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Sitges is 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 painter Santiago Rusiñol took up residence there during the summer, the town became a centre for the 1960s counterculture, then still under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and became known as “Ibiza in miniature”. Nowadays it is a popular family destination as well 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. There are 17 beaches. Sitges was also the site of the annual Bilderberg conference held in June 2010. Sitges has been referred to as the Catalan Saint-Tropez, 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-El Prat Airport is also a major advantage.

Happens in Sitges: Sitges International Film Festival (around October), Vintage Cars Rally Barcelona-Sitges (around March), Carnival (around February), Gay Pride Parade (around June) and the floral carpets at the Corpus Christi Festival (June)

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How to get there from Barcelona

Also near by and worth visiting: Vilanova i La GeltrúVilafranca del Penedès

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An intimate view of Sitges

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