A TRAIN TRIP FROM BARCELONA TO SITGES
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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A lovely sunny day that ended up very warm. We took the train and really fell in love with this little town.
The following words about Sitges are from Wikipedia:
Sitges is about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. Located between the Garraf Massif and the sea, it is known for its beaches, nightspots, and historical sites.
While the roots of Sitges' artsy reputation date back to the late 19th century, when Catalan painter Santiago Rusiñol took up residence there during the summer, the town became a centre for the 1960s counterculture in mainland Spain, then still under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and became known as "Ibiza in miniature".Nowadays it is a popular destination for gay and lesbian travellers, as it has become one of the most gay-friendly places in the world.Today, Sitges' economy is based on tourism and culture offering more than 4,500 hotel beds, half of them in four-star hotels.
Almost 35% of the approximately 26,000 permanent inhabitants are from the Netherlands, the UK, France and Scandinavia, whose children attend international schools in the area. There are 17 beaches.
Sitges has been referred to as the Saint-Tropez of Spain, with property prices approaching those of the most expensive European cities, the main reason for this being the setting by the sea and the surrounding Parc Natural del Garraf. Proximity to Barcelona International Airport is also a major advantage.
In 1814 Facundo Bacardí, founder of the international rum brand Bacardi, was born in Sitges before emigrating to Cuba where he set up his company.Sitges economy was mostly based on the production of wine until the economic boom of the 1960s, after which it became a tourist resort.
We met a lovely man who had a holiday house in Sitges and he guided us to a lively tapas bar and enlightened us about the town. We wandered around the town for a few hours and checked out the local museum and then spent a while walking along the beach.