The First Generation: Grandma Marieta
The Second Generation: Grandmother Elvira
The awnings were made of cloth, which was held by 5 wooden poles. These were well nailed to the sand and were not removed until the end of the season. The clothes were put on every morning and taken off every evening. The chairs are wicker armchairs and there are also wooden chairs where the client can already stretch a little more, to be more comfortable. We kept all the material in the "huts" on the wall. We no longer had to carry him by weight home.
The Third Generation: The Grandmother Maria
Grandpa Rafel and Iaia Maria were fishermen, working in the textile and shoemaking industry of the town and in the summer in the beach business. Maria is Elvira and Rafel's daughter, the third of 4 siblings, works with her husband and younger brother on the beach in Sitges every summer for the rest of her life. Maria's mother retires in the 1970s, and she and her husband Rafel and their daughters take care of her.
The sun loungers are made of wood first and later metal and are completely flat. And now people are sunbathing completely. The sun loungers are collected and stacked every evening and relocated every morning. It’s the hardest part of the day and it involves the whole family, from the biggest to the smallest, as much as possible!
Tourists, especially northern Europeans, come to our town looking for sun and beach, so they spend hours and hours roasting in the sun. It is the time of carrot tanner and oil to speed up tanning.
The Fourth Generation: Elvira
The sunbeds are already made of resin, much stronger and lighter. The awnings are still made of clothing and the metal structure. Due to climate change, tourists change their habits when sunbathing: Few people are in the sun all day so the demand for shade increases, both in awnings and umbrellas. We are more aware of the risks of sun exposure, so sunscreens predominate.
The Fifth Generation: Sílvia
Elvira's daughter, Silvia is the second of 4 sisters. After years of study, career and specialization in the social and clinical field, as a result of the crisis in our country, around 2016 he decided to make a radical change and work with his mother in the family business on the beach of Sitges. It is a hard profession, with a lot of uncertainty but that allows you a freedom that other professions do not allow you: travel, meet very diverse people and cultures. Kind, with a lot of character and a big smile, she is a handyman, who does the maintenance of the material herself, she is very clear about how this business and the beaches of Sitges should be today.
There are only small changes in the format of sunbeds, awnings and parasols, which make them stronger and lighter. Tourists come from all over the world to spend a few days in our town. The sun is getting stronger, so now what triumphs are high protection creams, hats and a lot of hydration.