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Spain’s St. Tropez

Sitges is a small beach resort with approximately 28.000 inhabitants and is located 30 kilometers from Barcelona. Sitges is famous for the fun atmosphere and the many gays who have made this town their home. The town is also renown as the St. Tropez of Spain. In the past many wealthy Barcelonians picked Sitges as their holiday destination but recently it has become more accessible for everyone. What is unique at this beach resort is its authenticity with few high-rise buildings compared to other seaside resorts in Spain. Sitges is made up of many whitewashed stone houses inspired by Greek styles.

The beach
There are a total of 17 beaches in Sitges across 3 main stretches. Playas de centro is the most popular stretch and it is also the busiest area closest to town. One can find a variety of activities such as pedalos, sunbeds, showers, toilets and also many bars and restaurants. Obviously, the further away one ventures the quieter it gets. Playas Zona Levante and Zona Poniente are slightly further away from the city one can find hidden away coves within these beaches. Several of these coves are still relatively undiscovered and are trickier to access so it could be advised to use a scooter.

Historical Centre
Sitges has a beautiful old center where you can find many boutiques and art galleries. A popular shopping street is called “Cap de la Villa”. If you are looking for a unique dress, a beautiful piece of
jewellery or a fabulous painting, everything is possible in Sitges. One can also find the famous church La punta in the historical centre. This church is considered to be the centre of the city. Most tourists come to this location to take in the panoramic beach views.

Bacardi Museum
The Bacardi Museum is located in the old centre of Sitges in a historical building called “Vell Mercat”. This building is a modernist building from 1890 built by the architect Buigas Gaietá. The museum offers a unique experience where one can learn about the history of Sitges and its connection with the Bacardi family. The history, production and development of Bacardi are all explained in this museum. In the Lounge Bar you can learn how to make the original Bacardi cocktails from professional barmen at a terrace specially opened for visitors.

Cultural events and festivals
Besides the interesting boutiques, museums and beautiful beaches, Sitges is also famous for its cultural events and festivals. The popular and famous international events are the Carnaval, the Gay Pride, the international film and tango festivals. There are also less well-known local events such as La Nit de Foc, La Festa de Major de Santa Tecla and Mare de Deu del Carme that is also a part of the local festivities. These events are definitely recommended to take in the true Spanish atmosphere. You can find everything in Sitges including art, culture, gastronomy, places to go out, beaches, and shops!