I’m just about half way through my time here, and so lucky to still be seeing this much sun in November! What’s the weather like in Portland right now?
Since it was so nice this weekend, my friends and I went to a town called Sitges, Southwest of Barcelona and only 45 minutes on the train! Plus, the ticket was only four euro. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
The town reminded me a lot of beach towns I’ve been to in Southern California or Greece with all the white washed buildings and laid back feel.
Backtracking a little, I wanted to show you what the train there looked like, and tell you about Manuela who I met along the way!
Sometimes the trains here get so crowded everyone crams into the aisles, even for some of the long six hour ones. The ride to Sitges was pretty packed, and I ended up standing next to a mom and her two daughters. They immediately started talking to me in rapid fire Spanish, but it didn’t take them long to realize she would have to slow it down for me a bit even though I really was trying! After finding out the mom’s name was Manuela and giving her mine, she pulled out the lunch they had packed consisting of the classic ham and brie sandwiches and juice boxes. She gave me a juice box, and said, “No podemos dejar que los turistas pasen hambre” with a wink. She even made me translate it right in front of her to make sure I got her joke, and started cracking up when I read it. I talked to her for the rest of the ride, and she recommended Platja de la Fragata, because it’s the beach with the best view of Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla which you can see below!
The church is a 17th century Gothic style temple. Can you see the similarities to the ones I posted about in my architecture article?
Here’s me at the beach she recommended, and the church in the back! Manuela was right, that beach had the best view and I found myself wishing she could come with us to walk around for the day. Having a local tell us where to go was a life saver in a town with 17 beaches and so many tourists on the weekend.
While the beach was lovely, the town itself was beautiful too. We wandered up and down the streets, and it was fun to see some different architecture styles than the narrow, laundry-lined streets of Barcelona.
I fell in love with Sitges a little bit, and will definitely be back before I leave. Though it’s pretty small with only 29,000 residents, I was curious to see how much tourism is a part of the town because it seemed like every building was either a restaurant, boutique, gelato shop, or supermarket. When I got home I did a little research and found out they have over one million tourists a year. That’s a lot for such a tiny town! I also discovered that 78% of the territory is protected national park land, which I think is pretty cool for some where that so many people come to every day. Hopefully this will help keep the beaches as nice as they were for me in the years to come.
I also wanted to give you guys some options for my next posts.
- The fresh food and open air markets
- Fun and (mostly) free activities and places to hang out
- A normal day in my life here
Let me know in the comments which one(s) you’d like to see!