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Sitges Carnival: Colorful Costume Carnival

The Sitges Carnival is known to be one of the greatest parties in Spain. This year the event will be held between February 8th and 14th.

The Sitges Carnival has over 100 years of history and is one of the most emblematic of the carnivals in Europe. In these celebrations, everything moves to the rhythm, Saturday is the best day to party and on Tuesday to enjoy the Defiles. It is difficult to imagine so many people filling the streets of Sitges on Saturday night, you can hardly walk. The city is on the Mediterranean coast and has a mild temperate on these dates the best atmosphere and fun are assured.

Throughout the streets of Sitges, you’ll see over 40 floats and countless amounts of people both young and old dressed in colorful and fun costumes. Locals and visitors alike dress up in wild ensembles to parade through the streets dancing and partying all night to the sound of the drumming bands! This carnival is regarded by many as one of Europes safest street carnivals which allow for the police to focus on managing the parade.

The two largest parades of the festival each feature around 50 floats and annually over 3.000 people participate in the event.

For the gay community Sitges organizes a Gay Carnival, which takes place 4 days before the main event. The city offers a great variety of activities, including the famous Pink Night and Widow Night.

To find the perfect accommodation near the event, take a look at our top 3 favorite Sitges Carnival Apartments.

# Activities

Each day of the week-long Sitges Carnival will feature a full schedule of events, including folk-dancing, theatrical performances, live music, children´s activities, and more! Don’t miss out on tasting the famous xatonada of Sitges, a delicious salad made with the region’s traditional xató sauce.

The Carnival will officially commence on Thursday, February 8th with the arrival of King Carnival (”Rei Carnestoltes”) at the Pont d’en Domènech and with the opening ceremony that follows. Shortly after, the Carnival Queen will be presented at la Fragata and will parade with her court along the main streets of the city center. The event will continue until Ash Wednesday, the 14th of February. On this day the festival will come to an end with the traditional Burial of the Sardine (”Enterrament de la sardine”).

For the younger children, there will be several children’s carnival parades in which they can also participate. These parades will also be held on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon.

# The Debauchery Parade & The Extermination Parade

The two most festive parades of the carnival are the Debauchery Parade (”Rua de la Disbauxa”) and the Extermination Parade (”Rua de l’Extermini”). These parades both take place in the evening.

  • The Debauchery Parade
    When: Sunday 11th of February
  • The Extermination Parade
    When: Tuesday 13th of February

During Carnival week, the city of Sitges floods with party people. Bars and nightclubs host a seemingly endless list of parties all week long and stay open until the late hours of the night for the younger crowd. For some of our favorite venues, check out the Best Clubs of Sitges.

If you’re looking for a more quiet Carnival celebration to enjoy with your family, we recommend heading over to Carnival in Barcelona. Barcelona is only about 30 kilometers from Sitges and very easily accessible.

# From Barcelona to Sitges

Now if you happen to be in Barcelona and want to enjoy a crazy and hectic carnival week, we would very much recommend you to check out Sitges, below you can find different ways to get there. To fully enjoy the festivities stay for the week in one of the great apartments in Sitges.

  • Car:
    The C-32 toll road connects Barcelona with Sitges. You will be there in about 30 minutes.
  • Bus:
    The bus company Monbus can bring you from Barcelona to Sitges and back. Check their website for timetables and prices.
  • Train:
    Railway company Renfe has train connections between Barcelona and Sitges. The trip will take around 40 minutes. You have to take the R2 Southline. For timetables and prices check the Renfe website. If you are looking for accommodation near Sants Estació, Barcelona´s main train station, check out our Apartments in Sants Montjuic.
QUICK TIP: if you’re looking to rent a car in Barcelona to drive over to Sitges check out our article on what you should keep in mind when renting a car and also our partner economy car rentals!

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  1. Nice, I’ll see you there! 😉

  2. Have fun there, José!

  3. Anyone going in 2018?

  4. I’ve been there in February and it was as good as I expected it would be! So many activities and parades full of colours and joy! Hopefully, I will go there next year again, I loved it so much!

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