Barcelona Day Trip: Seafood and Sea Views in Sitges

Sitges is a charming coastal village, located only about a 30-minute drive from the city of Barcelona. ❤DSC_6006Aside from its favorable Mediterranean climate, Sitges also boasts an incredibly quaint historic center and a peaceful seaside promenade.

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historic cannon in Sitges that was used to protect against pirates 🏴‍☠️
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iconic 14th century church in Sitges, Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu I Santa Tecla
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wood-carved door in Sitges
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intricate church door in Sitges
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medieval architecture in old town Sitges

Anyway, because of its beauty and serenity, Sitges has become a haven for both Barcelona day-trippers, and expats looking for an escape. In fact, most of its inhabitants are foreign, and many are attracted to Sitges for its incredibly gay-friendly atmosphere. Coincidentally, I arrived during the town’s “Bear Pride Festival.” 🐻 Don’t let the name fool you! These men are celebrating fuzzy creatures of a different sort! 😛

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Sexy and I know it? 🤔

Anyway, my friend I visited Sitges in search of two very different things: seafood and sea views. Likewise, we were surely not disappointed! 🌊🐠 😊DSC_6029While walking the promenade, we chose to have our seafood at El Indiano, in the Urban Beach Hotel. This midday meal was eaten during the Spanish lunchtime, which is around 2 or 3 PM. It’s also the biggest meal of the day. So big in fact, that their ‘almuerzo’ or ‘lunch’ is merely a mid-morning snack for them, and this midday meal is called ‘la comida’ or ‘the food.’ Bring it on! 🍴DSC_6042We each ordered a three-course set menu to share, where we were able to sample a fresh mozzarella salad, Thai mussels, seafood paella, octopus squid ink paella, and two sweet desserts.

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fresh mozzarella and tomato with basil vinaigrette
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Thai curry mussels
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seafood paella- a rice dish with fish, mussels and prawns.

By far, the highlight of the meal was the squid ink paella, with its delicious accompaniment of fresh octopus, mussels, artichokes, and grilled prawns. Perfect with a glass or two…or bottle of white wine. 😉

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seafood squid ink paella, which we dipped in a garlic aioli! Wow! 🙃

For dessert, I tried the Catalan cream. This is a famous dessert of the region, made with heavy cream, eggs, and sugar. It has been said that you either love it or hate it. I may have been the latter, but at least I gave it a shot while I was there.DSC_6044After la comida, we relaxed on one of Sitges’ gorgeous sandy beaches, named Platja Sant Sebastiá. The beach was family-friendly, had a few lifeguards, and the water was surprising warm for a windy September afternoon.

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windswept in Sitges 😛

After working up an appetite from battling all those waves, we went in search of another Spanish delicacy, churros and chocolate, at Granier bakery.

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love at first…bite 😍🍫

Although I’m not a big fan of sweets, this may have become my new vice. O-M-G! The chocolate was so thick, I could stand a spoon straight up in my cup! Absolutely delicious!

Anyway, we ended the evening with a quiet stroll along the promenade, where we listened to an acoustic guitarist play in the street and heard waves crash upon the shore. 🎵 ☮️ 💙DSC_6070 It was a beautiful taste of this small town, and I’d definitely go back for more. 🙂DSC_6075

http://www.visitsitges.com/en/

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8 thoughts on “Barcelona Day Trip: Seafood and Sea Views in Sitges

  1. How did you like the Paella??? Definitely one of my favorites from Spain..My dad is making a dish of Paella on Saturday for our familia, he’s got it down pat..I am sure many places in Spain make it differently also…My dad puts in shrimp, scallops, mussels, tender chicken drumsticks and tender pork bites. Delish!…Tried it in Spain in Oviedo with monkfish also..loved that fish..Also a fish we had many times in Oviedo was merluza…many different ways to have it made and at my brother’s wedding was sooo tasteful and good…Enjoy, Spain is beautiful and the food..well.. none like it! Your post brought back many good memories!

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    1. Hi Beth! I thought the paella was delicious, and now I can’t wait to try all the different varieties that Spain has to offer. Your dad’s recipe sounds delicious as well! I love scallops. Yum! Thanks for sharing and enjoy! Take care. 😀

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