Located on Spain’s eastern coast and just 35 kilometres south of Barcelona, the popular beachside resort of Sitges is the ideal holiday spot for those seeking sun, nightlife and historical culture.
A popular artist retreat dating as far back as the 19th century, evidence of Sitges’ creative past can be seen throughout the city and not just in its many galleries.
Public paintings and sculptures can be spotted along its charming cobbled streets and open squares. It’s easy to see why Sitges became an important centre of Catalonian Modernism (Modernisme) in the 1960s thanks to local influential arts figures such as Santiago Rusiñol.
However it’s the large number of festivals Sitges holds throughout the year that gives the city its lively reputation. Summer time is when Sitges is at its busiest with the Sitgestiucultura (SitgesSummerCulture) programme playing host to a packed line up of concerts, exhibitions and recitals.
The gay pride festival in July is homage to Sitges popularity as a gay holiday destination and attracts visitors from all over the world. The highlight of the Festa Major celebrations in August is a spectacular firework display around the church and harbour that can be best enjoyed from the town’s beaches.
Every October the world-renowned Sitges Film Festival celebrates the movie genre of fantasy and horror with screenings of more than 300 movies and attracting thousands of film buffs as well as the movers and shakers from the film world. However, the biggest festival of all is known as Carnival and is held in February. It attracts around 250,000 visitors every year to the town, all there to experience the amazing street parades, vibrant costumes and non-stop partying.
The key to the enduring popularity of Sitges as a holiday destination is in it’s sheer diversity and broad appeal. Whether you’re after a beach holiday, cultural retreat, a party or a bit of everything, Sitges caters to just about every type of visitor. You’ll be happy you came.
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