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With its palm-lined promenade, grand beachfront mansions and pretty historic centre, Sitges is more than just another beach resort. It first became a popular place to veranear, or pass the summer, in the late 19th century, when local families who'd earned fortunes trading in Cuba came home to show off their new prosperity with splendid mansions, drawing the attention of other wealthy Catalans who did the same, and establishing Sitges' popularity with the upper class. You can still see these mansions in the town centre; many have been converted into hotels and their modernist or Neo-classical fa?ades are well-preserved.
One of those first summer tourists was painter and intellectual Santiago Rusi?ol, who was close friends with other artists like Ramon Casas and Pablo Picasso. Rusi?ol's presense and infamous parties were largely responsible for giving Sitges the bohemian, open-minded air it has today. When he died, he left his house and the artwork in it to the town; it's now a museum beside the main church and is open to the public.
Artists are still drawn to Sitges, and there are several galleries in the centre. Nevertheless, most people who come here these days come looking for one thing: the beach. A dozen separate beaches (platjas in Catalan) are carved into the coast here. The Platja de San Sebasti?n, north of the church, is a great family beach, while the nearby Platja de la Fragata is for beach sports like volleyball. The Platja de la Bassa Rodona is known as a gay beach, and the beaches farther south are quieter and popular with families.
Though many of these beaches get rather narrow during high tide, they're considered some of Catalunya's best because of the unique atmosphere here. Sitges has managed to steer clear of high-rise apartments and flashy neon tourism, and the waterfront looks much as it did 50 years ago or more.
After a day in the sun, spend the evening out on 'Sin Street,' the heart of Sitges' nightlife. Sitges is one of the most popular gay destinations in Europe, and there are several gay-oriented bars and clubs here, though most are for partiers of all persuasions. The short pedestrian 'Sin Street' gets jam packed on summer nights. Come early to sit on the sidewalk terraces for a drink or light supper, and stay until late to dance in the clubs that line the street. This street is also the centre of the action during Carnaval (Mardi Gras), when Sitges outdoes itself with a fantastic parade and days of partying.
Sitges enjoys a comfortable Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, sun-drenched summers. The swim season runs from late May through September, but it's not unusual to see people soaking up the rays on sunny winter days.
The nearest international airport is in Barcelona, just a 20-minute drive from Sitges. You can fly from London in about two hours. From central Barcelona, regular Renfe trains head to Sitges from the Sants and Passeig de Gr?cia train stations, and the ride takes about 30 minutes. Within Sitges, walking is by far the best way to get around. There is also a useful town bus that loops through town, and in summer, a small train that runs up and down the beach.
If playing in the sea and sunbathing on golden sand get to be too much for you, there are plenty of other things to do. Water sports enthusiasts can rent sailboats at the Platja (Beach) de la Fragata in town or head to the Port d'Aiguadol?, the leisure port at the far end of town. There you'll find jet ski rental and opportunities to go water skiing or take a short cruise to Barcelona.
There is also great hiking in the area. The Garraf mountains hide a maze of trails and tracks that are used by walkers, mountain bikers and 4x4 vehicles. There are also coastal trails; one of the best begins behind the Atl?ntida disco at the southern end of town and rambles atop sea-side cliffs all the way to the nearby town of Vilanova i la Geltr?.
Shopping is another popular pastime, and the town centre is full of quirky, original shops selling everything from local art to fashion, wine and artisan jewellery.