Sitges Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

Upcoming Events in Sitges

|  14  –  24 September 2019
Santa Tecla Sitges 2019: the smaller variant of the annual town festival Festa Major. With lots of processions, drums, dragons and devils and a big firework display at the beach. (And, deafening crackers in the streets until the wee hours of the morning.)
|  3  –  13 October 2019
52nd Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya: probably the most important fantasy and horror film festival.
|  20  –  26 February 2020
Sitges Carnival 2020: In winter, Sitges is a rather quiet village, but it gets packed with thousands of visitors for one week during carnival. Famous highlights are the Debauchery Parade (›Rua de la Disbauxa‹) on Sunday evening and the Extermination Parade (›Rua de l'Extermini‹) on Tuesday evening.
|  30 April  –  3 May 2020
Bears Sitges Meeting 2020: annual long weekend for bears and friends at Sitges' beaches and bars.
|  3  –  7 June 2020
Sitges Gay Pride 2020: with the parade on Sunday afternoon, several parties and a Pride Village at the seafront with bars and shows.
|  26  –  27 June 2020
Gay Pride Barcelona 2020: with the parade on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona – only 30 minutes from Sitges by train – has the largest Gay Pride at the Mediterranean Sea.
|  4  –  13 September 2020
International Bears Sitges Week 2020: with Bear Village (7 – 13 September), Mr. Bear Sitges contest, AnniBEARsary party and other activities.

About Sitges and its gay life

Sitges is a small city 35 km south-western of Barcelona. In the late 19th century Sitges started to become a mecca for artists and a center for Modernist and post Art Nouveau architects. During the 1960s (under the conservative dictatorship of Franco) it became a center for the counterculture in Spain.

Nowadays, Sitges' economy is based mainly on upscale tourism, business meetings and conferences. Unlike most other coasts in Spain which were taken over by cheap mass tourism in the 1970s and 1980s, Sitges fortunately preserved its special atmosphere of a charming and pleasant (but also more expensive) place to relax and have fun.

This attracted also more and more gay tourists and expatriates, and in the 1990s Sitges became a gay hotspot. Especially in July and August Sitges is packed with gay men from all over Europe.

gay couple at the beach

Although Sitges isn't short of museums, architectural features and other sights, most gays probably come to Sitges for beach holidays.

The part of Sitges' beach that is mainly gay is beach #6, Bassa Rodona.
Beach #10, Balmins, is mixed and clothing-optional.
And there are some coves with clothing-optional beaches south-western of Sitges, one of them the gay beach l'Home Mort.
For more details and maps see our page on gay beaches in Sitges.

After a day on the beach the gay night life starts slowly in the evening and takes off after midnight till early morning.

Although some of the gay bars in Sitges attract a rather young or rather mature clientele, you will find almost all bars quite mixed by age, nationalities, preferences and style.

As you can see on our Gay Map Sitges, all the gay bars are located within walking distance of each other, so you can easily have a look and find your favourites.

Many bars and clubs in Sitges tend to have ›creative‹ opening times, especially outside the summer months, depending on the weather situation and number of visitors in Sitges.

Sitges is also well connected by rail with Barcelona (30 min). Don't miss the chance to visit this amazing city and to enjoy it's sparkling gay night life.

Travel hints for Sitges

Sitges Carnival in February or March, the bears weeks in spring and September, Sitges Gay Pride in June, Festa Major in August and the International Fantasy Film Festival in October are some of the annual festive highlights and gay events in Sitges.

As Sitges is situated in the autonomous region Catalonia many streets in Sitges had both Spanish and Catalan names. While in the past the Spanish names were used predominantly, on this website we use the now common Catalan names.