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Another popular town with expats in the Barcelona province is Sitges. The town of Sitges has a population of around 27,000; a number that rises considerably during the summer months as Sitges has been referred to as the St Tropez of Spain and is a very popular resort among trendy young people. Sitges is known as one of the most gay-friendly towns in the world, and many gay people of both sexes holiday in Sitges every year.
Properties in Sitges are among the most expensive in Spain, so if you are looking for something at a knockdown price, you would probably have to consider moving a little inland if you have your heart set on Sitges.
Things to do and places to visit in Sitges
There are many activities in Sitges, even during the quieter winter months. Furthermore, Sitges is only around 40 kilometres from the centre of Barcelona, so within easy commuting distance or easy reach if you fancy a change of surroundings or a visit to the more varied shops of a major city.
You can take a bus or train from Sitges to the Plaza Catalunya, which is at the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district at the top of Las Ramblas. The journey takes around 45 minutes.
Sitges is well known for its annual film festival, which takes place in October. Many celebrities attend the festival which is mostly devoted to films of the horror and suspense genre. Films are shown at various cinemas in the town, with the most important screenings taking place at the Sitges Auditori.
There are 17 beaches in Sitges ranging from small coves to the main beach where you can water ski, parasail or go for a wild ride on a Flyfish or ski raft. The main beach becomes very crowded during the summer months so you might find it is worth having a wander down beyond the church to find a more peaceful beach.
Sitges becomes even more alive during the month of February when carnival celebrations take place and many visitors from other parts of Spain and Europe gather in the town to enjoy the processions and nightlife.
The town has a number of historical buildings including the Cau Farrat Museum, which was the workshop and home of famous Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol (
Those who like to remain active can enjoy a hike through the nearby Garraf Natural Park, an area just outside Sitges that covers nearly 13,000 hectares. Here you will see interesting fauna as well as some unusual species of birds.
With a wide range of pubs and clubs to suit all musical tastes, there is always somewhere to go for an entertaining night out in Sitges. The choice of restaurants is very varied, and you can choose from freshly caught Mediterranean seafood, Chinese, Italian, Indian or typical British fare. One of the most popular Sitges restaurants is the Fragata, which can be found near the old church. The restaurant mainly sells fresh seafood and provides stunning views of Sitges harbour.
Shopaholics will not be disappointed in Sitges, and the shopping experience includes designer clothes shops, tiny quaint shops selling local souvenirs, and fashionable leather goods. Shops open every day including Sundays which brings many visitors from Barcelona to the area hunting for a bargain, or to enjoy a day out away from the bustle of city life.
Getting to Sitges from the Airport
It is easy to reach your Sitges home from Barcelona airport which is around 20 minutes drive away. You can catch a train from the airport to Barcelona Sants station where a direct train to Sitges leaves around every 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take a bus shuttle service. Even residents who are settled in the town and own their own cars usually opt for public transport over leaving their car at the airport as a cheaper option.
Sitges experiences around 300 sunny days annually, and has a microclimate that makes it warmer than the nearby Barcelona. It is warm enough to swim in the sea from around May to October, and during the summer months temperatures often exceed 30°C.
To summarise, Sitges is a good choice as an expat relocation spot because it is when within easy commuting distance of Barcelona for those who wish to seek work in the city, there is plenty going on almost all year round so boredom will never be an issue, and the town is easily accessible with Barcelona airport very closeby and Reus airport less than one hour away.
The large expat community of Sitges, combined with the liberal and accepting ambience of the town in general, makes Sitges a place where you will likely feel at home within a very short time period of your arrival. The only downside is the high price of property in the town centre which maybe a barrier for some.