Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sitges Day Trip - Part I

Half an hour south of Barcelona is the charming seaside town of Sitges, not only known for its beach and shopping area, but also for its Horror Film Festival and its Carnaval celebration. But its more than that too.

We got to Sitges just after lunch time on a mild, breezy Saturday. The first thing we did was wander down to the beach, where we saw the statues of Modernista painters Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas. Behind us, standing proudly above the beach was Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla Church. On the stairs leading up to the church we stopped to admire the mermaid statue overlooking the rocky coast.

Once we got up to the top, we strolled around the old town, taking a walk past the museums and the town hall and into the maze of streets packed with boutique shops and the delectable smells of the tapas restaurants.

Finally we made our way along the Passeig Maritim, the seaside promenade which stretched all the way down the coast until we reached the "hippie fair", a series of stalls set up on the promenade itself selling an array of clothes, jewelry and accessories.

Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla Church
Sitges Mermaid
Streets in the old city
Streets in the old city
Hippy fair on the promenade

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