There are towns around the world where street signs have a distinctive style and are like a signature of the town. Think about London for example, where the font is in black for the street name and in red for the cardinal direction in red. Or Paris, with the traditional blue background and green frame around the name and the district number written on top. All these details strengthen a town's identity.
The street signs in Sitges are also very unique and beautiful as they are made of azulejos creating a lovely and artistic composition around the name. As mentioned in some previous post, azulejos are tainted tiles produced with a technique typical of Spain (particularly used in regions such as Andalusia) and Portugal. The origin of this technique comes from the arabic culture and it is a real art. The street signs will combine the name of the street with a drawing of something that has to do with the street name.
The picture we have chosen for this post is the sign of calle Francisco Gumá. Mr Gumá was a Spanish businessman and politician who lived in 1800 and has worked extensively in the railway business and he contributed to the development of the railway connecting the town of Valls and Villanova to Barcelona among many other projects. Hence the drawing of a train next to his name.
As you can see the sign appear both in Catalan and in Spanish so nobody can get lost or confused! 🙂
post by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com