All Saints’ Day and the evening before are known as the Castanyada after the traditional treats of castanyes (roast chestnuts) along with moniatos (roast sweet potatoes) and panellets (small almond balls covered in pine nuts). The imported tradition of Halloween has rocketed in popularity of late, and there are now several celebrations around town. The largest is in Poble Espanyol, with music and a monsters’ ball late into the witching hours.
Looking to get your freak or ghoul on this weekend? Since it’s Halloween Sunday there have been a few bars & restaurants in Sitges who are doing festivities. Firstly all weekend Queenz is doing there Rocky Horror style party all weekend long. Saturday night en SolePizzaAmore restaurant Saturday night is the night to dine on freakishly great pizza and pasta. If you know of any other parties let us know here or on our Facebook page here
Sitges has always been one of the leading tourist spots in Spain. From its new modern lifestyle to its medieval roots, Sitges has wowed its people for ages. There are also the arts who lived in Sitges such as Santiago Rusinol, Ramon Casas, Miguel Utrillo and Charles Deering. It’s cultural highlights include Carnaval, Barcelona-Sitges classic car rally, and the Sitges International film festival.
In Sitges there was also another figurehead of what today is a household name, Barcardi. Casa Bacardi is the birthplace of Don Facundo Bacardi, who founded today’s most consumed rum. Sitges Casa Bacardi has been set up to be its European equivalent to the Bacardi Museum in Puerto Rico.
At Casa Bacardi you will be shown the tedious method in how to make rum, learn the history of Bacardi and in the end make your very own MOJITO.
To check for operating times etc please refer to www.casabacardi.es
Celebrating Halloween this year in Sitges or Barcelona? Here are your top 5 costumes for 2010
1. Lady Gaga – versatile with dozens of different looks! Meat dress anyone?
2. Alice in Wonderland – Whether man or woman you can have fun with the make-up on this one.
3. Pin-up Girl/ Sailor Boy – Everyone loves a man in uniform or one that’s sexy enough to take it off.
4. Nerd – Didn’t want to be one in school now its FASHION
5. Couples – There’s loads of options here from “ I love my Mexican to Bonnie & Clyde “
What is the most frequently asked question in Sitges during the low season? “ What do you guys do apart from laying on the beach? “. Here are our 5 favourite things to do during the off-season.
5. Explore Barcelona
· Go enjoy the architecture of the Sagrada Familia or Gaudi ( if you’re like me you’ll love the W hotel )
· Go the Boquiera Market where you can find anything you heart desires
· The Gothic quarter or El Borne is the place to be these days
· Go watch a Barcelona F.C. match
4. Go on a wine tour
· With the Penedes Wine region at Sitges doorstep there are numerous vinyards within 20 mins driving from Sitges.
· The wine tours we recommend are: Niso Wine Tours , Cellar Tours , or The Wine Colours
3. Go to Terragona for the day
· About 1 hours train journey, are the ancient Roman ruins at Tarragona where you can step back in time and see the Colosseum and Roman battlements. For more information click here
2. The Garraf Natural Park
· From Horseback riding to hiking just 10 minutes walk outside of Sitges and you’re in the Garraf natural Park where there is stunning views all the way to Salou. If you’re feeling spiritual there’s even a Buddhist Monastery
1. Jazz in Sitges
· Every Thursday and Friday night ( at around 2300h ) in the garden of the Retiro Cinema there is a little bit of Sitges that not many tourists know about. Go into the garden and there will be a small door with the words “ El Cava”. Head inside where your 3 euro ticket will make you feel like you’ve been immersed into the prohibition days of the 1930’s and 1940’s. With local talent ( lots of it ) you can pass the hours enjoying music with people just like you from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The SITGES Zombie Walk returns and at this 2010 edition, with a new route: we’ll be entering the town, ready to devour its inhabitants! The starting shot will be fired at 20:30 at the Miramar Building. Following the Zombie Walk, a new party will be awaiting us down at the beach and for the biggest film lovers, a new zombie marathon at the Retiro Cinema starting at 1:00 at night with a very TV oriented guest: Berto and his Zombie sitcom.
You can get zombified at the free makeup zone in the Miramar Building starting at 14:00 (limited places).