You can pre-fill out the required forms and receive a QR code that you can show on arrival.
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Currently, visitors from following countries are allowed to visit Spain: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea,Uruguay
Note this list is constantly changing, so you should check with your embassy before planning your trip to Sitges.
What is it like in Sitges now?
Sitges is out of lock-down and the state of emergency is over. The beaches are open. All the terrace bars are open. The night bars are open with reduced capacity. Masks are required at all times.
I plan on visiting this Summer, will it be busy in Sitges? Is it Safe?
This is the most common question we have from visitors. As international flights return to Barcelona El Prat, we expect an increase in the number of visitors. Currently hotels are offering deals to people traveling in July and August. Some hotels have already seen their occupancy rates go from 20% to 50%, so if this trend continues, it will be a busy season, but not as busy as previous years.
All of the bars and restaurants have instituted the recommended health and safety procedures recommended by government authorities. Bars and restaurants are also limiting their numbers to the figures set by the government. This number will be adjusted as the Summer progresses.
The village is safe to visit, but no where in the world is risk-free. It also depends on your health status. If you are in an at-risk category, you need to carefully consider your decision to travel.
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Are Sitges Beaches Open?
Currently the beaches are open for all activities. The beaches of Sitges opened for sunbathing on the 2nd of June.
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Bears Week September Edition is set to go ahead, with some changes to be confirmed.
Which events have been cancelled/postponed?
The Sitges Tapas Festival, The May Bear Week and Sitges Pride have all been postponed. The Corpus Flower Festival street decorations have been cancelled.
As of July 21st Sitges Bears Week – Organizers have been told by the council that the bear village on the sea front will not be permitted, however as many people are already traveling for the event, organisers have said they will work on other events that will allow for social-distancing.
An official statement reads: “Dear friends, as we have been reporting as the situation of COVID19 is progressing differently in different places. The Bears Sitges Association has decided not to convene its own activities for this year. However, for the many Bears who have decided to keep your holidays in Sitges, some of our sponsors and friends have decided to offer some activities, services and special offers for you all”
So essentially, while the bears week village and events have been cancelled, Sitges will still be open for business and many bears will visit during these dates.
Fiesta Mayor has also cancelled all the traditional dances and street parades and is working on a new program of events.
Do you have dates for Sitges events in 2021?
- Sitges Carnival – 9th to 17th Feb 2021
- Easter in Sitges – 1st to 5th Apr 2021
- Bears Week May Edition – 29th Apr to 2nd May 2021
- Bears Week Sept Edition – 3rd to 12th Sept 2021
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