I'm staying at the Melia Sitges for four nights which is located perfectly and perhaps the nicest full service hotel in the area. The photo above is taken a short walk from the hotel as I head into the old downtown area where all of the beaches and shops are located. As you can see the walkway is well maintained and feels safe day and night. The local government has done a wonderful job of making the area walker friendly and it seems most everyone is on foot. And why not, when you have such lovely weather and a walk along the seaside.
And you won't ever forget that you are right on the beach. A large well maintained beachfront is yours for swimming, building sandcastles, boating and jet skiing. I found the above cute little water paddle boats you can rent and then use their built in slides for playing in the cool Mediterranean.
Don't be surprised to see naked babies and topless women on all of Sitges beaches, as it is the custom here. Of course you don't have to expose yourself if you are uncomfortable and you will find many women do cover up. But at either end of the very long, broad beach you will also find nude swimming areas where men and women of all ages are completely naked and enjoying the waters and sunshine. In these areas practically everyone is fully naked. Despite this you do not get any sense that it is the least bit sexual in nature and as such you can relax and enjoy the pristine setting just as nature made you.
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When I posted the photo of the Iberian ham, on the hoof as it were, I got a few negative comments. Displaying cured ham this way is very common in Spain and Italy too. Don't be put off because you can clearly see where your food is coming from as it is particularly delicious and served everywhere. According to Spain's Denominación de Origen rules on food products, their ham (jamón ibérico) must be made from black Iberian pigs, or cross-bred pigs as long as they are at least 75% ibérico. Showing the black hoof of the pigs is a way to make sure your customers know you are serving them authentic acorn-fed Iberian ham.
Torró, the Catalan name for the candy we call nougat in English, is a local confection made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and shaped into either a rectangular bar or a round cake. It comes in a wide variety of flavor combinations. Make sure you snack on some while you are there. It also makes an excellent gift to bring home to friends and family.
|Julian at the Spanish wine tasting.|
There is not a lot to do in Sitges, which is just what I was looking for. If you want to enjoy the sun, sit at the beach, shop the lovely small old town and enjoy wonderful food and wine, this is the place for you. I would certainly visit again and would encourage you to do the same!