23 of April. Sant Jordi day
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, a terrible dragon was scaring the people of Montblanc, a Catalonian village. He burned the cultivation fields and eats the animals of the villagers.
When the dragon had eaten all the animals, the king, to avoid an attack to the town, decided to give him one person everyday. The people should be designed by drawing lots and, for convince them, he included his own family.
Then, one day, the daughter of the king was choosing for being eated by the dragon. She was brave, so she went to meet the beast. But in this moment appeared in the place a knight, he was Sant Jordi. He fighted with the dragon and killed him, and from the blood of the animal sprouted a lot of red roses. Sant Jordi took one and gave it to the princess.
Since this day, in all Catalunya, the people celebrates Sant Jordi day, every 23 of April. And all the men give red roses to all the women that are important for them, not only their girlfriend.
As this day it's also the day of the books, all the streets are full of places selling books. So, all the cities, towns and villages of Catalunya are full of books, red roses and happy people. Sitges too.
This museum is part of the old Charles Deering’s house. What you can see here is art and objects that has to do with the life and history of Sitges. Other things to see here: art (also gothic and romanic), all times and style objects and forniture, even a chapel.
One of the best parts of the museum is the belvedere. The contrast of the white room and the white esculptures againts the blue sea that you can see throuhg the glass wall.
Usual Timetable: tuesday to friday: 10-13.30/15-18.30; saturday 10-19 (non stop); sundays (10-15)
Summer: tuesday to sunday :10-14/17-21
Casa Miquel Utrillo
The Catalan architect, Miquel Utrillo, built his very own palace in Sitges following the same architectural style of the surrounding buildings. The building dates from 1915 and nowadays serves as a library.
3 nights in Sitges.
"A cheaper alternative to Barcelona."
We went to Sitges as we wanted to try a quieter, cheaper alternative to Barcelona where we had already been the previous year. This turned out to be a good choice and we only went into barcelona once just for a few hours.
Getting to Sitges from El Prat airport is fairly straight forward if you go by train. The railway runs down the coast heading towards Taragona and beyond. The journey into Barcelona takes about 20 - 30 minutes and stops at Barcelona Sants & Placa de Catalunya which is right at the top of The Ramblas.
Sitges is a fairly small place but had enough to keep us busy during our short stay. We enjoyed just relaxing, eating, drinking, walking and hired a couple of bikes one day to do some cycling. Our visit was in early March so things were nice and quiet but I'm sure that things are much more lively in the summer.
"O.K. for us straight folk as well."
Sitges is quite a big gay resort, apparently, with more than it's fair share of "pink" clubs which are easy to spot if that is not your cup of tea! After I made the booking I discovered that there was a gay carnival taking place the day after we arrived. This turned out not to be a problem, fortunately. My Wife & I really enjoyed our stay and would probably return for a relaxing break either early or late in the season.