This is the Sitges trivia page. We have collected some information on Sitges which can seen as both interesting and useless!

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This months Sitges video

Sitges in 1964.

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The first Pacha club in history

The first Pacha club was opened in Sitges 1967 by the Urgell brothers, Ricardo and Piti. The latter also being the founding DJ. Piti played a mixture of British rock (Island Records was a favourite label with bands like Spooky Tooth and Traffic particular favourites) and pop and soul. The early ’70s was somewhat different to now. “There were two floors and two worlds,” explains Piti. “The touristy side was on one floor and the hippie world was on the other floor. The same music but totally different scenes on the different sides. Lots of hippies would come, but the tourists would come and they would also pay. The hippies would just bring their dogs.”

Piti Urgell, DJ/Owner
"The interior in Sitges was similar to a beach-style club. Dark, very beautiful, but quite simple for the time; but the most important thing was the sound. It’s changed a bit now, but it’s still there. Lots of people would come and see what it was like, because they’d heard about it. It was people summering who came there, there were lots of French and Swedish and Dutch, but the first year it was mainly Spanish. I’d been spending summer in Sitges since I was little and many of the people who came were typical looking tourists. Good people, generally, not particularly posh but we’d occasionally get rich people from France. Once the police came and and looked around and they said that that the club wasn’t up to scratch because it was too dark to read. My brother told them, 'well, that’s not a problem because nobody comes here to read!'. But they didn’t close the place. We never had problems connected with Franco but sometimes we’d get hassle from the tax office and once a tax inspector came and confiscated our records."

Sitges in the movies

The location of Sitges has been chosen for many films and TV shows, obviously for its beauty and ambience. The same clear, natural 'light' that first attracted artists years ago has been proven to be just as attractive to camera crews and photographers alike.

 

More Sitges movie locations coming soon!

Day of the Triffids (1962)

Trailer first, then the final scene...recognise anything?

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 The Sitges Terramar Autodrome.

You may have wondered what that bloody great thing on the right hand side of the road is when driving along the C32 from Vilanova to Sitges (or you may never of noticed it!).

The Sitges Terramar is a former racing circuit located between Sant Pere de Ribes and Sitges. Although minor races were sporadically held on the circuit through the 1950s, it was largely abandoned after the inaugural season of 1923. Owing to the excellence of its construction, the track remains intact even after 80 years of disuse.

The construction of the Sitges-Terramar circuit in 1922 caused all existing Spanish tracks to become obsolete. Built by Frick Armangue who founded a company called Autodromo Nacional, S.A. and designed by architect Jaume Mestre. The construction took 300 days with a final cost of 4 million pesetas.
The racing circuit had a length of 2 km, the width varying from 18 to 22 m, with the banked curves having an interior radius of 100 m.

The venture was not financially sound, and the distance from Barcelona caused additional difficulty. The rapidly escalating performances of racing vehicles soon resulted in the track becoming insufficient for the requirements of racing, and after the takings of the first meetings were seized by the constructors, making it impossible to pay the prizes, international races were prohibited.

By 1925 the track was virtually abandoned and the Catalunyan Automobile Club and the Penya Rhin started to run it but with limited success. Edgard de Morawitz purchased the track at the beginning of the 1930s, and in 1932 the Spanish Track Motorcycling Championship was held, and in the 1950s a speed race of the VI "Volta a Catalunya" competition. After these events, the Sitges motor racing circuit was completely abandoned.

Hope of a revival?
There are rumours that the Sitges-Terramar is be restored. It is said that the derelict oval circuit at Sitges-Terramar in Catalunya is to be restored as 'The Motor Racing Resort'. A limited number of historic meetings are hoped to be run at the re-vamped facility.

To the left is the original poster for Autodromo of Sitges and below that is the satellite view of the track as it stands today- how could you have not noticed that?!

More photos of the track.

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Bacardi

Facundo Bacardí, a wine merchant, was born in Sitges in 1814 and emigrated to Cuba in 1830. During this period, rum was cheaply made and not considered to be a refined drink and rarely sold in upscale taverns. Don Facundo began attempting to "tame" rum. After experimenting with several techniques he hit upon filtering the rum through charcoal, which removed the impurities. In addition to this, Facundo aged the rum in oak barrels, which had the effect of 'mellowing' the drink. The final product was the first clear, or 'white' rum in the world.

Source: wikipedia.org

So next time you are sitting in the sun in Sitges sipping your Mojito, remember that you may be looking out at the very same view as the man who invented Bacardi enjoyed many years ago …that should make it taste even better!

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