Sights

The most beautiful part of Sitges is the headland area, where noble Modernista palaces and mansions strike poses around the pretty Església de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, with the sparkling-blue Mediterranean as a backdrop.

Sleeping

Sitges has lots of accommodation (including a couple of good hostels), but much is closed from around November to April, and books up early for July and August (when prices soar). Most hotels are gay-friendly rather than exclusively gay. Gay travellers looking for accommodation in Sitges can browse Throb (www.throb.co.uk).

Eating

Sitges is packed with wonderful places to eat, from seafood restaurants and no-nonsense tapas bars to fabulous fusion food and some great vegetarian finds. Local specialities worth sampling include arròs a la sitgetana (brothy rice dish with meat and seafood) and xató (green salad with cod, tuna, anchovies and olives with a dressing of garlic, almonds, hazelnuts and chilli peppers).

Drinking & Nightlife

Sitges’ nightlife centres on one packed pedestrian strip just off the seafront: Carrer 1er de Maig (Calle del Pecado; Sin St), Plaça de la Indústria and Carrer del Marquès de Montroig. Most bars shut by 3.30am. All-night revellers head to clubs just outside town; the popular ones change name regularly. Boat parties are also part of the fun.