The beaches of SitgesSitges seaside
One of Sitges great attractions has to be the sandy beaches. There are seventeen in total catering for all tastes: gay, mixed, nudist and family beaches. Facilities on each beach vary but most have showers, hire of sun loungers and parasols and some have a beach bars. On Fragata beach there are volley ball nets for everyone to enjoy and also Pedalo hire. The main gay beach is playa de la Rodona and gets very busy in July and August. Above all, the weather in Sitges is fantastic and is one of the reasons for many foreigners settling here. Even in winter you can see people sunbathing whilst local Catalans are wrapped up in scarves and winter coats!
Sitges NightlifeBars, Clubs and much more
Sitges is equally famous for its nightlife as there are hundreds of bars and clubs to cater for all tastes. Gay visitors can relax in the liberal atmosphere which helps attract thousands of people to Sitges each year. Carnival is a great time to visit Sitges whether gay or straight and either just soak up whats going on or join in and dress up. So, out for an aperitif, seafood for dinner and then on to your favourite club to dance off the calories.
CultureModernismo, museums and art
Sitges has been known as a cultural centre since the beginning of the modernisme movement thanks to the Bohemian artist and Sitges resident, Santiago Rusiñol. The museums Can Ferrat and Maricel are the real must see cultural activities in Sitges and it is worth paying a visit to the picturesque Old Quarter for some wonderful architecture. Museu del Cau Ferrat: The Catalán artist Santiago Rusiñol combined two 16th- century cottages to make this house where he lived and worked. In 1931 he bequethed the house to Sitges along with his art collection. In addition to his own work, the museum collection includes two paintings by El Greco and several small Picassos. Museu Maricel: Opened by the king and queen of Spain, the Museu Maricel contains art donated by Dr Jesús Pérez Rosales. The palace, owned by American Charles Deering when it was built right after World War I is made up of two parts connected by a small bridge. The museum has a good collection of Gothic and Romantic paintings and sculptures, as well as Catalán ceramics. There are three noteworthy works by Santiago Rebull and an allegorical painting of World War I by José María Sert. Museu Romantico Can Llopis: This museum re-creates the daily life of a Sitges land-owning family in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are family rooms, furniture, and household objects with wine cellars downstairs and a collection of antique dolls upstairs.
The charming old quarter of Sitges with beautiful architecture and cobbled streets