Events in Santa Margarida i els Monjos
Santa Margarida i els Monjos also has elements of heritage of great interest, as well as dozens of activities, such as Remeiart, the Market, the Transhumance Fair in October, and the Street Market among others.
Sunday street market
Clothing, food, plants, household goods… At els Monjos market you can find almost everything, even on a Sunday. This, together with good parking facilities and a select offer have meant that for more than 25 years, the market has become a benchmark in the region and in numerous parts of the metropolitan area.
Every Sunday at around 7 am, the streets near the car park at the entrance to els Monjos begin to receive visits from old acquaintances. Cars, vans and small trucks loaded with fruit, vegetables, clothes and household goods, utensils, plants, a variety of food, or a thousand other products that little by little are removed from their packaging to be ordered in a multicoloured mosaic of products.
The market is held every Sunday morning and currently covers an area of 1,200 linear metres spread out between Rambla de Penyafel, Cal Salines avenue and an area of the market car park.
Remeiart came into existence in 2011 in Santa Margarida i els Monjos as a project to teach and disseminate knowledge about herbal remedies promoted by the Town Council with the collaboration of the local entities and economic fabric with the aim of promoting herbs in all their possible uses: health, welfare, food, botany, etc.
The Remeiart Fair is held every third Sunday in June at Penyafort Castle, in Santa Margarida i els Monjos, and is entirely dedicated to remedial herbs and to all the products that can be made with them.
The parade becomes one of the most important daytime events in our county in terms of number of participants and audience and is considered the most participatory family event of carnival, as there are many carnival groups formed by clubs or members belonging to the same family who participate in it.
The Transhumance Fair is held in October in els Monjos and gathers producers and artisans of products related to livestock, wine and cava.
The Fair is part of the ‘Camí Ramader de Marina. From Cerdanya to the Penedès’ livestock path project, which stems from the concern of the municipalities of Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Lluçà and Llívia, among other bodies and entities, to preserve, enhance and promote transhumance and livestock tracks in Catalonia, devoting special attention to the ancient transhumant route that has allowed the movement of herds between the Pyrenees and the Penedès and Garraf coast since the middle ages.
The partnership agreement signed by the three municipalities demonstrates the desire to unite efforts and create synergies with the common goal of enhancing this historical, cultural and environmental heritage, and turning it into a resource for economic and tourism development at local and regional levels.
Must (grape juice) Festival
The Ràpita Must Festival launches two weekends of activities. Apart from the Corre-cellers wine-tasting route, you can also find the vine pruning contest, a tractor gymkhana, a corremost parade through the streets of the village, the communal feast of the sardine, hot chocolate, music performances, corre-cellers… and you must not miss the D.O. Penedès and Cava Wine Show, a great exhibition with a wide variety of wines and cavas from all over the region where you can taste each one of them!
Come to one of the most representative wine festivals of the Penedès!
Festes Majors – Major Feasts
Each municipality has its distinguishing feature in cultural and festive terms. In Santa Margarida i els Monjos, to talk about festivities is to refer to the tradition of its festes majors, both the minor winter festivities and the main ones in summer and autumn, which are organized by the various centres and entities for the enjoyment of children and adults alike.
They are traditionally celebrated on the occasion of a patron saint’s day: Sant Antoni Abat in January in els Monjos, Saint Raymond of Penyafort also in January in la Ràpita, Santa Margarida in July in els Monjos, Sant Domènec de Guzmán in August in la Ràpita, and around the feast of the Pillar in October in Cal Rubió.