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Barcelona has held a medicinal herb fair since the Middle Ages. In the 16th century it was decided to hold it on 11 May, the feast day of Sant Ponç. Today herbalists and crafts people line their stalls along Carrer de l'Hospital, in the Raval neighbourhood, where they have been since 1817, after passing through Plaça de Sant Miquel, Carrer de Sant Cugat del Rec and the area round Hospital de la Santa Creu.
The crowds of visitors who go there every year can find honey, fruit preserves, jam and marmalade, mató cheese, craft cheese, medicinal herbs and other products associated with eating and health. The fair is held in May because that is the time when most medicinal herbs blossom and are at their best.
The feast day of the patron saint of herbalists and beekeepers is also celebrated with other activities the Unió de Sant Ponç organises around this fair. On the night of 10 May, the saint's image is decorated with herbs and flowers to preside over the mass offered to him the following day, when it is taken in procession to bless the medicinal herbs that have been brought.
The Beer Festival returns to Poble Espanyol, inspired in the typical German Biergarten (beer gardens), which combine beer and gastronomy. With German beer and cuisine tasting, workshops, contests, gifts and music, visitors of all ages (there are also activities for children), will enjoy Spring in a fun way.
There are many different sides to Barcelona: the Barcelona with its traditional neighbourhoods, the Gothic, modernista and contemporary city… but there is also a green Barcelona, the Barcelona of parks and gardens. You’ll find them dotted around the city. These green spaces are always interesting, whether it be for their plants, urban design or sculptures.
Barcelona has ten accessible beaches, with Wi-Fi and excellent amenities and services inviting you to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year.
Nature in its purest state just a couple of hours away from Barcelona.
City squares, particularly in Barcelona, are a meeting point, the focus of city life that gauge the mood of its residents. Spending a Sunday exploring the city's squares can be a great way to discover the city.
There's one day every year when travellers and visitors to Barcelona feel like they're on another planet. This is a day when Barcelona is suffused with a different atmosphere and it seems that everybody heads to the streets. So if you're planning on coming to Barcelona and your visit coincides with 23rd April, you're in luck! You'll experience the city on what is arguably the Barcelonians' most cherished day.
Do you want to feel like a true Barcelonian? Well, if you do, you can't miss out on going for a vermut. For years this aromatic, herby wine has been the favourite Sunday pre-lunch tipple with local families.
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