The recent long Pentecost weekend (also referred to in Spain as la Segunda Pascua or ‘Second Easter’) saw a very high occupancy rate in hotels, rental apartments and restaurants in Sitges, and a welcome economic boost to the town. There was a great influx of visitors, the same as during Easter, and very similar to pre-pandemic times.
Many hotels were close to being 100% full, while others were around 90%, with the average rate of the rooms being the same as that of a high season before the pandemic.
The high level of occupancy is also being seen during weekdays, especially with this week’s Sitges Pride, with many hotels fully booked for this coming weekend.
Bars and restaurants have also seen a high turnover of customers, with many doing two sittings, and having to turn down reservations because of being fully booked or from lack of space. Local shops have also enjoyed a high volume of visitors and transactions.
High temperatures have meant that the beaches are more crowded than usual in early June. There have been many cases of visitors arriving and being surprised that the beach bars and sunbed services have not yet been installed. The Sitges Town Council finally expects that the first ones will be installed during next week, even if temporarily, once the concessions for the less central beaches have been announced. The final set of licenses, according to the council’s forecasts, will have been awarded to the new concessionaires before the festival of Sant Joan (23 June).
Sant Pere de Ribes also enjoyed an unusually busy weekend, thanks to the Indian Market, which filled the town with visitors from nearby towns.
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