Want to celebrate carnival without an expensive ticket to Rio?
Know that 300 people will gather half an hour from Barcelona for one of the largest carnivals in the world: the Sitges Carnival 2020.
There you will find information about the program, how to get there and where to find the best parties.
If due to lack of time or logistics you prefer not to move from Barcelona, check our article on the Barcelona Carnival 2020!
Sitges Carnival 2020
First of all, to gain a bit of credibility, I know a lot about carnival: two in Cádiz, one in Venice and one in Viareggio. If we don't count Rio, which is obvious, I have to say that the one in Sitges is the best.
With 100 years of history and carnival attitude unexpected in modern times you have a bomb. A show, the eccentric show where inhibitions fade Like a breath of air in the cold winter wind Costumes, dances and parades are essential.
Key dates of Carnival 2020
In 2020 the Sitges carnival will take place from 15 to February 26.
The best days to party are Saturday night and Tuesday night, but if what you are looking for are parades, you better go to Sitges on Sunday.
What to see at the Sitges Carnival
The Sitges Carnival officially opens its doors on February 20 at 19:XNUMX p.m. It is the sign of the arrival of Rei Carnestoltes (the "king without shame") and his group of musicians and jesters.
The goal from now on? Consume as much as possible before the fasting period.
Events include the local food tasting like the xatonadas (cod salad and romesco sauce with garlic and almonds), coca de llardons (flat dough with eggs, sugar and pork biscuits) and botifarra d'ou (a lean sausage from the area) with egg).
The most important events are Parades Sunday 23 at 19:30 p.m. (Rúa de la Disbauxa) and Tuesday 25 at 21:XNUMX p.m. (Rúa del Extermini) during which more than 50 characters 2000 participants parade as the crowd drinks, dance and mix.
The carnival ends on Wednesday with Burial of the Sardine, from las 18:50 pm
Every night it is not difficult to find something to do: the locals go out to the streets of Sitges and the bars produce music in large quantities with beers and cocktails at very good prices.
My best advice is Stay downtown and go with the flow.
On the official website of the city of Sitges you will find the complete carnival program.
For those looking for a great party, I recommend watching a sample of the festivities on YouTube.
Still not convinced? Do not forget to read my article on Sitges to learn more about the positive points of the city.
How to get to the Sitges Carnival
The best way to get to Sitges for Carnival is to take the official buses, but frankly it is very difficult to find seats… so I suggest you take the train.
For train, You can go from Santos Egg Station on Paseo de Gracia and get off at the Sitges stop. The ticket costs € 9,20 round trip (€ 4,60 each way) and takes about 35 minutes. Once you're there, follow the crowd to get to the party.
If you have a car and want to drive, it will take about 45 minutes to get to the Ronda Litoral de Barcelona and then to the C32 road to the south. You are looking for best car rental prices? I always choose Rentalcars.com.
Make sure you are disguised or you will do homework ...
Have you had too much to drink and don't want to take the train? Check the list of the best accommodations in Sitges.
My experience at the Sitges Carnival
Let's start by remembering that last year 300 people attended the carnival and that Sitges is a well-known capital of gay tourism. So don't be surprised if you see a kiss between Superman and Spider-Man!
And now I am going to briefly tell you about MY EXPERIENCE at the Sitges carnival a few years ago: my dress was the classic mechanical orange (in other carnivals I was better, once I dressed as a bottle of alcohol) and I was in the company of a score of Erasmus students.
I was walking with my 5-liter bottle (tip: bring a drink from home) and when the view started to blur and the ride was no longer smooth, I went to find a quiet way to give me back.
Of course, I walked for a long time, only finding increasingly crowded streets, so I forgot I was sick and swapped the half-full bottle for a drum.
I didn't know how long I spent playing with a group of Jamaicans… and I don't think anyone was bothered by my absurd rhythm!
Finally, morning came and I found my friends on the bus. I can not relate everything that happened that night on the blog ... could someone report me?
If it's partying you love, here's a video of what to expect!
Contact me for more information
If I haven't given you enough information about the 2020 Sitges Carnival or if you need help with your stay in Barcelona, write to me below.
Do you have a carnival anecdote? Go ahead and share them!
Also, don't be afraid to join the event discussion on my new Facebook group called "For City Lovers." Here you can ask questions, voice your complaints, chat with other travelers and more - anything goes!
You are convinced What a good carnival! ?