Sitges Pride (Part 2)
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After several hours in the sun, we decided to take a stroll to find some tapas. Rob had managed to find tickets for the Tea Dance which was happening that day as part of the Gay Pride festivities (from 5PM – 2AM), so we wanted to grab a bite before we went there. We found a great little tapas bar with a view on the street, and enjoyed just a few dishes. The waiter informed us that the table we had chosen (directly in front of the flat screen TV) was reserved at 8PM – this was the night of the final World Cup match between Spain and Holland. Imagine that – a table in a tapas bar in a gay beach resort was reserved to watch the final game! We were beginning to wonder what it would be like to be in Barcelona if Spain did indeed win the World Cup…
After the delicious tapas, we walked down the beach to catch the shuttle bus to Atlantica, the bar on the beach which was hosting tea dance.
After some time spent enjoying the music and views of the Mediterranean from the bar, we began our journey back to Barcelona.
We awoke the next day with plans to head to Sitges, a beachside community about 30 miles from Barcelona. Sitges is known for its beautiful beaches, shopping, eating, and of course as one of the largest gay beach resort towns in Europe. It also happened to be Gay Pride weekend in Sitges. We had heard it was easy to take the commuter train, so we checked out the website for RENFE, the national Spanish train operator. We misread the website, thinking that there were only trains running at 6:50AM and 10:35PM from Barcelona to Sitges. (It turns out these were the first and last trains, which were running every 30 minutes!) (We should also point out that the WiFi connection in the hotel in Barcelona was very spotty, which explains both why we didn’t have time to figure out our mistake, and why these blogs posts have been so sporadic!)
After grabbing a quick bite at a local café (the Paris Café, since our hotel was on Carrer de Paris), we consulted with the hotel clerk, and found out that a one-way taxi trip to Sitges was about €60, so we decided to just take a taxi.
We arrived in Sitges, and the cab driver was very helpful to drop us off at the train station so we could easily find our way to take the train home. We wandered a bit through the streets, and found Sitges was very reminiscent of other beach towns in the U.S. (such as South Beach or Provincetown), with narrow pedestrian-only streets with shopping, eating, and other local establishments.
We worked our way to the Promenade, which is a rather grand boulevard along the shore.