Sant Jordi in Barcelona: the streets are full of books … and color!


Sant Jordi is undoubtedly one of the most memorable holidays we have in Barcelona. And it’s memorable and -highlighted because, without being a holiday (although this year it is on Saturday), the atmosphere of festivity and on the street is gorgeous and very, very festive and enjoyable.

Sant Jordi is the patron of the city, and for this reason is already a day of joy. But is not that exactly what is being celebrated. Throughout Catalunya celebrates the “Day Book and the Rose”.

But go by. That April 23 is World Book Day is not something unique to Catalunya. The April 23 is World Book Day worldwide. In Spain, initially, booksellers first held in 1923 on the book, agreeing that April 23 was the day he died the famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. Later, in 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book Day is also celebrated on April 23, because William Shakespeare also died the same day.

As mentioned before, in Catalunya Sant Jordi is not only the day of the book, roses and … is also a day for love (in fact many people in Catalonia celebrates Sant Jordi and not as Valentine day love …). It is tradition that lovers give themselves a book and a rose (the man give a rose to the woman, the woman give a book to the man) given away and this makes Barcelona a kind of library-flower outdoors, full of temporary stalls selling .

Rosas en Sant Jordi en Barcelona

In Sant Jordi Barcelona’s main streets are full of people. Although the rivers of people we meet in the center of Barcelona can become somewhat overwhelming, worth seeing the streets turned into bookstores-florists outdoors. The main points of environment are undoubtedly La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya.


Licenciada en Periodismo y enamorada de Barcelona desde 1986. Disfruto escribiendo posts y haciendo fotos de mi ciudad natal para BCN City Hotels, tarea que combino con la comunicación y el marketing online freelance y me mantienen siempre conectada y en continuo aprendizaje.

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One Reply to “Sant Jordi in Barcelona: the streets are full of books … and color!”

  1. Thierry says:

    Nice blog and nice article!

    Can I make 2 comments?

    This year, Sant Jordi is not on Saturday but on Monday and Sant Jordi is not the patron of the city but the patron of Catalonia (the patrons of Barcelona are Sant Eulalia and Mercè).

    Have a nice Sant Jordi !

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