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Sitges

 

Sitges
Province Barcelona
Comarca Garraf
Population (2001) 24,470
Area 43.67 km²
Population
density (2001)
560 /km²
Elevation 10 m
Demonym n/a

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Coordinates: 41°14′N 1°48′E

Sitges (Latin: Blanca Subur) (pronunciation: [sɪtʃɛs] in IPA) is a small city about 40 kilometers south west of Barcelona renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival.

Sitges Train Station
Between the hills and the sea, it is known for its much-frequented beaches, nightspots, and historical sites.

Sitges, Spain
Sitges, Spain

While the roots of Sitges' artsy reputation date back to the late 19th century, when Catalan painter Santiago Rusiňol took up residence there during the summer, the town really came into its own during the 1960s, when it was the only center for the counterculture on the mainland of Spain (then still under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco), and became known as a sort of "Ibiza in miniature".

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Today, Sitges can be considered a dynamic cultural oasis, basing its economy on tourism and culture offering more than 4.500 hotel beds, half of them in four-star hotels. The firm commitment for quality infrastructures has converted Sitges into a first-class destination in terms of tourism of congresses, conferences, seminars and company meetings in the Mediterranean area.

It is also a gay tourist town and provides a contrast from Barcelona. However, in July and August the town is taken over by families and the streets are packed. In September the families disappear and the presence of gay tourism can be felt again. Demography

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2001
3162 6962 8607 11,451 11,889 24,470

 Events

1853:First play of Sitges Ball de diables in "Festa Major". (Festa Major is an Annual Festival celebrated every 23 and 24 of August. In a "Festa Major" you can find a wide range of different activities and events to look at or join).

1896:First reference of 'Xató' in a newspaper.

Xató is a Sitges typical dish.

1958:First edition of Barcelona-Sitges Antique Car Rally.

1966:Ricardo Urgell opens in Sitges the first Pacha club.

1967:First edition of Festival de Cine de Sitges (Nowadays the Festival is called International Film Festival of Catalonia.)

1991:'Festa Major' is declared an event of national interest.

1994:First edition of Barcelona-Sitges Antique Motorbike Rally.

2000:TV3, the national TV of Catalonia begins the new year from Sitges.

2006:Rusiñol Year. Commemorates the 75 birthday of the death of Santiago Rusiñol.

 The Carnival

For over 100 years, Sitges has been celebrating nonstop •between the months of February and March, according to the liturgical calendar- Carnestoltes, or Carnival.

Sitges Sunrise !!!!!

The festivities begin on Dijous Gras, or Fatty Thursday, with the arribo, King Carnestoltes’ spectacular arrival. From the moment this character appears until the burial of the sardine • late afternoon on Ash Wednesday • you could well say that life in Sitges moves to a new beat.

Here there is even room for youngsters to step into the limelight with children’s ruas, or Carnival parades, on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon.

Folk dances and xatonades (traditional local salad served with assorted omelets) are also characteristic carnival elements. The two most important moments are the Rua de la Disbauxa, or the Debauchery Parade, on Sunday night and the Rua de l‘Extermini, or Extermination Parade, on Tuesday night. Some forty-odd floats with more than 2.000 participants leave a jam-packed Sitges completely breathless.

Culture

Modern Sitges, preserving important references from the Middle Age and the old farmers’ and fishermen’s town, offers visitors an impressive architectural and cultural heritage, the result of initiatives by artists, cultural energizers and patrons like Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Miquel Utrillo or Charles Deering. Thanks to them, Sitges was a reference point for writers, musicians and other intellectuals and became an important center for disseminating Modernism and the "Americanos", who, after returning with their "fortune" from their American adventure, commissioned large mansions from Modernist and Noucentista (post Art Nouveau) architects.

17th century seaside church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla
17th century seaside church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla

The museums, guided tours or walks around the old quarter allow us to visit and relive this important legacy.

Sitges today at 07:30h 12/08/2007
This creative impetus has made it possible to create new projects like The International Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally, the International Film Festival, the International Jazz Festival or the Summer Concerts Series.

 Museums

Cau Ferrat Museum : Cau Ferrat was the house-cum-studio of artist and writer Santiago Rusiñol ( b. Barcelona 1861; d. Aranjuez 1931 ), one of the leading figures of Catalan Modernisme.

Maricel Museum : The American Charles Deering (1852-1927) had the Palau Maricel built to house his art collection in an attempt to copy the precedent set by Cau Ferrat. In 1921 Deering returned to the U.S. and the palace was emptied. In 1969 however, the building regained the use to which it had seemed destined since its creation, by welcoming a major private collection, a donation by Dr. Pérez Rosales, mostly dedicated to medieval art.

Museu Romàntic "Can Llopis": The Museu Romàntic "Can Llopis" is a perfectly preserved 19th century house which allows us to take a closer look at the lifestyle of a family of Catalan householders who lived their splendour during the years of Romanticism.

Explosión de luz en Sitges - Light's explosion in Sitges 12/08/2007
It was built at the end of the 18th century in a neo-classical style with sober, elegant lines and very little decoration. Faithful to the Mediterranean tradition, the house has a central patio with a staircase leading to the main living quarters. The interior design shows how tastes changed from the time the building was built - when they were strongly influence by aristocratic styles - to the triumph of the forms of bourgeois Romanticism.

 Gastronomy

Xató is Sitges most typical dish. It appeared in the press for the first time in a report about Maundy Thursday published in the local newspaper Eco de Sitges the 16th of February of 1896. The report refers to a meal that three days before had gathered together a selected group of Catalan artists and intellectuals, Santiago Rusiñol, Miquel Utrillo, Gaietà Buigas and others. The name “xató” comes from an expression pronounced years before by Canudas, a member of the Rusiñol's group. The main ingredients of xató are escarole salad, cod, tuna, anchovies and arbequine and black olives. However, the essence of the dish is its sauce, made with scalded chillies, toasted almonds, garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and hot peppers. The complete xató meal consists of some different omelettes or fricandó (a typical Catalan hot meal) and as a dessert coca de llardons (typical Catalan cake, made from pork scratchings). And to drink a good bottle of Penedès black wine.

Apart from the xató, there are some other typical dishes from Sitgetan cuisine, which turn fish into an unequivocal sign of identity.

Sitges playa san sebastian.
Rice in the Sitgetan way, stewed sepia with potatoes and all-i-oli (typical Catalan garlic sauce), bull de tonyina (typical sailors´ dish made with tuna fish), fideuà (typical sailors´ dish similar to paella, but with noodles and seafood) or stuffed peppers with cod. Such variety guarantees the extraordinary richness and singularity of our gastronomy.

As for drinks, malvasia is the most representative one. We are talking about an oloroso and delicate liquor wine, excellent for desserts. The name “malvasia” comes from the Peloponnesian port Monembasía. In Sitges, the Hospital Sant Joan Baptista continues producing and marketing malvasia according to the traditional method and for charity. The annual production is approximately of 4.000 bottles (produced by the vines owned by the Hospital). The Sitgetan malvasia is produced and matured in the wine cellars of the Hospital.

 Beaches

Sitges has 17 sand beaches. Four of them are in the East: the first one called Les Botigues at the beginning of the coast, next to the beachs of Castelldefels and the other three are following the coast of Garraf (Road C-31). There are eleven urban beaches and two in the west. These last two have difficult access. The last one (Playa del Muerto) is the gay beach.

The main beach in May, in the background the church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla
The main beach in May, in the background the church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla


All the eastern and urban beaches have access facilities, flags indicating the state of the sea and most of them have quality diplomas and blue flags awarded by the European Union.

Sitges playa san sebastian

Sitges

 

 
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La situación de Sitges en España
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Datos básicos
Estado: España
Comunidad: Cataluña
Provincia: Barcelona
Comarca: Garraf
Coordenadas: 41° 14' N 01° 48' E
Superficie: 43,85 km²
Población: 25.
23th and 24th of august Big main party in Sitges... Fiesta mayor 2007.
642 hab. (INE 2006).
Densidad: 569,06 ha/km².

Sitges, municipio de la comarca del Garraf. Se encuentra a 36 km al sur de Barcelona (España), en la costa del Garraf.

Sitges tiene una gran infraestructura turística, con equipamientos y tres puertos deportivos. Sitges es un lugar destacado en todo el ámbito turístico obteniendo relevancia en toda Europa. Además del turismo la población centraba su comercio en la pesca y posteriormente la fabricación de calzado, actividades económicas que han desaparecido (exceptuando pequeños talleres).

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Su litoral más rocoso (entre el puerto de Aiguadolç y la urbanización de Garraf) se encuentra fuertemente agredido por la actividad correspondiente al sector de materiales para la construcción (pedrera del Garraf, fábrica de cemento de Vallcarca) deteriorando el "Massís del Garraf".

Destaca el palacio de Maricel en primera línea de mar, situado entre calles que mantienen aún el aspecto histórico de la población, quen reciben merecidamente el nombre de "Racó de la calma" (rincón de la calma). Sitges también dispone de edificios modernistas como el Museo del Cau Ferrat y el Museo Maricel.


 Demografía

Como peculiaridad a destacar, Sitges es uno de los municipios más caros de España, el precio medio por metro cuadrado es de 3.118€ (datos del 24 de febrero de 2006),y llegan hasta más de 11.250€ por metro cuadrado; este triste récord ha producido un auténtico destierro de la mayoría de población joven nativa de Sitges, que ha tenido que emigrar a otros municipios y comarcas para poder acceder a vivienda, es realmente un fenómeno a estudiar.

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