Sant Jordi 2021Main Events, Popular festivals
This is one of the most keenly anticipated and widely celebrated Catalan public holidays. According to the traditional tale, Sant Jordi (Saint George) killed the dragon that used to live in Montblanc where it terrorized the local population, thus saving the king's daughter from certain death. Legend has it that a beautiful rose bush sprang up in the spot where the dragon's blood was spilled. From the 18th century onward, the Sant Jordi festival became widely identified as a Catalan 'fiesta' which these days arouses great popular, civic and cultural passion. On Sant Jordi's Day, lovers exchange a rose and a book and every town and city in Catalonia is filled with stalls set up to sell both. The center of Barcelona becomes just one big open-air bookshop where you can find everything from the latest publications to renowned writers signing copies of their work.
Enjoy Catalan festival in the different neighborhoods and streets of the city!
Books and Roses booths in the city:
- Passeig de Gràcia (from ronda Sant Pere to carrer Aragó).
- Passeig Lluís Companys.
- Jardinets de Gràcia.
- Plaça Reial.
- Plaça de Valdívia (les Corts).
- Plaça de la Vila (Gràcia).
- Plaça de Sarrià (Sarrià).
- Jardins Centelles del Palau Macaya (Eixample).
- Plaça Universitat.
- Plaça Orfila (Sant Andreu).
- Rambla del poblenou, Pallars, Llacuna i Pujades avenue.
This year you'll be able to see Sant Jordi's opening speech online and discover the traditional activities and new things to do so you can enjoy Barcelona over the coming days. Take a look because there are suggestions for people of all ages!
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