Say it five times FAST..Sipping Sangria in Sitges Spain! GO………………………………………………
While traveling in Spain, a beach day or two is a MUST! Having a chance to have a little R & R from the walking around, achy feet and exhaustion from not speaking fluent Spanish is a FANTASTIC idea! Sitges, Spain was highly recommended by a few people we met in Barcelona. You can take the RENFE train from Barcelona. Most trains depart from the Passeig De Gracia train stop. It can be about a 45 minute train ride and cost about 4 Euros (about $5).
Sitges is a cute Boutiquish beach town tucked away and hugging the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Sitges is a gay friendly town and hosts a lively gay pride party that runs from July 5th to the 9th. You will see rainbow flags around the town and many gay friendly bars. During the summer Sitges hosts a lot of travelers and sun seekers who want to get away from noisy Barcelona to get their tan on.
Hotels can be moderate to expensive depending on the time that you go. My friend and I decided to stay in Sitges for about 3 days and it was a very good decision. We paid about $120 a night and split the cost, so $60 is not bad for a sudden beach vacation. You can look for pensiones in Sitges which are much more cost efficient for that budget traveler. The pensiones are very modest with minimal amenities. Keep in mind that most of us are traveling to get out and go see things and to do things, so pensiones are the way to go to save those pennies.
So transport yourself to walking around curvy & windy streets. You hear the crashing of waves and people laughing on the beach. A vespa whirs right past you. You walk past local hole in the wall bars where you hear the clinking of glasses filled with bubbling cava and see in depth interesting conversations taking place that may have been going on for hours. There are Rebaja signs everywhere that stimulate the tourists to shop till they drop. In the little shops you will run into lots of white dresses, you will also see skirts and pants displayed in the windows with summer espadrilles and strappy, flashy sandals. It’s easy to get lost into the magical spirit of Sitges.
If you are in the mood to learn something educational while drinking a cocktail in style then go check out Casa Bacardi. Of course this seems like an oxymoron, but Casa Bacardi takes you through their beautiful building to teach you about their special rum proprietor who made it big in the business. They also teach you how to make some cuba libres and mojitos, a skill worth having so that you can entertain your guests!
We found a fantastic restaurant that roasted chickens in the entrance to entice you to come in. Needless to say, we went into this restaurant. They serve pizzas, appetizers, salads, and most of your traditional spanish homestyle dishes. This place really made us feel welcome. The staff (guys) were very nice to us and their service was impeccable. They recognized us each time we strolled by on our way to a shop or when we were going to the bar or the beach. Go here if you want to feel like you are being served a hot meal that feels like mom made it. Don’t know the name, but you will see the roasting chickens and you will smell the golden crispiness and chicken juices that are sizzling.
Other places that you will definitely see while strolling along is a restaurant called Los Vikingos. This place was great for my friend and I because the environment was open, clean and reasonable. I picked up a long black summer dress and spruced it up with some accessories, my friend did the same. We ordered a large carafe of sangria and went all out. We ordered jamon iberico, pan con tomate, a salad, paella, mussels and topped it off with a dessert and coffee. We ordered a nightcap of sangria and kept on ordering it! I love how they give you a large wooden spoon to stir up the sangria. By the way, free wifi!
We had a chance to experience some seafood on the Passeig Maritim which happens to be a great boardwalk. There are local fish shacks that fry up squid, cod, clams, oysters etc. The fish quality was super fresh, yet our bill added up quite quickly. The beer and the batter succeeded in making our hands greasy and making our bellies full, but also reminded us that it was summer time! The sun was shining as well as some of the men on the beach that had lathered themselves silly with sun tan lotion. We didn’t mind the view 🙂 By the way, most beaches in Spain allow for nudity. We saw mom’s topless talking with their teenage kids and older friends about everyday conversations. Speedos are also quite standard for men. Don’t be shocked or judge, it’s common and you are in their country. Don’t impose your values or standards upon them, just make a mental note that it is “different”. No one was staring at us or judging us like in America. Everyone was at the beach to relax, enjoy and rest and that is what we did! I wasn’t feeling bathing suit worthy at the moment, but no one on the beach gave a damn what I looked like, or if they did, they were experts at making fun of people on the beach without me knowing.
Here are a few more snapshots of Sitges, Spain. Enjoy
Definitely consider taking a stop in Sitges, Spain. Lots of romantic restaurants, great shopping and things to see and do. Remember that it is 45 minutes away from Barcelona if you want a quick fix for the beach! You can rent parasols and beach chairs and make a whole day of it. You will go back to Barcelona sun kissed, glowing and much more relaxed!