Some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean in Spain are located in Sitges, just 35 km south west of Barcelona.There are 17 sand beaches, an active artist community, a party atmosphere especially during Carnival and the film festival. Sitges is often referred to as Mainland Ibiza or Spanish St. Tropez. Tourists come to Sitges for the beaches, cuisine, bars and clubs including Pascha, and stay at over 4,500 hotel beds with half of the hotels being 4+ stars.
Travel from the train station down the winding streets towards the beach. There are many shops to visit along the way. If you have not picked up your sunscreen and beach items I would suggest getting them now as the prices increase with proximity to the beach. The bakeries and gelato shops along the way are great to stop and get a snack for now or later. Don’t forget to get one of the latest bathing suits on your way to the sand and surf.
Arriving at the sea you now have a choice of 17 beaches, each equipped with showers on the piers. On the beach you will find rentals for cabanas, umbrellas and lounge chairs, there are people circulating around offering cerveza (beer and drinks) and massages. Arrive early to get prime location before the beaches fill up. We decided to rent a couple of cabanas and lounge chairs to enjoy our day. I think this is the perfect option, even if you are a sun worshiper, it is nice to be able to pull your chair out from the cabana for more sun, and back under once the desired sun kissed look is achieved.
Cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean, bring a ball to throw around or rent a kayak to explore around the piers down the beaches. Remember to grab a shower on the pier after getting out of the water to remove the salt from your skin. You can wade your feet in the water and collect drift glass and shells along the shore, watching small schools of minnows swim in the waves.
Head to the Chiringuito Tapas Bar and grab a to-go pint sized piña colada, mojito or margarita to stroll down the promenade. Unless the soles of your feet are leather, I would recommend grabbing your sandals as the sun heated walkways are more than my feet could handle.
On one end of the strip climb the steps to the 17th century seaside church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla. In the winding streets behind the church find artist galleries and fine dining restaurants, the streets lead you down back to the beach. Back on the promenade away from Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla the high rise hotels and apartment blocks make way for large seaside estates.
Amaze in the beauty of these modern mansions overlooking the Mediterranean as you people watch and enjoy the scenery. Once you reach Hotel Terramar, turn around and head back down the beach to your cabana. At 7 pm the beaches start to clear out and people return to their hotels to shower and change for dinner.
Head to a local bar for cocktails until the restaurants start to open at 10 pm for dinner service, avoid wait times by making a reservation during the day before siesta. After you are nourished, get ready to dance the night away at one of the many bars and clubs in town. Perhaps the best is Pacha Sitges, the original location for this iconic brand of night clubs helping to reinforce the Mainland Ibiza reference.
Retire to your hotel to change into your bathing suit before doing it all again the next day. Although, you may find yourself paying more attention to the real estate offers in the windows to make this the destination of your summer home.
To get to Sitges, take the Cercanías Renfe R13 or R14 towards Lleida from Estación de Francia, Passeig de Gràcia, or Sants Estació. The trip will take about 45 minutes and costs under 5 Euros each way.
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