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The Hornet Guide to Gay Sitges

Written by Charles Thompson-Wang on May 30, 2018
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Known as the Saint-Tropez of Spain, Sitges, about 25 miles (or 40 kilometers) south of Barcelona, is a modern resort town. Not far away from the mountains and the sea, gay Sitges is famous for its beaches, nightspots and historical sites.

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With its warm summers and mild winters, Sitges attracts visitors looking for a place to relax year-round. Sitges has plenty of museums, local boutiques and a thriving gay scene. Guys from all over the world come to gay Sitges to experience its warm culture and beautiful scenery.

Must-visit local attractions

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Passeig Maritim

After a long day lounging on the beach, get a bit of exercise by taking a nice walk along Passeig Maritim, the wide pedestrianized boulevard stretching along the waterfront. Not just one of the most scenic trails in Sitges, there are also plenty of cafés and restaurants for casual dining.

The Old Town of Sitges is also worth exploring. The old fishermen’s neighborhood has many historic churches, like Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla; perfect places to learn all about Sitges’ history.

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Old Town of Sitges

Surrounded by the Garraf Natural Park, Sitges is located on the small mountain range known as the Garraf Massif. If you’re a nature lover, you can hike several trails. When you’re done, just take the train back to Sitges and look out along the beautiful coastline.

Platja de Sant Sebastià is a bustling, picturesque beach with an adjacent promenade full of restaurants and shops. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a lazy afternoon strolling around.

Sitges Museums

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Cau Ferrat Museum

Maricel Museum is one of the leading museums in Sitges. Its collection ranges from Catalan Modernism to the 20th century artistic movement Noucentisme. Pay homage to great Catalan artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Cau Ferrat Museum is another local museum, this one devoted to Catalan Modernism. Founded in 1893 by the artist Santiago Rusiñol, this museum has paintings, drawings, sculpture, wrought ironwork, ceramics, glass and much of the plastic art by Rusiñol.

The history of the Romantic Museum dates back to a 19th century noble family from Sitges. Right now, there’s an exhibit on the beautiful dolls of Lola Anglada; soon, you’ll be able to see an exhibit on the Maritime Collection of Emerencià Roig Raventó.

Gay Sitges Experience

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Playa De la Bassa Rodona

A trip to Sitges wouldn’t be complete without checking out the amazing beaches. Be sure to check out Playa De la Bassa Rodona, the unofficial gay Sitges beach. When the sun goes down, move to Plaça Indústria, where Carrer Marquès Montroig crosses Carrer de Joan Tarrida. It’s the best place to start out your night.

This large square is busy with bar crawlers sitting on large terraces sipping drinks  while admiring passersby. Parrots Pub is a good choice, and if you’re hungry, check out Parrots Restaurant, complete with a drag performance by Lady Diamond — a local drag legend.

When it’s time to go out clubbing, check out Privilege, with its three bars. Take a look at Organic, especially if you’re in the mood for theme nights and Spanish house music. Organic’s open every night during the summer and it’s also the home to the Sitges Foam Party.

Cruisers and kinksters will want to go to Bukkake for some discreet fun. Bukkake is open late every Thursday to Sunday, starting in the spring. There’s a cruising area, slings and showers for guys looking for hot sex. 

Gay Sitges Events

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The best time to visit Sitges is in the summer, especially around Sitges Gay Pride, which is held in mid-to-late June. Enjoy a day out in the sun and dance the night away. 

But if you’re coming to Sitges in winter, Carnival in Sitges makes an excellent reason to come. Carnival usually happens in February or early March. Like Pride, there are many different events, from the traditional carnival parade to fun parties throughout the week. 

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