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Sitges: LGBT on the golden coast  

Claiming to be the LGBT European capital on the seashore, Sitges – a 30-minute train ride from Barcelona, Spain - has every right to do so!

The cosmopolitan Costa Dorada, leaning against hills with its feet on the Mediterranean Sea, offers 17 beaches, each with a different atmosphere and clientele. Many of the beaches are particularly attractive for gay and lesbian tourism: for example, the Bossa Rodona and the Balmins for men, La Barra for women, plus the numerous bays where nudism is allowed.

Do you want to keep in shape? Many beaches specialize in aerobic, aqua-gym, GAP (for the legs and stomach) and tai-chi lessons or Chi Kung, for those who want to lose weight.

A party town like no other!

It is party time every night in Sitges, the city with the orange sky: on the beaches with fireworks, in the bars during regular opening hours as well as after hours, in drag cabarets, discos and midnight concerts all through July and August. This also holds true during all of the festivals, such as Gay Pride, held from July 5 to 9.

Everyone is welcome on June 10 to celebrate Corpus Christi and to participate in contests to decorate the buildings’ facades and balconies with flowers, and to spend a night making rugs out of flowers to cover the streets where the procession will take place. Bonsai and carnation exhibitions are also worth the visit!

In September, the Wine Festival animates the town, while the Gourmet Festival starts in early October, followed by the Sitges Film Festival, specializing in fantasy and horror movies, scheduled during the first two weeks of October.

For those rare birds who go out during the day…

Sitges is a small, historical city. Architecture and museums, such as the Cau Ferrat Museum, featuring Catalan Modernist art, and the Palau Maricel, dedicated to medieval art, are a few of the main points of interest open during the day.

Wandering in the charming old town, magnificent outside works of art by “Luministe” painters and houses with multicolored stained glass windows can be discovered.

Also worth noticing are the many references to Cuba: Islas de Cuba, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, the Bacardi House… yes, the founder of the famous rum company was born in Sitges and, like many of his fellow citizens, he chose to exile to Cuba to build his fortune - before the Communist era, of course.

A specialty to taste 

Xató is a Catalan salad that combines cod, tuna, endives, anchovies, black olives and romesco sauce, made with toasted almonds, scalded chilies, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and hot peppers.

A real treat, whatever time of day or night and whatever your sexual orientation is!

What else? Where else?

The two following web sites provide all sorts of possible options to choose from, easy to find: 


Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge

Sitges at night

Cau Ferrat Museum




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