Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sitges - Costa del Garraf Travel Guide

Cosmopolitan town with 17 beaches including gay and nudist beaches.

Beautful coast, great food, nature reserve and fiestas!

•Sitges has an incredible 17 beaches many with soft golden sands, secluded coves and shady forests. It is a distinctly Spanish town which welcomes visitors from all over Europe.

•Sitges is a friendly, slightly bohemian resort and is best suited for the open-minded who will enjoy its art, culture, fine foods and many beaches including both nudist beaches, gay beaches and gay-friendly pub scene.

•Sitges does, however, cater for everyone. It has a lovely long palm fringed broadwalk which runs along the sandy beach and is dotted with watersports, bars, clubs and cafes.

•The nature reserve, the Garraf Massif is close to Sitges and is a great location for walking, climbing and bird watching.

•The charming town centre mixes traditional architecture with contemporary buildings very successfully. It is a cultural spot with many local arts and music events throughout the year. Many sporting events are held in Sitges throughout the year.

•Barcelona (20 minutes), Porta Aventura (40 minutes) and Montserrat (1 hour) are easily visited by car. And there is an excellent train service that also goes to Barcelona.

•Sitges is ideal for sun worshippers, friends, singles, couples, culture vultures, silver surfers and families.

•One of our holidaymakers sums it up like this:

•“Sitges is full of wonderful restaurants, interesting people & I've always loved St Sebastian beach. The resort is wonderful for all ages. It's 29 years since my 1st visit as a newly wed. Had many visits with children, then last visit as a single lady. Every trip very different but very lovely!”

•The beaches in Sitges There is a good choice of beaches here which include traditional family friendly beaches, gay-friendly beaches and nudist beaches.

•“The beaches are all lovely and within spitting distance...... have lifeguards and water sports (in restricted areas)” comments one of our happy holidaymakers in Sitges.

•There are 17 beaches in the area. There are four to the west, eleven near the town, and two in the west which can be tricky to get to. All the eastern and urban beaches have flags indicating the state of the sea and most of them have quality diplomas and blue flags.

•Gay Friendly Beaches in Sitges: The La Platja de la Bossa Rodona, directly below the Picnic Restaurant on the seafront, has been known for years as the gay beach in Sitges.

•Nudist beaches in Sitges: There are nudist beaches at Platja Sant Sebastià, Platja dels Balmins and Platja d'Aiguadolç.


•Sports in Sitges: There are sporting events in Sitges each year including the Half Marathon, the Spanish Beach Volleyball Championship, the Beach Rugby Tournament, the Spanish Enduro Championship and the World Championship of Football Veterans.

•Eating Out in Sitges? The food here is great with much of it produced locally. There are superb local tapas and seafood restaurants, trendy cafes serving european food with a modern twist, and cake shops.

•Best restaurant in Sitges?Our holidaymaker's are unanimous on which is the best restaurant in Sitges. It has to be Santa Maria's on the beachfront with to-die-for paella.

•The best bar in Sitges: There are many contenders for this title, but according to our holidaymakers; the best bar in Sitges is either - “The platjador rooftop bar which is lovely and very cozy to enjoy a beer at night time”. Or “Carmen's cocktail bar on the hotel rooftop terrace, it has stunning views.” If you get the chance to check them both out while on holiday in Sitges, let us know your opinion when you get back

•Nightlife in Sitges: The nightlife in Sitges is relaxed and colourful with both trendy and traditional bars, cafes and cosmopolitan clubs. L'Atlàntida disco on the beach is very popular.

•“To find the gay bars and restaurants, look out for the free maps. The best place to get one in the daytime is from Parrots bar on the Place Industria or just look for the rainbow flag.” advised one of our holidaymakers.

•Car hire in Sitges? There is a good local bus service; and trains to Barcelona. Car hire, however, will save you on the costs of transfers and allow to you explore more places than by rail alone. One of our holidaymakers suggests:

•”The excellent beaches are only on the next road down. If possible hire a car and see some of the other resorts in this area. It only takes approx 20 minutes to Barcelona and 40 mins to Port Aventura. Montserrat is a must and is about 1 hour from the hotel. If possible try to be there when the Sitges festival is on, this is fantastic.”

•Festivals in Sitges: This is one party fiesta town with events throughout the year. The big one is usually the last week in August and is in honour of Sant Bartomeu, the town's Patron Saint. There are usually music festivals in July and August.

•Holidays to Sitges: We have an excellent choice of holidays in Sitges.

•Hotels in Sitges: We have excellent hotels in Sitges, all with our lowest prices guaranteed.

•Cheap Flights to Sitges: We have cheap flights to both Barcelona Prat and Reus airport with all your favourite airlines and operators. The flight takes just over 2 hours from UK airports.

•Car hire in Sitges: There's so much to explore, you would be wise to hire a car. We can offer great deals on car hire in Sitges so check us out when completing your holiday booking.

•Transfers to your hotel in Sitges: We can arrange private taxi transfers from both airports. Barcelona is closer than Reus and therefore cheaper. We can also book UK airport car parks online, plus travel insurance and currency exchange for your holiday.

•The other options include hiring a car or using local train and bus combinations.

•From Reus to Sitges. The bus journey will probably include more than one change, perhaps in Tarragona, depending on day and time of arrival/departure.

•From Barcelona Prat airport to are two ways of getting to Sitges. The MonBus which only runs every two hours. Or the RENFE train from which you will have to change at Barcelona Sants rail station.

•Sitges Hotel Reviews: Written exclusively by genuine customers who have booked and stayed in the hotel.

Did you know? The Garraf massif is a protected natural area and home to rare species like the Bonelli Eagle. It is also a great place for stunning scenery, bird watching walking and climbing.

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