The Gay Saint Tropez of Spain
Sitges is a famous chic and wealthy resort a few kilometers south of Barcelona. It can be reached from the Sants Station in just 35 minutes, and it is extremely close to El Prat Airport.
In the 60’s, Sitges became one of the first gay destinations in Europe, as the general atmosphere was pretty liberal, and the small village was considered as a center of Spanish counterculture.
It offers an exceptionally mild and sunny climate even in winter.
This is due to a microclimate which brings sunshine 300 days a year.
The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area. You can easily explore walking by your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador to show you around.
The promenade is lined with classy bars, chic restaurant terraces, sunny cafes, four stars hotels and lavish waterfront properties.
If you get an overdose of sun, pecs, and beaches
or if you need a calm afternoon with some aircon to recover from a hangover, there are three excellent museums to visit in Sitges.
The first one is Maricel Museum, which houses the eclectic collection belonging to Doctor Jesús Pérez-Rosales, a famous gynecologist 😉. The vast collection goes from Romanesque sculptures to local painters of the 19th and 20th century, when the city was an essential retreat for Catalan artists.
Another great place to visit is Cau Ferrat, which wa the home and study of artist and writer Santiago Rusiñol, one of the most important figures of the Modernist movement in Catalonia.
The last one is Museu Romàntic located in a beautiful 18th century Palace. It takes the visitors back in time to plunge into the everyday atmosphere of a wealthy 19th-century family.
Gay events in Sitges
You can visit Sitges in October for its Horror Film Festival, which has been running since 1968.
In February, the flamboyant Sitges Carnival is one of the most extravagant fiestas in all of Spain, filling the narrow streets with dancing, music, and parades for a whole week.
In May, you can attend the Sitges Gay Spring Break and in June, the Sitges Gay Pride, which is one of the most significant gay events in Catalonia.
In September you can attend the Sitges Bear week, certainly the biggest and most popular Bear event in Europe.
Gay areas in Sitges
All of Sitges can be considered as a gay district. Each street has its style, and there are many options to choose from. Tons of bars and pubs follow each other among the narrow streets.
Gay Beaches in Sitges
There are 17 beaches in Sitges to laze all day, but some of them are more gay-oriented than others.
The closest beach from the center is the one which is just in front of the luxurious Gallipoli Hotel.
Balmins Beach, 20 minutes walking from the center, it is more for nudists and bears. It is the epicenter of the city during the Sitges Bear week in September.
The last gay beach, Playa del Muerto, is about 3 kilometers from the center. You can go there walking or by having a nice bike trip through the beach promenade. Then you will experiment a pretty tricky path.
To know a bit more about Spain, you can have a look as well on our Gay Guides for Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Girona or Alicante. And of course on Maspalomas and Torremolinos for
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