An array of beaches
Sitges is home to an impressive 17 sandy beaches, the more popular of which are on the eastern side of town. Most have been awarded a Blue Flag certificate for their excellence in cleanliness and quality and make for scenic spots to enjoy the Spanish rays from a comfy sun lounger or towel. A few of Sitges’ beaches are designated nudist beaches, like the Platja dels Balmains and the Platja d’Aiguadolc.
Along the coast is the Passeig Martim, a seaside promenade that is a scenic spot for afternoon or evening strolls. Dotting its walkway are a number of seats for visitors to pause beside the waterfront and enjoy the salty breeze.
The area is renowned for having a wild nightlife, with bars and clubs that keep the party going until the sun rises. Here, you’ll find a range of gay-friendly bars with live music and drag shows, and waterfront booths with gorgeous views of the beach.
You can start the night with a fresh mojito at quieter spots like El Soltano de Mama before moving onto a busier club. El Piano offers live show tunes and theatre-themed decor, while at the Nirvana Lounge neon-lit bars and chandeliers hanging overhead give an extra pop of glamour to a great night out.
As one of Spain’s artsy hubs and a leader in the 1960s counterculture movement, Sitges is a hotspot for cultural celebrations. In October it hosts the world-renowned Sitges Film Festival, which is regarded as one of the biggest and best festivals for fantasy and horror films, attracting artists and genre enthusiasts alike from all over the globe.
For those booking Costa Dorada package holidays between February and March, it also hosts a wonderful Carnival celebration. For these few party-driven weeks, wildly colourful celebrations and parades dominate the streets and see more than 2,000 participants gathering to join in festivities.
As it’s sandwiched between the water and the Garraf Massif, Sitges is treated to gorgeous natural landscapes. Its rugged cliff sides and rich greenery make it a stunning spot for hikers wanting to explore the area’s rocky coast. It’s also home to the first monastery in Catalonia, where visitors are invited to tour its adjoining museum, revealing Tibetan culture.
The adventurous can trek up to one of the highest points in the Garraf Massif, known as La Morella, which rises up 593 metres above sea level. Here you’ll be treated to breath-taking views that extend all the way out to the sea.
Sitges features a number of tapas restaurants in the town centre and along the coast. It also boasts its own unique culinary traditions that allow for visitors to dine like a local, either at a stand alone restaurant or in an All Inclusive Costa Dorada hotel. One popular dish is called xato, which is a seafood salad drenched in a hot chilli sauce. You also might consider giving coca de llardons a try – it’s a traditional dessert dish made of pork scratchings.
Another specialty is Malvasia, a sweet liqueur wine traditionally made from Greek grapes – though it’s now become a popular custom all over – and typically served with dessert.
The town is also home to a number of upscale restaurants that highlight Spanish food with an international twist, featuring fresh ingredients and, as is customary to the area, heaps of seafood dishes.