Vibrant Gay Sitges, a jewel in the Mediterranean, is a party town, plain and simple, and this beach resort haven has been attracting a gay clientele since at least the 1960s. Located just a 40-minute drive down the coast from Barcelona in the province of Catalonia, Sitges, a former fishing village, offers more than 300 days of sunshine a year and unlike some summer hotspots that close down in autumn, Sitges is jumping 12 months a year. It offers Carnival festivities in February or March, the Fiesta Major celebration in August and an international film festival in October. If you can peel yourself away from the beach there are three great museums in Sitges: Cau Ferrat Museum, Maricel Museum, and Museu Romantic.
When in town, make sure to sample Xato, a Catalan dish of endive salad prepared with an enticing sauce of almonds, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, vinegar, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
There are ranges of high-end and value-priced hotels in the city, including ones that are gay-operated.