Since my back catalogue of images has mostly been used for previous blog posts, I am forced to explore new places & involve myself in ever more varied types of photography. Of course I relish the challenge. All or nothing yes?!
Last week I took the train to Girona from Barcelona, this week I travelled about a third that distance south-west to Sitges, a coastal tourist resort with soft sandy beaches & immaculately tidy streets.
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Sitges (pronounced Sit-j's, or Sitja in Català) is a mere 35km south-west along the coast from Barcelona. It's a small wealthy tourist hot spot, with a permanent population of only 26,000, over a third of whom are from further-northern European countries, re-located here to take advantage of the prominent international schools in the area.
The main stereotypes I noticed amongst the populace were the old folk with small dogs, the many non-Catalan/Castella speakers & the nudist gay contingent, apart of course from the small influx of tourists engaged in selfie taking & lunching. I have read that this town is considered one of the most LGBT friendly places on earth & also tagged as the Saint-Tropez of Spain.
As with all the old towns of Catalunya I've visited so far, Sitges is no exception when it comes to impeccably tidy & clean narrow winding streets. Here many of the pretty, pastel coloured buildings are decorated with patterned ceramic tiles, or else displaying images depicting religious, cultural or novel subjects.
The parish church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla is situated above a rock on the sea front known as 'La Punta'. On this website there is plenty of indepth information on the history of Sitges, from pre-Roman times to the modern era. Below are a few images I took around the church, including decorative stone work depicting scenes of mourning, revelry & bucolic imagery attached to the Palau de Maricel.
As you can see from the photos the weather was great. It must have peaked at about 20C, in February. Amazing! I love Catralunya! I stopped briefly to partake of my peasants lunch; pa i aigua, simple. Then followed the coastline northwards, around a beach populated by a smattering of bathers & fronted by pretty restaurants busy with lunchers munching & slurping wine. Having made my way up towards a marina area I returned via the backstreets to the station.
Apparently, this picturesque docile & laidback resort has a thumping nightlife at peak season, & boasts a film festival & popular traditional carnival over February & March. I think then there will be time yet for more visits.
I'll leave you here with a selection of images of local statuary. Maybe you can name them or the historical figures they depict. At the end there is also a picture of a housing estate........every town has them, but not this pretty.
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Oh, & mustn't forget the graffiti!!!
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