When the Roman’s first visited Spain over two thousand year’s ago they built a town called Subur. Sitges now stands on that very same spot. We all know how the Roman centurions liked to party and that tradition continues to this very day. Welcome to Sitges, a party-town like no other.
Travelling to Sitges is easy, accommodation plentiful, the climate perfectly Mediterranean, the people relaxed, the beaches long and sandy, the food and drink easy to come by and full of regional variety.
Unspoilt by the tourist boom of the 1960’s, Sitges has retained that “picture-postcard” look, with narrow cobbled streets, beautiful Spanish architecture and unspoilt scenic views; a world away from the plastic and the concrete of the more traditional Spanish resorts along the Costa Brava and Costa Del Sol. With a microclimate of its own Sitges has over 300 days of Sunshine with temperatures ranging from 26 degrees to 33 degrees during the Summer months. This is Spain as it was meant to be… but even better!
Sitges has a long-standing gay appeal, being renowned as a bohemian hang-out and artist’s colony since the early nineteenth century. Painters such as Picasso, Dali and Miro adored the town. It was also a favourite of writers including Tennessee Williams and Douglas Fairbanks. The artistic heritage lingers on in several fine galleries and art museums.
The town also boasts some stunning Cuban-style colonial architecture (built on the wealth of the sugar trade), and many grand neo-classical Catalan mansions with magnificent carved timber doors, hand-painted ceramic tile murals, and intricate wrought iron balconies, door lanterns and window grilles.
The first gay disco in Spain opened in Sitges 25 years ago. It is still going stronger than ever. Sitges pool parties, gay beach parties and foam parties, are world renowned. Hands get frisky as the foam level rises.
The resort’s population swells from 30,000 locals to 250,000 revelers during peak season (Late May to end September) with most of the tourists either gay or curious! Off season, Sitges takes on a more relaxed atmosphere has many festivals and events and is perfect for that second holiday or weekend getaway. The influx of tourists essentially makes the town is one big cruising zone, but to help you on your way there are 2 areas where you are definitely in for a treat.
There is 1 gay beach, 2 nudist beaches, 450 Shops, dozens of outdoor cafes, amazing restaurants, 23 gay bars, 4 nightclubs, 2 very busy Saunas and thousand of hot homo hombres to keep you busy. And all within a 10 minute walking distance! So in this case, small really is beautiful! The partying begins early in the evening and doesn’t finish until 6am at the earliest.
There is a fiesta every week in Sitges, or so it seems. The Catalans know how to throw a party and every weekend there is some special event or occasion that deserves the odd firework and a cold glass of sparkling Cava. So whether it’s Carnival in February, Gay Pride in June, the Fiesta Mayor in August or the Film Festival in October, there’s always a party taking place in Sitges.
Sitges has to be one of the easiest gay destinations to visit. It is just 20 minutes train journey from Barcelona. And the resort is the perfect base for exploring the other parts of Catalunya. Universal Studios theme park is nearby at Port Aventura, and the ancient monastery of Montserrat with its breathtaking vistas is in the mountains to the north.