Sunday, June 24, 2012
Sant Joan festival celebrated with fairs and fireworks
Fire, water and herbs are symbols of Sant Joan's day. Fire symbolises purity, and for this reason fires are lit. Water symbolises healing causing people bathe in the sea on this night. Herbs symbolise remedy, especially rosemary, thyme and verbena, and some claim that for the night of Sant Joan their healing qualities are enhanced one hundred times over. Interesting that one of the types of incense on sale at the market was called cannabis. I'm not sure where this fits in.
There were several stalls selling cheese and we bought some sheep's milk cheese with rosemary and some tallegio that we will have later with a pear. We couldn't resist the liquorice fudge squares on sale at one of the candy stalls, and munched our way around the fair. There were stalls selling lovely pastries, thin crust pizza from an onsite pizza oven and a bread stall complete with bread oven cooking the loaves on site. Here we bought a lovely looking cereal loaf.
By now it was time for lunch and what better excuse do we need to visit Pati Blanc, the tranquil outdoor restaurant. Here I had a red pepper stuffed with meat, vegetables and pine nuts with a fennel taste. Delicious. Seamus had a selection of cold smoked fish. Of course this was accompanied by patatas bravas. We were entertained by a west highland terrier who got great pleasure from eating olives. Great value in such a beautiful setting.