SitgesĀ beaches, the most frequently photographed on Flickr
For the second year in a row, according to the digital edition of La Vanguardia newspaper, Sitges’ beaches, and more specifically Garraf beach, are the most frequently photographed in Spain on Yahoo’s image service.
According to La Vanguardia newspaper’s publication in their digital edition, and to information from the EFE agency, Sitges’ beaches, and more specifically Garraf beach, are, for the second year in a row, the most frequently tagged in all of Spain on Flickr, Yahoo’s photography service. Sitges’ beaches are followed by Tarifa beach (Cadis) and Benidorm beach (Alacant).
According to Flickr, of the 420 thousand plus geotagged images with the word Spain, 144 thousand correspond to Sitges, the equivalent of 34.2% of the photographs. According to the Town Councilor for Tourism & Beaches, Aurora Carbonell, “this is yet another indication of our coast’s allure, with beach cities full of charm and coves with a great potential”.
The evolution of technologies and the immediacy of websites like Flickr make it possible for any citizen, tourist or visitor to have the tools to photograph and share their location and the things they enjoy with the rest of the world. In this regard, the reputation of Sitges 2.0 was also reaffirmed in early July when the Trivago.es search engine published a ranking with the 70 most frequently searched beach destinations. Sitges is the town with the hotels that have the best reputation out of all the Catalan destinations with 80.28 points out of 100, based on the analysis of 140 million opinions from 200 reservation websites. Following Sitges’ hotels are the ones from Palamós, Castell – Platja d’Aro and Roses.
Towards the end of the month of June, a study by the Barcelona Diputació (the City Council) also established that Sitges is the most “IT-based” destination in the province of Barcelona with 72% of the tourists organizing their trips through agency websites, 17.6% through generic websites and 13.7% through destination websites. According to the study, the most consulted sites are Tripadvisor and Booking, followed by Google/Google Maps, and 54.6% consult Internet to organize their trip, while 31.8% do it following recommendations from family and friends. Actually, 65.7% of the tourists visiting Sitges are connected to their smartphone and 20% to tablets during their stay.