Monday, June 15, 2009

UPDATED: A short guide to Sitges

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A whole week in Sitges has left me with a great tan, fully relaxed, and filled with experiences. Just 40 minutes away from the busy streets of Barcelona, it is a popular place to visit for a swim during the weekends, and during the summer seasons gays and lesbians gather here to enjoy an active social life in a liberal atmosphere. In spite of this, the city does not feel like a ghetto. Here you meet elderly straight couples, families with children and youths. Here is a short guide to what will come here on Enjoy Food & Travel


  1. Hotel Santa Maria
    This is the hotel where we stayed in Sitges. A nice family run hotel with an exquisite location. See earlier review here.

  2. Hotel Romantic
    A wonderful old fashioned hotel, with a magic secluded garden and a very special waiter. See earlier review here.

Bars, cafés and restaurants - to be reviewed

  1. Restaurant at Santa Maria hotel - a large restaurant with reasonably priced, but medium quality food

  2. Pesquaditos Tapas y Mariscos, to be visited once, not more, in my opinion

  3. Al Fresco Restaurant - already visited once in 2007, and will certainly be visited when we return in 2009

  4. Ristorante & pizzeria Claudius- a great and inexpensive restaurant with excellent service

  5. Montroig, a cafe with the most delicious fruit drinks imaginable

  6. Izarra, a pintxos restaurant favoured by the locals

  7. La Oca, greasy chicken, greasy chips, fat sauces, and severe indigestion

  8. Bianco restaurant, trendy interior, great but over priced tapas, by the harbour

  9. Casablanca - a restaurant for bears, i.e. chubby gay guys. One of the nicest bars I have visited in my time

  10. Zodiaco, a family run restaurant famous for its seafood, recommended for a traditional paella

  11. Parrots bar, colourful drinks served ringside by the gay catwalk. A place to see and be seen

  12. La Nansa, a great culinary experience in a local gourmet restaurant - our best in Sitges

  13. O Rei Des Tartes, decent pasta restaurant

  14. Eguzki - Lizzaran, more scrumptious pintxos

  15. Nieuw Amsterdam, a place for a late night snack, as well as for a dinner

  16. Cap de la Vila, classic pasta and pizza restaurant

Sights - to visit being there

Sitges is primarely a place to get a tan, dine, and enjoy the nightlife. There are, however, a few interesting sights to explore. I did not do much sightseing myself, during my week long stay, but I will review the following sights:

  1. The beaches

  2. Church of Sant Bartomeu I Santa Tecla (17th century)

  3. Palau Del Rei Moro

  4. Palau Maricel

  5. The El Greco monument

  6. The house of Don Joai Austria (Anno 1664)

  7. The house of Santiago Rusignol

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