You remember that I said that hopefully my next post will be about surfing in Barcelona? Well, here I am! Last week end, after a great night celebrating a friend’s birthday in Barcelona, I wasn’t able to sleep even if it was already early in the morning. I wanted to go away for the week-end, but the weather forecasts were bad. The good thing is that waves were forecasted. Thus I booked a night at a small hotel in Sitges, 35 km South of Barcelona and 20 from were we live.
Sitges is a charming seaside town with wealthy houses, plenty of bars and shops. It is above all really famous for its Carnival, which is a kind of mix between a traditional Carnival and a gay pride. It is really appreciated among gay and lesbian travellers and you can find a great atmosphere at night even in winter. But Sitges has also 17 beaches, and it is one of the surfing spot of Barcelona’s coast.
Ok, it is not the Atlantic coast and I will never forget my Breton origins, but it is ok to learn in winter. And water is warm, even in November, which is a great point when you are sensitive to the cold as I am! When we arrived at Sitges, we went directly to the water, as it was already starting to be dark (the inconvenient of the winter!) and we could see a storm coming toward us. When I was unable to see anything and I was the last one in the water, we went to our hotel, called Los Globos, which was just 100 m away from where we were surfing. We had a ground floor double bed room with a small terrace which was occupied with two hairy friends (see the picture!). After a hot shower, we decided to enjoy the stillness of our terrace and ask for a beer at the bar. We met the hotel’s owner, who turned out to be French, but had been living in Sitges for the last 7 years. We listened with great interested the story of his trips around the world.
After a relaxing appetizer at our terrace, we walked up to the city center looking for a restaurant. We had a succulent dinner at the Celler Vell and I strongly recommend the “croquant” ice cream. The next morning we had the good surprise to eat French croissants at the buffet breakfast at our hotel. Luckily we had a copious breakfast, as there were still waves, and in spite of the rain I spent the morning surfing. In our way back, we made a stop in the coast road and enjoid wonderful views of Castelldefels. Finally we stopped at Castelldefels’ shopping center, which is opened almost everyday of the year and spent the rest of the day watching TV like most people do in a raining day!
There is one sport from which I haven’t written yet, however it is the one I most do! On Tuesday night I went roller skating with a group of people who meets every week at the same place and we went up to Torre Baró in Barcelona. I wish I had a small camera with me so that I could share with you the great views from Barcelona at night. It is really an irreplaceable experience to visit a city roller skating.
Next week-end the plan is to try for the first time in my life speleology. To be continued…!