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in Sitges on the Costa Dorada (Daurada), Cataluña, Spain
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30km south of Barcelona, is definitely the highlight of the Costa Daurada
- the great weekend escape for young Barcelonans, who have created a resort
very much in their own image. It's also a noted gay holiday destination,
with a nightlife to match; indeed, if you don't like vigorous action of
all kinds, you'd be wise to avoid Sitges in the summer: staid it isn't.
As well as a certain style, the Barcelona trippers have brought with them
the high prices from the Catalan capital, while finding anywhere to stay
(at any price) can be a problem in summer unless you book well in advance.
Tourist Information - Sitges is an attractive seaside town
on the Costa Dorada, about 25 miles (40km) to the south-west of Barcelona.
The resort has a lot to offer including an attractive old town, several
good beaches, art museums and famous festivals. Sitges first became fashionable
in the late 19th century when writers and artists were attracted to what
was then a picturesque little fishing village... read
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The Antemare Hotel is a
modern hotel situated in a residential area of Sitges, 50 metres from the
beach and 30 kilometres from Barcelona city centre. Several museums
and galleries are within one kilometre of the hotel and La Geltru castle
is six kilometres away. The hotel's Thalassotherapy centre offers a range
of health and beauty treatments; guests can relax in the seawater multi
jet bath, enjoy a session in the sauna or steam room, or have a therapeutic
massage. Guests can also take a dip in the outdoor pool with its separate
children's area or relax on the sun deck. Parents will appreciate the babysitting
service. The hotel's restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner,
offers al fresco dining in the summer months and serves seasonal Mediterranean
specialities. Before or after a meal, guests can relax with a drink in
Sitges - Spa Hotel & Conference Centre, Sitges
The modern Dolce Sitges
spa hotel and conference centre is located in Sitges, Spain. It is within
two-and-a-half kilometres of the beaches and town centre of Sitges. The
city of Barcelona is 35 kilometres from the hotel. Dolce Sitges is
a large white hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. The lobby has seating
areas and a wall of windows looking out towards the sea. The relaxed
Verema restaurant is a buffet-style dining room serving a wide selection
of dishes. Esmarris is an a la carte restaurant with a menu of Mediterranean
specialities. There are two bars, the poolside Cala Morisca, and informal
indoor Malvasia, offer snacks and drinks. The hotel has a choice
of four outdoor pools, including one for children, and another pool indoors
at the fitness centre and spa. Hot tub, sauna, steam bath, gym with
aerobic classes, and beauty and therapeutic treatments from massage to
manicures are available in the spa.
The Hotel Celimar is a modernist
19th-century property set right on the seafront in Sitges, 25 metres from
the beach and 36 kilometres from Barcelona city centre. The hotel's location
right on the beach promenade provides guests with plenty of opportunities
for enjoying water sports and sea swimming, as well as strolling along
the seafront. After enjoying a buffet breakfast, guests can relax with
a coffee on the hotel's outdoor terrace and take in views of the sea.
Wireless Internet access is available throughout the property for those
who want to plan sightseeing itineraries or keep in touch with friends
and family. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can look after valuable items
in the safe-deposit box and provide room service (limited hours). Parking
can be arranged nearby, and an express check-in/out service is available.
San Sebastian Playa, Sitges
Hotel San Sebastian Playa
is a white seafront hotel overlooking San Sebastian beach by Sitges old
town, 500 metres from the lively main promenade and town centre. Built
in 1991, it has Moorish style design with large archways and curved balconies.
Guests can spend lazy days by the pool on sun loungers under parasols,
enjoying beach and sea views from the tropical garden terrace, unwind with
a drink from the bar, and relax in the lounge area with its eye-catching
Modernista staircase. Overlooking the pool and tropical garden with sea
views, the restaurant serves fine Catalonian seafood specialities such
as Rice Soup with Lobster. The vibrant resort of Sitges offers four kilometres
of sandy beaches as well as many fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants,
and plays host to numerous festivals throughout the year, the most famous
being Carnival in February.
The Melia Sitges is a deluxe
hotel situated 20 kilometers from El Prat Airport and 20 minutes from the
city center of Barcelona. This hotel is convenient to cultural and sporting
attractions as well as some of the finest golf courses in the area. Sitges
is a charismatic and cosmopolitan coastal resort in Catalonia, overlooking
the Aiguadolç Marina. At the Melia Sitges, guests are not far from
the shimmering sandy beaches and the thrilling water sports. The hotel's
proximity to Barcelona puts the guest close to the business and excitement
of a big city and yet far enough from the hustle of the city to enjoy restful
relaxation at the end of the day. For fitness or fun, work out in
the fitness center, relax by the heated swimming pool or spoil yourself
with a hydro-massage. The Melia Sitges is convenient to dining, shopping
and entertainment venues. Breakfast is not included during the week and
from Friday to Sunday breakfast is complimentary.
Tourist Information by Gary Marshall
Hotels / Self-Catering / Vacation Rentals
is an attractive seaside town on the Costa Dorada, about 25 miles (40km)
to the south-west of Barcelona. The resort has a lot to offer including
an attractive old town, several good beaches, art museums and famous festivals.
Sitges first became fashionable in the late 19th century when writers and
artists were attracted to what was then a picturesque little fishing village.
There are a couple of excellent
art museums in the town. The Museu Cau Ferrat is housed within a couple
of fisherman's cottages which were once home to artist Santiago Rusinol.
Opened in 1932, the museum displays paintings and ceramics by the likes
of Pablo Picasso, El Greco and Rusinol himself. The Museu Marciel houses
a collection of statues, paintings, ceramics and furniture which was assembled
by American collector Charles Deering.
The collection is housed
within a former hospital which dates back to the 14th century. Another
of Sitges' museums is the Museu Romantic, which occupies the 18th century
home of the wealthy Falc and Llopis families. Inside is a fine collection
of period furniture and antique dolls.
In the centre of Sitges is
the old quarter which dates from medieval times. The area is characterised
by narrow cobblestone streets and old fishermens cottages with terracotta
roofs. Sights include the Baroque-style church and remains of the medieval
has 17 beaches in total, with many of them situated close to the town centre.
One of the most popular beaches, especially with young people, is Playa
de la Ribera close to the church of Sant Bartomeu. Quieter beaches can
be found further to the west, some of which are frequented by naturists.
The most popular family beaches in Sitges are Playa de la Fragata, San
Sebastian and Playa de los Barcos, all of which have shallow water making
them suitable for young children. San Sebastian is especially attractive
as it is backed by palm trees, cafes and elegant 1920's apartments.
Sitges is renowned for its
lively and colourful festivals, with many of them taking place throughout
the period of Lent. The most famous fiesta is the Sitges Gay Carnival in
late January and early February, the highlight being the grand parade.
Sitges has long had a reputation as being open-minded and bohemian, so
it's no surprise the resort is a popular gay destination. The town has
several gay bars and discos, and the beach of Playa de las Balmins is popular
with gay naturists.
Another important event in
Sitges is the Catalan Film Festival which takes place in the autumn.
Sitges has an attractive
seafront esplanade, best enjoyed during the evening when you can relax
in one of the cafe-bars and watch the world go by. The town has many excellent
Spanish restaurants offering sea food, paella and other traditional dishes.
The nearest airport to Sitges
is at Barcelona. MonBus operate a bus service from the airport to Sitges,
and there is also a train service although you have to change at Barcelona's
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