It could be said that Christmas in Olesa really begins with the carrying of the nativity scene up to the Saba Cross, a wayside cross located on the peak of the Puigventós mountain, dating back to the 18th century. Olesa’s Catalan Hiking Club (UEC) has been organizing this traditional, convivial outing on the last Sunday before Christmas since 1969.
The nativity scene is created each year by a club member, and visitors to the peak can see it throughout the Christmas season and leave their impressions in a notebook accompanying the display. The nativity scene is picked up on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 6) and kept as part of the association’s collection of historic artifacts.
Olesa de Montserrat is a municipality rich in culture and tradition, located in the foothills of the mountain of Montserrat. Olesa de Montserrat is located in the north of the comarca (county) of Baix Llobregat, in the subcomarca of Montserratí, halfway between Barcelona and the Montserrat Monastery. The natural area of the municipality, with its beautiful and magnificent scenery, is bounded by the Llobregat river and the mountain chains of Sant Salvador de les Espases and Puigventós. Olesa’s roots are markedly agricultural; it is noted in particular for its cultivation of olives of the palomar or Olesan variety, native to the region, from which the famous Olesan oil is extracted.
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