The four days we spent in Sitges are probably my favorite days of the entire trip. This may sound pretty shocking after spending a week in Barcelona, but Sitges completely surprised me. I knew Barcelona would be awesome but I was surprised by the atmosphere in Sitges that reminded me of the one found in a Club Med.
Sitges is a beach town an hour outside of Barcelona by train. It is renown for its gay bars and beaches so I was expecting to see a lot of gay couples! However, I was surprised by how many families with small children were also spending their vacation there. The entire town had such a festive and family-friendly atmosphere that I really want to go back someday when I myself have children.
During our stay in Sitges, we stayed in this Airbnb and we loved it! Our hosts Andrea and Manuel were very welcoming and friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. They were without a doubt the best hosts of our Europe trip 🙂
One day, Manuel drove us to the end of the beach in Sitges so that we could do some hiking on the coast. The views there were gorgeous! If it weren’t for the strong waves, I think I would have jumped off a cliff right into the water. However, I did find a hidden beach where there were only a couple of people and I went for a swim. That moment was simply perfect. There was only the sound of the waves, the water was a beautiful shade of blue (and so was the sky), and the bottom of the sea was this super soft sand. It was a moment of complete peace and relaxation. So peaceful that I don’t even have any photos to show for it!
During our stay, Andrea and Manuel organized a day in the Penedès for us to visit old ruins as well as a wine cellar. That was another super fun day spent mostly outside, and once again we were extremely lucky with the weather. The church below is part of 4000 year old ruins that were once occupied by the Romans. The church itself was built around year 800. I’m pretty sure that makes it one of the oldest church I’ve ever walked into!
Before the trip, I had never gone wine tasting but I really enjoy wine so I knew being so close to the Penedès was the perfect opportunity to visit a cellar. Andrea gave us a few suggestions, but we settled for Albet i Noya, an organic wine producer. After visiting the ruins, Manuel drove us to the cellar where we were able to enjoy a great visit of the property.
The moment we arrived, I felt like I had just stepped into one of those romantic movies set in a vineyard. The pictures don’t do it justice, it was so beautiful and charming! The guide who told us about the history of the vineyard and how they make the wine was very sweet and informative. I learned a lot of cool tips on how to evaluate how old a wine is! Now I’ll be able to look like a pro at other wine tastings 🙂
A fun fact she told us about is how they handle the worms in the vines. Since they are an organic producer, they don’t use any pesticide so they have to go with another method to get rid of them. To do so, they use natural hormones that they spread around the vines. That way the worms get confused, can’t find one another and never get to reproduce! I thought that was pretty funny.
One afternoon, we decided to go for a walk in the old town and ended up coming face to face with a castell by pure coincidence! At first we didn’t even know what we were looking at except a very impressive tower of people, but then someone explained to us that it is a yearly festival in which teams compete for the best tower. All towers are made with men, women and children. It was really beautiful to see the community coming together to create such an impressive tower! I will never forget that moment of complete surprise.
Overall Sitges has been such a great experience and I can’t wait to go back. The atmosphere in the town is so relaxing. The only activity I wouldn’t do again is kayaking… Can you believe I got sea sick and the guide had to drop me off on a beach so I could come back walking? So from now on I’ll stick to land activities!
During the evenings, we would walk down to the beach with our dessert – either churros or chocolate crepes – and just enjoy the moment! Even at 11PM there were kids running everywhere and families enjoying their late night meal on terrasses.
If you’re ever in Spain, I highly suggest you visit this beautiful town. You’ll feel on vacation in an instant and probably won’t want to leave this paradise.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post about our week in Istanbul 🙂