Gay Pride Sitges, Barcelona

Karen Wilson on 10 July 2016
Sitges, Barcelona. A truly stunning little (well actually not as small as you'd think) place set on the outskirts of Barcelona. This was the choice for our annual girly road trip, our four days a year when we can be ourselves. Not mum or a wife, not a cook, cleaner or taxi driver.

Gay Pride was not part of the original plan, when we booked the weekend we had no idea what we was letting ourselves in for and let’s say your imagination is probably bang on! Not your average holiday, I have to admit. Never the less an absolutely fun filled wonderful weekend. For the sake of keeping this blog professional I'll refrain from telling you the full low down of what we saw before our eyes over the weekend.

Just a 30 minute taxi ride from Barcelona airport, Sitges is clean and friendly with three fantastic beaches. A town full of cobbled streets that are pedestrian only and filled with superb tapas bars, boutique shops, bars and cafes. It sits on the main train line into Barcelona so just 20 minutes and you're in the city.

The beaches are clean and safe with water sports and activities if you choose or you can just as easily relax with an ice cold beer and watch the world go by. Our favourite place to eat, drink and be merry was The Beach House, a beach front cafe bar serving delicious Balinese food with a European twist. The team there are a great bunch and know how to look after their customers. Here you will taste the best 'Espresso Martini' you've ever tasted, perfectly made by Rusty the bar man, shaken not stirred and served with a smile by Simon the manager.

I was pleasantly surprised by the prices of eating and drinking. The average meal was coming in at around €110 for five of us including house Cava and a table filled with great food.

A little nugget of knowledge for you, did you know that Cava actually originates in Barcelona and is still made and stored in the caves where it originated. Hence the name Cava. I'd totally recommend the house Cava's in restaurants around the Barcelona area. A dry, crisp fizz that is a little moreish!

We visited mid-June and the temperature was a pleasant 23 degrees when the sun was shining. We did have an hour or so of rain over the four days. Evenings where a little cool so I'd suggest a light jumper or jacket.

As for accommodation there is a real mixture of boutique hotels, apartments, villas and larger chain hotels. Beachfront, more town central and also around the marina area.

Would I take my family to Sitges for a holiday? Absolutely! Would I go there for a weekend with the husband? Without a doubt! This Spanish seaside resort has something for everyone, although I'd only suggest visiting during Gay Pride if you're open minded and up for a laugh (and don't take children!)