Before arriving in Barcelona and diving back into city life we had one more important stop to make: the beach! The eastern coast of Spain south of Barcelona is filled with fabulous beaches and there are also a number of sandy hot-spots in the city itself. With so many options, how can you possibly choose? We rolled the dice on the little town of Sitges, just 40 minutes outside of Barcelona.
Sitges has a number of beaches totalling four kilometres. We headed to the Playa San Sebastian pictured above. San Sebastian is perfect and offers everything you need for a day in the sun all within walking distance. It's also known for hosting a number of festivals including Carnival, the Festa Major, and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia as well as Theatre Festivals and Concerts. Since there were no special events the day we were there, we started with a stroll along the boardwalk in search of a patio and some seafood paella.
Although you can't see it in the above photo, the Mediterranean is just on the right side of the boardwalk and beach-goers are already sunning themselves and jumping in the sea. We decided to spend the heat of the day in the shade of a patio umbrella before hitting the beach in the later afternoon when it's still hot enough to swim but the sun isn't quite so scorching.
As in most places where you find a lot of tourists, the restaurants along the boardwalk are all extremely similar in both menu offerings and prices so we just picked the place that felt right to us: Restaurante Costa Dorada which has been open since 1968. They have a lovely patio facing the beach, deliciously fresh seafood and killer deserts.
If you're ever at Costa Dorada, don't skip desert! We shared a deliciously fluffy cinnamon meringue with a crispy brulée top. After plenty of food it's time to hit the beach! For 19 euros you can rent two lawn chairs and a beach umbrella if, like us, you've been travelling and haven't brought your own. The rentals are definitely worth it since there is no shade to be found anywhere on the beach. When it's time to really cool off, the water in the Mediterranean is absolutely perfect. Compared to our cold Canadian lakes the sea is as warm as a bathtub and there isn't a rock to step on anywhere in sight; it's nothing but soft sand for miles. I spent ages just floating in the waves...
After a relaxing day in the sun we jumped back on the highway one last time to finally make our way into the heart of Barcelona.
For more information on tourism in Sitges visit: http://www.visitsitges.com/en/