Sitges is situated 36 kilometres to the south from Barcelona
with a population of 20.000 ( census January 2000) which increases to 60,000
during the summer peak tourist season. Sitges was originally a fishing village
situated in the region Garraf, but now enjoys excellent (but disappearing)
beaches and one of the best tourist infrastructures in Spain.
The Sitges economy is mainly based on tourism and industry
(the construction industry and the cement factory, and the stone quarries in
Garraf). Tourism is mainly concentrated in Sitges, which offers excellent
premises and services, and three marinas.
Sitges has become a commercial centre with a great influx of
tourists during the whole year. As a result, the construction industry has
experienced a boom in second homes and houses for seasonal tourists.