- Sitges Jazz Festival –

Some of my favourite nights in Sitges have been in El Cava which is a small bar which not many know about that is located in the gardens of the El Retiro Theatre, where locals play New Orleans style Jazz every Thursday/Friday nights.

This year they are taking their swinging music to the streets and this coming April 24-27, you’ll be able to enjoy the Sitges sunshine while the boys from #jazzanticsitges trumpet their way through town and along the sea front.

For more information check out their facebook page here and for a little taste of what Jazz Antic Sitges sound like check out their youtube video here

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- Sant Jordi Sitges -

Across Barcelona, Sitges and all of Cataluyna is the Saint Jordi festivity. Sant Jordi is one of the most beautiful holidays in Catalonia, above all in Barcelona. During this day, the downtown streets are full of colours thanks to the small book and rose stands that are put up in the centre. Many curious tourists and neighbours walk through the city. The men must give a red rose as a present to their ladies and the ladies must give a book to their man. This day is also the Day of the Books, which is a remembering of Cervantes death.

The rose tradition is not new. In the Middle Age the aristocratic class organized lord competitions, where the men gave a flower to the women. The red colour symbolizes the passion and the ear that is put together with the rose stands for fertility.

The legend

The Saint Jordi was a lord and a martyr born in Capadocia (Turkish nowadays). He is the hero of an exceptional gentleman story which took place in Libya. As a contradiction to this the Catalonian tradition believes that it happened in Tarragona, in a small town called Montblanc. In Montblanc there was a dragon that feared the people of the town. Its stinky breath managed to kill the people who come close to it.

The neighbourhood wanted to sacrifice one person every day in order to avoid the monster to attack everybody. Naturally the problem was that there was nobody who wanted to be eaten by the dragon. Therefore, each day they picked one person from the population of the town. The system was very effective until one day the person who had to be delivered to the monster was the beautiful princess. Many people offered themselves, but the king was uncompromising in despite of his sadness: His daughter had to be sacrificed like the rest of his citizens.

They were very worried when observing the princess getting closer and closer to the lake, where the dragon lived. A few meters away from where she came from, suddenly a handsome gentleman appeared in front of the princess. She begged him to go away so that the monster wouldn’t eat him too. He calmed her down and explained to her that he was there to free the village.

At this moment, the dragon came out of the ocean depths with the objective of having a good lunch. However, Sant Jordi threw a spear and got to wound the monster. After that, he tied the dragons neck with a rope and offered it to the princess. She came back to Montblanc with the fearful wild animal and in the central square the people definitively killed the dragon.

A rose for gay couples:

- Sitges Halloween Parties around town this week -

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Looking to get your freak or ghoul on this weekend? Since it’s Halloween tonight there have been a few bars & restaurants in Sitges who are doing festivities. Firstly all weekend Queenz is always a great place to get your spook on.  If you know of any other parties let us know here or on our Facebook page here

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