Sitges is located 40 kilometers west of Barcelona and about 30 kilometers from the airport, via the freeway; this former fishing village is well known as a gay-friendly seaside resort. Their three kilometer long beaches are particularly popular. On the Golden coast of the Sitges town, you will find 22 beaches distributed along its stripe of sand. Of those 22 beaches, 3 of them are LGBTQI-friendly. These gay beaches of Sitges are called Playa de la Bassa Rodona, Playa de las Balmins and Playa del Muerto.
Some history of Sitges
The small town of Catalonia has been miraculously preserved from concrete. The tallest buildings are still those of the Indianos. The Catalans who returned to the country after having made their fortune on the other side of the Atlantic at the end of the 19th century. The cobbled streets of the medieval center are reminiscent of the white villages of Greece, with its bars, restaurants, clubs and saunas that come alive at dusk.
Over the years, Sitges has distinguished itself by its open-mindedness. Under Franco’s dictatorship, between 1936 and 1975, the city benefited from an exceptional tolerance on the part of the regime. Indeed, it allowed its famous carnival to continue to take place every year at the end of February and beginning of March. And for the last ten years, in June, the Gay Pride takes place in the village for several days. The Gay Pride of Sitges is a pride not to be missed!
Here’s the list of the Gay Beaches of Sitges:
# 1 Playa de la Bassa Rodona
Playa de la Bassa Rodona is the main gay beach of Sitges. Bassa Rodona has a fairly thin sand strip, with a length of 285 meters and an average width of 18 meters. It disposes of lifeguards, toilets, and rental facilities for umbrellas, deck chairs, kayaks and also massage services. This urban beach is cleaned regularly and the calm waters make it a blue flag beach. Right across from the famous Hotel “Calipolis”, the beach is easily spotted for the speedos and tanned masculine bodies. For refreshments, a beach bar and the popular Restaurant Picnic offer a wide variety of drinks and cocktails.
# 2 Playa de las Balmins
The other two gay beaches of Sitges are naturist. Balmins Beach is situated on the east side of the town, right before the Port D’Aiguadolç. Although it used to be exclusively straight, the wide acceptance of the gay community by the locals soon transformed it into a mixed beach. The nudity at Balmins is not mandatory, meaning you can still enjoy the beach with clothes on. It is possible to enjoy Balmins’ view from the little restaurant on top of it, for those who don’t enjoy the sand.
# 3 Playa del Muerto
Playa del Muerto is the third gay beach of Sitges. Also naturist, but it is more reserved; at the bottom of a small cliff and further from the city center. Its hard access makes the beach live up to its name: “Dead Man’s Beach”. Car access is possible until the end of the city. From where there are two walking paths to the beach: a short one and a long one. The short one involves a steep path down the cliff. Besides, the long one counts with a path beside the train tracks. The speed limit is 140 kilometers per hour. The trip down to Playa del Muerto takes a while, so you might consider a longer stay in Sitges to enjoy this and the other beaches.
Both nudist beaches have areas known for cruising. At Playa de las Balmins, the cruising spot is in the tunnel behind it where the train tracks pass through. At Playa del Muerto, the designated area is in the woods behind the train tracks. It becomes full as the sun sets. In the gay community, cruising is the term to the casual sex partner “hunt”.