What to do in Barcelona on Sant Jordi day

What to see in Barcelona in Sant Jordi. A day of celebration where roses and books are the protagonists.

The tradition is to give roses to women and books to menAlthough many of us break the rules and give away only books, roses, or both. A Catalan tradition where the streets are filled with color and joy.

a red rose on an open book
What to do in Barcelona on Sant Jordi day

This April 23 For the first time since the beginning of the Pandemic we will be able to enjoy Sant Jordi's day in all its splendor.

The story of the princess and the dragon

The festival of Sant Jordi is a day that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in Catalonia. On April 23, the streets of cities and towns are packed with people and stalls selling books and roses. It is about celebrating the festivity of the patron saint of Catalonia and remembering this tradition based on love and culture.

According to legend a long time ago, in Montblanc (Tarragona), a fierce dragon able to poison the air and kill with his breath, terrified the inhabitants of the city.

The inhabitants, scared and tired of his havoc and misdeeds, decided to calm him down by feeding one person a day that would be chosen by lottery. After several days, bad luck it was the princess's turn.

When the princess left her home and went towards the dragon, a knight named Sant Jordi, in shining armor and white horse, suddenly appeared to come to his rescue. Sant Jordi he raised his sword and pierced the dragon, finally freeing the princess and the citizens.

From the dragon's blood sprouted a rose bush with the reddest roses ever seen. Sant Jordi, triumphant, plucked a rose and offered it to the princess.

What to see in the center of Barcelona on the day of Sant Jordi

Throughout the city you will have several activities to live Sant Jordi in the most authentic way possible.

  • Visit Paseo de Gracia. Especially the Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló dresses up and seeing it on one of its most splendid days is one of the best plans you can do in Barcelona.

red roses decorated on balconies of a building
Casa Batlló in Sant Jordi

Address: Pg. de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona

  • Sale of solidarity roses at the Barcelona City Hall

Sale of solidarity roses where The amount raised will go entirely to non-profit associations. The entities that will benefit this year from this initiative are:

  • Well-being and Development Association (ABD)-ABD Group
  • In Via Association
  • ECOM
  • Red Cross in Barcelona

Dates: 23 / 04 / 2023

Address: Pl. de Sant Jaume, 1, 08002 Barcelona

  • Sant Jordi in the modernist enclosure of Sant Pau

Enjoy a Open day at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site with all kinds of activities to celebrate Sant Jordi Day.

Program of activities: 11.30-14 h

book stand

Main access to Sant Pau. From 10.00:18.30 a.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.

The Recinto Modernista store will install a book sales point where you will find the latest literary novelties and a wide selection of titles on modernism, architecture and the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

See all the details here

Dates: 23 / 04 / 2023

Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona

  • Open doors at the Library of Catalonia for Sant Jordi

To celebrate Sant Jordi, the Library of Catalonia will open its doors and offer various free activities.

A day of free activities with guided tours, free visits and exhibitions.

There will be guided group tours and free tours, and you can also see exhibitions exemplified by the rich and various collections of the Library of Catalonia, a heritage that constitutes the testimony of the literary, artistic and cultural creation of Catalonia over the years.

Program of activities: 10:00 – 14:30

Dates: 23 / 04 / 2023

Address: Carrer de l'Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona

  • El Sant Jordi Musical 

The Old Estrella Damm Factory will host eight hours of non-stop music, with about twenty concerts on three different stages.

Market for records, vinyl, books and artist signatures.

All with free entry.

Dates: 23 / 04 / 2023

Address: Carrer del Rosselló 515 Barcelona

  • Sant Antoni Book Market for Sant Jordi

The week that Sant Jordi Day is celebrated, the booksellers of the Sant Antoni Sunday Book Market will exhibit their book stalls with the Sant Antoni Market as a pillar and reference.

man looking for books
Photo by Luca Dal Molin

In addition to enjoying the books visitors will be able to enjoy the food from the market food and buy clothes in the Encants de Sant Antoni.

Dates: From 20/04/23 to 23/04/2023

Address: Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona

  • Sant Jordi the Princess and the Dragon

Puppet show about the legend of Sant Jordi

The legend of the knight Sant Jordi and how he saved the princess from being devoured by a dragon. We will meet numerous characters who were present in the development of this story, full of emotions, surprises, humor and action.

From 3 years.

Dates: From 06/04/2023 to 01/05/2023

More information on the Barcelona's town hall.

Enjoy Sant Jordi your way and let Barcelona surprise you on one of your most special days.

𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚛 ♡ 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞

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