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It is important that you take into account your planned destination has a good record on
gay rights as some countries are rolling back gains made and so do not deserve the
income from tourist.
Almost all swimming pools including those at holiday parks,
camp sites etc insist that all male
visitors wear trucks & not shorts of any type so don`t risk getting banned.
Some motorway tolls are cash only so make sure your haves some lose euros.
Hypermarkets & Supermarkets often close around midday,or don`t open on Sundays, so make
sure you do your shopping before the weekend.
The Rambla: A long pedestrian boulevard shaded by plane trees runs up from the port to the
The Boqueria Market: About two thirds the way up the Ramble is the Boqueria which is far more
than just a market. The displays are magnificent with everything from seafood to fruit juices.
Allow plenty of time and come in hungry. Various food
bars in the middle.
The Barri Gotic: On the north side of the Ramble stands Barcelona`s medieval heart and its like
steeping into the set of Game Of Thrones. You see glimpses of fountains and patios, expect
a dragon marching towards you. Not forgetting the 13th century cathedral with its highly
decorated faced. This area is where to find proper tapas bars.
The Rambla Del Mar And Port Vell: A continuation of the inland Rambla but across the
water leading out to the Maremagnum shopping center,leisure center and the aquarium.
Barceloneta And The Beach: Land sticking out into the sea formally a place of dock workers,
and now thick with cafes, narrow lanes, and a place to hire a bike. Popular with younger crowds.
Hop On Hop Of Bus: There are many routes enabling you to get a quick view of the famous
land marks. Try to avoid main ticket offices as they are full price.
Palau Guell & Park Guell: Industrialist Eusebi Guell was Antoni Gaudi`s chief patron and two
key destinations carry his name. The Guell Palace is the most easily accessible just of the
Rambla. Park Guell: take the metro out of Lesseps.Entering the park is like entering a
Places To Visit: Goths, medieval lanes, Fancy Steps: roofs in Barcelona, Gaudi`s Casa Battlo,
the beach, The Palce at Montjuic, Sargarda Famila.
The History of Sitges
Sitges was put on the map toward the end of the 19th century when it became a hip enclave
of bohemian cool, attracting writers, artists and intellectuals. They fell in love with and were In
spired by what was then a small and attractive fishing village. Among the leading cultural
figures who made their way to the northeast coast of Spain was Santiago Rusiñol, a Spanish
poet, painter and playwright and a leading light
of Catalan modernism.
The art and literature movement flourished here and in nearby Barcelona, finding expression
in architecture, painting, design and decorative arts.Its legacy can be glimpsed in some of
the buildings that grace the town such as Cau Ferrrat, Rusiñol’s former home now a museum,
and the magnificent Maricel Palace.
Long before the artistic set moved in, Sitges was the seaside home of numerous cultures
and civilizations spanning thousands of years. Excavations in the 1950s revealed a 53,000-year-old
mandible tooth and in 2012, scientists identified a Neanderthal incisor tooth that’s believed
to be just as old. It was found in the nearby Gegant cave.
These are among the oldest
human remains found in this part of Spain.
Turn the clock back to the sixth century BC and there is a clutch of small settlements in the area.
Toga-wearing Romans came into town a few centuries later and evidence of a third century
AD Roman villa has been found in the Vinyet area. During the Roman era, Sitges was an
important port trading products with other towns and
cities along the Roman Mediterranean.
One of the earliest mentions of Sitges comes from parchments dating back to the 10th century.
It was during this time that many silos were discovered, cavities gouged out of the ground to
store grain and preserve food. They gave the town its name as the Catalan word for silo is “sitja”.
By the eleventh century AD there was a castle, but today no visible remains of the defensive
stronghold exist. The current town hall building was constructed over its ancient foundations
on La Punta Hill at the end of the 19th century.
Bombs and Bullets
Life has not always been genteel for the good folk of Sitges. During the Franco-Spain War
(1635-1659) Neapolitan soldiers from Felipe IV of Spain's army looted the place and in 1649
Sitges was attacked by the Viceroy of Catalonia’s troops. Two days of heavy bombardment
from land and sea caused extensive damage, including the collapse of part of the town’s
defensive wall. Sitges was also ravaged by pirate attacks, the War of the Spanish Succession
(1701-1714), the Peninsula War (1808-1814) and a series of civil wars in the 19th century.
However, the town is made of stern stuff and survived the onslaughts to grow and prosper.
For many years Sitges traded on agriculture, fishing and the wines produced in its vineyards,
its fortunes waxing and waning with harvests and the state of the economy. The 19th century
was a period of great prosperity as trade routes opened up with America. Along with the exports,
many Sitgetans also left Spanish shores. Some returned, once they had made their fortunes
They invested a lot of money in the area and built sumptuous villas, some of which are
Every year during the Festa Major of Sitges two giant figures with painted papier maché
and arms represent these "Americanos" who did so much for the town by pouring money
industries, railways and the vineyards.
The good times continued to roll and by the end of the century new industries had
such as shoe manufacturing. More than 20 factories across several industries employed
most of the population, including a gas factory that produced gas for street lamps.
Tourists also started to make a beeline for Sitges, attracted by its landscape, medicinal
bath waters and cultured and cosmopolitan
vibe. By now, the poets, intellectuals and artists were in residence.
During the 1960s, Sitges was the epicentre of Spain’s counterculture movement, a
to the ultra-conservative strictures of Franco’s dictatorship. Today, this forward-looking and
easy-going town cherishes its historic roots which are seen in the museums, buildings,
artworks and colourful festivals that are celebrated throughout the year.
The town is a thriving community and popular tourism destination attracting hundreds of
thousands of visitors each year from nearby Barcelona and across the world.
The town is now well known for its international gay scene and hugely popular a
nnual carnival held in February, as well as the annual Sitges International Film
Festival held in October.