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Barcelona, City of the Literature

  • Barcelona Ciutat de la literatura UNESCO

Welcome to Barcelona, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, which has a very special connection with the world of books. Many writers have been born here, have lived here and been welcomed, bringing the city to life through the eyes of their characters. Many parts of the city have featured in great novels. Barcelona has established itself as the capital of the publishing industry in Catalan and Spanish. It has more than three hundred bookshops, a network of forty public libraries with specialised collections, and every year it hosts literary festivals, fairs, book awards and events. Given such a background, it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular celebrations is Sant Jordi, the day of books and roses.

  • Literary tradition Barcelona



    Would you like to read Barcelona? You are in a city that is a major publishing hub, with a population of avid readers and which is the setting for books and novels whose authors tell you about the city from a variety of viewpoints. A UNESCO City of Literature.

  • Literary trails Barcelona



    We invite you to be the star of a fascinating story. Barcelona's charisma has made it the protagonist of great novels. Writers from Spain and abroad have brought the city to life through the eyes of their main characters. A different way of discovering Barcelona!

  • Literary corner


    Literary corner

    Find out all about Barcelona's relationship with literature through the collection of articles on our blog.

  • Agenda



    Barcelona hosts a great many cultural events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing music, dance, theatre and, of course, literature. Here's Barcelona's yearly calendar of literary events to keep you up to date with what's happening.

  • Sant Jordi, UNESCO World Book Day


    Sant Jordi, UNESCO World Book Day

    Sant Jordi is possibly the most eagerly awaited day in Barcelona. The city has a special atmosphere. Saint Jordi, or Saint George, is the patron saint of Catalonia, and the streets and squares of Barcelona are crammed with stalls selling books and roses, authors taking part in book signings and people giving each other flowers and books. This festival is hard to explain. You have to experience it for yourself!

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