Sitges Events 2013.
From Carnival to Pride - When to stay!
Sitges is the Party Capital of Spain, with at least one major event occurring every month of the year. Many of the events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors both from the surrounding areas and abroad. If you plan on visiting Sitges during one of these events, then you are advised to book well in advance. As well as guaranteeing the best rate, you also ensure that you actually have a place to stay! We have listed the key events for Sitges 2013.
The Three Kings Parade - January 6
Three Kings ("Tres Magi" Day), or Los Reyes de Magos, Parade is a Sitges Christmas event aimed at kids. At home, Children leave their shoes out to be filled with gifts by the three wise men, or Three Kings (Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar).
They arrive as Horse mounted Cavaliers and are followed by a procession of varied bands and drummers through the streets of Sitges, in medieval costumes. Sweets are thrown to the crowd.
Every year the event takes a different route through the town. So when the rest of the world goes back to work, Spain finds another reason to have a party. Come and join us. This event takes place annually.
Sitges Carnival - February 6-13 2013
For over 100 years, Sitges has been celebrating nonstop -between the months of February and March, according to the liturgical calendar- Carnestoltes, or Carnival.
The festivities begin on Dijous Gras, or Fatty Thursday, with the arribo, King Carnestoltes' spectacular arrival. From the moment this character appears until the burial of the sardine - late afternoon on Ash Wednesday - you could well say that life in Sitges moves to a new beat.
Here there is even room for youngsters to step into the limelight with children's ruas, or Carnival parades, on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon. Folk dances and xatonades (traditional local salad served with assorted omelets) are also characteristic carnival elements.
The two most important moments are the Rua de la Disbauxa, or the Debauchery Parade, on Sunday night and the Rua de l'Extermini, or Extermination Parade, on Tuesday night. Some forty-odd floats with more than 2.000 participants leave a jam-packed Sitges completely breathless.
Vintage Car Rally - Rally de Sitges - March 2-4
Dating as far back as 1959, the Rally takes place at the end of March every year. The cars meet up at 10am at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, and are on display until around 17h.
The following day, all of the cars leave from Plaça Sant Jaume and make their way along the coast to Sitges.
With between 80 and 100 cars taking part, it's a real spectacular with participants coming from all over Europe to join in the fun, dressing up in period costumes to accompany the feel of their car and its age. Prizes are given out throughout the weekend and it's fun for all the ages. The event finishes right in front of the Church in Sitges so make sure you book one of our seafront apartments and you can view the entire event from your balcony.
Easter in Sitges - Mar 29 - April 1 2013
The little village of Sitges embraces its catholic roots with ‘Semana Santa’ as thousands from all over Spain come to visit the quaint little village.
For locals it’s a breath of fresh air after a few long quiet months to its typical bustling sea side town.
It’s a nice break if where you’re living is still cold and wet as Sitges receives 300+ days of sun per year... sounds like a great way to spend a weekend in spring!.
Corpus Christi Flower Festival - June 4 2013
Sitges celebrates Corpus Christi with a huge popular flower festival, particularly celebrating carnations. Proudly enjoyed by the people of Sitges, this event finds its most spectacular expression in the flower carpet contest, deemed to be of “national tourist interest.”
The participants turn the streets in a show of incredible colors, and they compete for their street to be declared the most beautiful carpet in Sitges.
The first record of this beautiful tradition dates from 1887, and today around 360,000 carnations are used in its preparation, in addition to other types of flowers. It also marks the beginning of the high season in Sitges.
Sitges Pride - June 13-17 2013
Now in its fourth year the Sitges Pride party attracts more than 60,000 people to Sitges during its week long series of parties and festivities.
Given that Sitges is such a popular gay friendly destination, it is no small wonder that this event is one of the most popular in the European gay party calendar.
There is a gay-village by the sea, right in front of some of our best apartments, so book early to ensure you have the best view. The main parade takes place on the Saturday and there are parties hosted every night during the event.
The Sitges Pride is growing in popularity each year. Last year, apartments were booked out well in advance, so we urge you to consider this when planning to visit for this event.
Sant Joan - June 23rd
San Juan welcomes the summer to Sitges, just after the summer solstice. In honour of St. John the Baptist, the Spanish party all night long on the evening of June 23. In the Catalonian area, this feast is famous and known as the best place in Spain to celebrate this holiday.
At 00.00 sharp, many people take a fresh dip in to the sea, according to the legend it brings good luck in the coming year. On the beach bonfires, which are also used for several other traditions, create a very special atmosphere. Sitges is a great place to experience San Juan; Cava is flowing, fireworks and bonfires are lit. And not to forget the spectacular view on top of the mountains where you can see the fireworks in the direction of Barcelona and the coast. Most of the bars and clubs in Sitges are open until 5am, so its a long night of partying and fun.
Sitges Fiesta Mayor - August 22-25 2013
La Fiesta Mayor de Sitges is the biggest annual festival in honour of Sant Bartomeu, the patron saint of Sitges.
The Festa Major de Sitges takes place in August every year and like other Catalan festa major celebrations, you can see processions with gegants (giants) - capgrossos (big paper mache heads), correfocs (fireruns) - bastoners (stick dances) and a full programme of music and concerts and of course castellers, groups that build human towers.
The festival lasts for 10 days, but the highlight of the event is the fireworks display which attracts more than 200,000 people each year. It is one sight not to be missed and a sea front apartment is in high demand during this event.
Sitges Wine Festival & Gourmet Food Fair - September
Sitges celebrates the annual grape harvest with a Wine and Food festival called "La Festa de la Verema" in Catalan and "la Fiesta de la Vendimia" in Spanish. It features a popular wine show called "Mostra de Vins" on Passeig de Ribera where visitors can sample the best wines from 18 wineries of the "Macizo del Garraf" and Penedes wine regions of Catalunya.
During the festival Sitges restaurants prepare special menus dedicated to grapes and wine. The "Nit de les Pubilles" is a "beauty pageant" with roots in Catalan traditions. Various barrios or organisations enter a girl as their "pubilla" in the contest to become the winner called the "Pubilla major." who then later goes on to represent Sitges at the contest of "Pubilla de Catalunya."
Other highlights of the Verema festival are the grape stepping contest - "concurso pisadores de uva"on Sunday 18/09/2011 at 18:00 on Plaza del Baluard followed by the inauguration of the wine fountain -"inauguración del la Fuente del Vino," the weighing of La Pubilla counterbalanced by wine bottles - called "pesaje de la Pubilla" and finally sardanas dancing led by La cobla Sitgetana . The Festa de la Verema de Sitges is organised by Fomento de Turismo de Sitges in conjunction with Bodegas Torres and the Ayuntamiento de Sitges
Santa Tecla - 16-22 September 2013
Want the summer to last a little bit longer? Head to Sitges, famed for its beautiful beaches and entertaining nightlife, and host to the last day of the Santa Tecla festival in September.
This festival is a smaller version of the Fiesta Mayor. It is one of the main yearly events for Sitgeans with the Church of Santa Tecla as the backdrop.
Think fireworks, daily parades and the usual Sitges mayhem and you get the general idea of what this event is all about. It is however one of our favorite events in that it is easier to see it, given that the massive crowds of August have gone back home to work or school.
Sitges International Film Festival - October
What started as a small festival back in 1968 has gone from strength to strength and is a must-visit for any fantasy/horror fan - there simply is too much to choose from with Asia heavily represented, of course, local cinema, classic horror legends and new screenings to choose from and compete for the awards.
Don't just take our word for it, the press page speaks for itself. 300 screenings to over 100,000 people attracting 430 different media outlets from around the globe
One of the highlights of the event is the annual Zombie Walk which has now turned into a weekend of early Halloween fun. Yes, you can be made-up by professional make-up artists and become a movie zombie. It has to be seen to be believed!
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