The Small “Pueblo” of Sitges has been known for decades for the open gay community, beaches and nightlife. But are there any family beaches in Sitges? Sitges’ coast enjoys a 4 kilometers sand stripe, divided into 17 beaches. Out of those beaches, five are gay or nudist (or both), leaving 12 “normal beaches”. All of them present white sand and deep blue water that is characteristic of the Mediterranean.
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Sant Sebastian is the most popular beach in the town. Its 200-meter coast has calm waters and is very family orientated. At Sant Sebastian, tourists are able to enjoy an array of services to make the experience the most enjoyable. Besides that, the boardwalk provides bars and restaurants for those who want to enjoy the beach out of the sand. For those with small kids that are afraid of the big waves, Playa Anquines is the best spot. This man-made beach was built in the 1920’s for the use of guests staying at Hotel Terramar. For this reason, there are two breakwaters that make it hardly impossible for ocean swells to hit the sand. It is the most western beach of Sitges. The 260 meters long beach is Playa de la Ribera. It is located right in the center of the city, and it offers lifeguard services, umbrellas and sunbeds for rental, and even sailboat lessons. The urban beach doesn’t have a boardwalk but gets really busy, especially during the high season. The golden sand beach offers calm waters and there is a touristic information stand available. The crowd that frequents the beach is quite mixed, with a 50/50 ratio of gay and straight.
The largest beach in length, L’Estanyol, is 360 meters long. Even though the ocean is of calm waters, it has a lifeguard’s team on duty at all times. The urban beach gets quite crowded during summer, which can be good or bad depending on what one looks for. Although all beaches in Sitges are suitable for families, the one that is most appealing is Playa de la Fragata. The Fragata Beach is home to a small yacht club that is results in a great spot for a walk and to practice water sports. It is situated right next to the city’s most famous touristic spot, the church of Sant Bartomeu I Santa Tecla.Even though Playa de la Bassa Rodona is considered the gay beach of Sitges, all kinds of crowd are welcome, and especially during the past years, the beach has been attracting more and more straight people.
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