Tuesday, June 16, 2009

From bear's den to cat walk - the Sitges gay scene

My - it is one whole year since I visited Sitges. Time flies and you are getting older and your body seems to increasingly get a life of its own. When a 48 year old, pot-bellied bearded, and gay hedonist enter the Sitges gay scene, it is easy to despair, but have courage. After the cat walk where you sipped a margarita, watching well trimmed bodies passing by, you can blend into the narrow streets of the old city to find a bear's den, where you can enjoy a pint and meet someone like you.

Sitges is one of the most famous gay destinations in Europe. This small city has been famous for its open mindedness for a very long time.

Gays and lesbian travelers followed liberal artists to what once was a poor fishing village. In both America and Europe artistic communities became the first haven for liberal minded and sexually liberated cultures.

Today gays and lesbians are more visible here than most other places in Western Europe. Even though Sitges is a small city (around 26 000 inhabitants) gay travelers fins a large number of discos and clubs that should cater to any tastes found in the gay community.

A drink by the catwalk

I'm a model, you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah on the catwalk, on the catwalk,
I do my little turn on the catwalk

(Right Said Fred)

At Parrots Bar you gather around the small street leading from the upper part of the city to the beach. At dusk, this street is transformed to a catwalk, as (primarily) gay men gather along the street. At Parrots Bar you sit under colourful parasols, to watch those passing by.

I have to admit that "I'm to sexy", by Right Said Fred, was ringing in my ears. As I am no Adonis to talk of, I felt a little uncomfortable. I was very relieved to find Casa Blanca Bears, at Pau Barrabeig, 5, a narrow street in old Sitges. This place sets a completely different standard. Here chubby bearded men are revered as sex symbols.

Casa Blanca Bears

If u go out in the woods today, be sure for a big surprise
If u go out in the woods today, u better go in disguise
for ev'ry bear that ever there was
will gather there for certain because
today is the day the teddy bears have their pic... nic

Teddy Bear's Picnic (Kennedy / Bratton)

I am so happy to find a bar catering to the Bear movement. This anti-trend for large gay men is refreshing in a movement that adore the immaculate male physique. As most other trends that gay bear movement come from California, where it grew out of bikers clubs.

Today bear's dens are scattered around the world, as this one in Sitges. It is a charming little bar, dark and charming, with an Italian owner and his partner behind the bar. We had certainly a great place there in 2008, and I do look forward getting back there this June.

On gay Sitges - see GaySitges.com

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