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Sant Jordi Festival in Barcelona 2019 - Catalunya's Valentine's Day. The "Rose and Book" Festival.

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Sant Jordi, or Saint George's Day is much more than a simple feast day in Barcelona. It is the Catalan equivalent to Valentine's Day and love is in the air!

Stalls along Las Ramblas provide roses and books on Sant Jordi day
Stalls along Las Ramblas provide roses and books on Sant Jordi day

Each year, the streets are filled with people strolling around grasping books and roses wrapped in ribbons in the colours of the Catalan flag (The Senyera).

Sant Jordi is not a public holiday; therefore all of the shops and restaurants are open as normal. However, there is no mistaking the feeling that this is fiesta time.

The Background to Sant Jordi

The story of Sant Jordi is the same as the one that is known worldwide. Saint George was a hero - he saved a beautiful Princess who was about to come to a sticky end at the hands of a dragon who had been terrorising a village. There are various versions of the story but these facts always remain the same. Sant Jordi is the Patron Saint of Catalunya and his tale is well-known throughout the city.

Sant Jordi day is one of the most popular events in Barcelona's calendar.
Sant Jordi is one of the most popular calendar events in Barcelona. This is a shot of Las Ramblas on the day

What happens on the day?

The basic idea for Sant Jordi is that men give women roses and women give men books. And it can be anybody, not necessarily your partner or somebody who you have taken a liking to. For this feast, boys buy roses for their mums; girls buy books for their friends. Also, in today's forward thinking society the rules are no longer set regarding who gets what. A girl is just as likely to receive a book and vice versa.

Sant Jordi Festival Barcelona, Spain.

The streets and squares of Barcelona are filled with stalls selling books and roses. It is a picturesque sight in the Spring sunshine. Couples walk hand in hand clutching roses. The buses are jam packed with old Catalan people, tipsy from a day of strolling from bookshop to vermouth stop.

Sant Jordi Festival Barcelona, Spain.

Where are the best places to head to?

During Sant Jordi stalls crop up all over town. However, for the largest concentration of stalls it is best to head to the large square and streets: as shown below. La Rambla will be the centre of all the activity however it can become a little overcrowded during peak hours in which case you could try going to one of the other squares mentioned below.

Plaça Sant Jaume

How to get to Plaça Sant Jaume

Metro Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)

Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Plaça Sant Jaume is "Catedral - Gòtic" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus

Public bus

Via Laietana / Plaça Ramon Berenguer: 45, 120, V15, V17
La Rambla / La Boqueria: 59, 91, V13

Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Plaça Sant Jaume

Plaça de Catalunya

How to get to Plaça de Catalunya

Metro Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) and (Green Line, L3)

Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Plaça de Catalunya is "Plaça de Catalunya" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus

Public bus

Plaça Catalunya: 24, 41, 42, 55, 66, 67, 68, V15, H16, Aerobús

Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Plaça de Catalunya

La Rambla (Las Ramblas)

How to get to La Rambla

Metro Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)
Metro Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)
Metro Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3)

Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Las Ramblas

Map showing the centre of activity for Sant Jordi day in Barcelona

= Metro Stops = Hotel

Map showing the location for the centre of activities for Sant Jordi's day.

Pulitzer Hotel (4 Star)
1898 Hotel (4 Star)
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Jazz Hotel (3 Star)
Midmost Hotel (3 Star)
Atlantis Hotel (3 Star)
Lleo Hotel (3 Star)
Regina Hotel (4 Star)
Catalunya Plaza Hotel (3 Star)
Gravina Hotel (3 Star)
Continental Hotel (3 Star)
Cortes Hotel (2 Star)
Royal Hotel (4 Star)
Nouvel Hotel (3 Star)
NH Barcelona Centro Hotel (3 Star)
Monte Carlo Hotel (3 Star)
Serhs Rivoli Rambla Hotel (4 Star)
Meridien Hotel (5 Star)
Silken Ramblas Hotel (4 Star)
Colon Hotel (4 Star)
Neri Hotel (4 Star)
Jardi Hotel (2 Star)
Ingles Hotel (1 Star)
Principal Hotel (2 Star)
Hostal Operaramblas (2 Star)
Benidorm Hostal (2 Star)
Gaudí Hotel (3 Star)
Oriente Hotel (3 Star)
Adagio Hotel (2 Star)
Rialto Hotel (4 Star)
Suizo Hotel (3 Star)
Duquesa De Cardona Hotel (4 Star)
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel (5 Star)
Catalunya Metro
Liceu Metro
Liceu Metro
Drassanes Metro
Catalunya Metro
Monegal Hotel (2 Star)

The event is an all day event so there are no fixed hours. The best thing would be simply to make your way to anywhere along Las Ramblas which will be the centre of all the activity. However you will find flower and books stalls popping up all over the city on this day.

Ajuntament de Barcelona (town council) opens its doors to the public.

There are only 3 days in the year in which the Ajuntament de Barcelona, opens its doors to the public and Sant Jordi day is one of these. You will be able to take a stroll through the Ajuntament de Barcelona and see its interior. The Ajuntament de Barcelona is open until 20:00 for the public to visit.

Sardana Dancing (Catalan traditional folk dancing)

From 15:00 to 20:00 there will be Sardana dancing in Placa Sant Jaume which is well worth a visit. The Sardana is a traditional Catalan folk dance.

Sardana Dancing - traditional Catalan folk dancing
Traditional Catalan Dancing - The Sardana

Romantic hotels in Barcelona

If the theme of your visit to Barcelona is romance then we have put together a review of what we think to be the most romantic hotels in the city centre. Staying at one of these hotels could add that little extra romance to your visit.

Romantic hotels in Barcelona city centre.

If you reason for a visit on Barcelona's Valentine's day is to propose we have also put together a page on the best romantic proposal spots that add that extra drammatic setting.

The Feast of Sant Jordi is a treat for the eyes with the streets filled with stalls selling beautiful flowers. Make sure to bring your camera and plenty of memory cards. Take a stroll, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day Catalan-style.

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