Easter will look different than normal on the Sitges beaches. There will be no ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars) or sun beds, but there will be some basic services and lifeguards. The Sitges Town Council has recently started implementing some of the services, such as toilets, showers, refuse collection and lifeguards.
The bidding process for the town’s new beach services has left Easter and the start of the season without bars. The tender process launched by the local council ended in February and there was a high volume of projects submitted (a total of 222, by 96 different companies). This has meant that the selection and subsequent awards process will not be effective until the beginning of May. The Sitges Beach Tourist Services Association, which groups the previous concessionaires, has complained that the beaches are without bars at Easter.
In an effort to try and compensate the situation, the local council has speeded up the implementation of some of the basic services. Lifeguard services are the most important, although during this period there are few people who usually swim in the sea due to the cold temperatures. The lifeguard service will be active throughout Easter, until Easter Monday.
Toilets (eight on seven different beaches) have also been installed, as well as selective cleaning and waste collection points on each beach. Showers and foot-taps have also been activated on the beaches between Les Anquines (Terramar) and the town centre. The council has hired 19 people to carry out beach maintenance work, as is usual in the summer.
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