Book and rose stalls fill the streets of the municipality on the feast day of the patron saint of Catalonia, Sant Jordi. Although not a public holiday, citizens participate actively in this festival on April 23.
It is a day featuring various activities, such as: the awards ceremony for the best children’s and youth short stories in Catalan written by students from local schools; children’s workshops and stalls organized by local associations; music performances; and tastings of local cuisine offered by Olesan restaurants.
And it all takes place in the imposing presence of the Catalan Hiking Club’s dragon, Olivé, in front of the town hall, representing one of the protagonists in the legend of Sant Jordi, and the photos of the people, both old and young, who dare to approach him.
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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