What’s Sant Jordi Day? Is it a book fair? Is it a popular festival? Is it the Catalan St. Valentine’s Day? If you are new to Barcelona and happen to be visiting the city on 23rd April, you will be surprised by one of the most lively and cultural festivals of the Catalan capital.

WHAT

Sant Jordi (St George) is the patron of Catalonia and Aragon. In Catalonia Sant Jordi is also the day of books and roses. The tradition here is to celebrate Love by exchanging a book for a rose. The Ramblas and central squares of Barcelona display open-air bookstores where you can find books of any kind, from antiques to the latest best sellers, and roses of any colour. Many authors are invited to join and you can reach them there for an autograph or a talk. The city centre is livened up with people and the spring air makes this a perfect day for a stroll in pursuit of books and beautiful roses.

WHERE

Barcelona: the Ramblas, Rambla de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and all the central streets and squares of the city.

WHEN

23rd April, every year.