Sitges is one of Spain’s, and in fact the world’s, most gay friendly destinations. In the 1960s, the city became a counterculture hotbed, attracting people with non-traditional lifestyles, and gay venues sprang up. In the 1980s, Spain’s first gay disco opened. The city also became a magnet for bohemian artists, many gay, who came from Barcelona, a one-hour drive south. Today, Gay Sitges, located on the Mediterranean, is a perfect year-round spot for gays, with its gay beaches, carnivals and vibrant nightlife.
Sun and Fun
Summer in Spain is delightful, as are the three gay beaches. The top sand-and-sea gay destination is La Playa De La Bossa Rodona, filled with hot gay boys showing off their physiques. Playa De Las Balmins is a nudist beach close to the town center, while the more private gay nudist beach Platja de l’Home is a 45-minute walk away. Gay and mixed nudist beaches include Playa de las Balmins and Playa del Muerto for gay cruising.
Time to Party
You cannot lay in the sun all the time, so when evening arrives, the vibrant gay nightlife revs up in Gay Sitges. The real challenge is choosing between the fabulous bars and gay dance clubs. The 30-year old Parrots Pub has a terrace for sipping drinks and watching people pass by on the Placa de la Industria. El Horno opened in 1968 and is an iconic gay bar in the Village. For some dance action, check out the Organic Dance Club or the trendy Privilege Dance Bar.
If festivals are on your list of things-to-do, gay Sitges will not disappoint. The week-long Sitges Carnival, held in February, is one of the world’s largest and wildest gay festivals where everyone dresses up and parties with abandon. The spring break festival Delice Dream in May lasts six days and includes dinner shows and parties that attract younger guys. Bears Week in September lets larger gay men showcase their abundance of appeal at shows, parties and dances.
The Pink Triangle
On a more serious note, gay activists took a stand when homophobia reared its ugly head in 1996. In 2006, the four-foot Pink Triangle was erected overlooking the beach to commemorate a brave gay demonstration which opposed government harassment.
Gay Sitges also has saunas, cruise clubs, restaurants and gyms that cater to the gay community. It is an entertaining city that offers gays everything needed to have a fantastic time.