This resort town, about 20 miles south of Barcelona, has 17 sandy beaches with 11 of them in town. Sitges is a progressive, town known for its counterculture trends even in the era of Franco. Sitges has remained a major tourist resort since the 1970s. It seems to be made for partying, having plenty of nightspots and a great number of hotels, half rated four-star. Dining can’t help but be delicious on the seacoast, and Sitges has its own sweet wine liquor called Malvasia, made from local vineyards.
The Film Festival in early October is a well-known event that features horror and fantasy films. Sitges also has a large Carnival celebration just before Lent for travelers who want to plan accordingly. There are many Dutch, English, French and Scandinavian permanent residents here, too, about 35% of the 26,000 citizens.