Sitges, a town in the comarca (county) of Garraf, Catalonia, is one of the most famous seaside beach towns in Catalonia and the economy is centered on its tourism, arts, culture, and other holiday and vacation activities.
Historically, the town of Sitges survived on the agricultural production and winemaking industry. The founder of a well-known alcohol empire, Facundo Bacardi, was born in Sitges. It was not until the sixties that tourism flourished in Sitges. Through the succeeding decades, Sitges was dubbed with various titles like “little Ibiza” and “San Tropez of Spain,” referring to other well-known beach spots in Europe.
Like many Catalonian towns, Sitges has a long history that covers from the Neolithic period and the settlement of ancient Iberian tribes to the conquest of Romans and various political changes like wars and conquests that shaped Catalonia and Spain as a whole. The history of Sitges includes the fiefdom and secession of Barcelona, the Spanish Civil War, and the dictatorship of General Franco. Some of these historical evidences are still visible from the landmarks around the town despite the intense modern changes of Sitges.
Since nineteenth century, Sitges has been the cultural and artistic center of Garraf. It was a favorite spot for artists to visit. Because of the counterculture of the sixties and the growing resistance to the rule of General Franco in the central Spain, Sitges provided a safe haven for intellectual and creative citizens.
There are many hostels in Sitges. Most of them are famous for having four-star ratings. But even though most hostels in Sitges are exclusive and high class, Sitges hostels also offer cheaper rates in all levels that would depend on the needs and budget of the visitor. Sitges is packed with tourists and visitors all year round. It is better to book rooms and to plan your stay before a month before embarking on a holiday trip to Sitges. Because of the high quality of its tourism and infrastructure, Sitges has become a premier destination for conferences, seminars, and business meetings. Sitges also hosts Carnival and the famous Sitges Film Festival.
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