Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi 2021 in Barcelona

This year’s Sant Jordi's Day will be a more local and crowd-free celebration than usual, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Barcelona, booksellers and florists will be allowed to sell their products on the street between 21 and 23 April, and ten outdoor festival areas with controlled access will be set up all over the city on the day of Sant Jordi itself.

A different Sant Jordi’s Day

Find out about the COVID-19 prevention measures planned for Barcelona so you can enjoy a local, crowd-free Sant Jordi’s Day. Find out where the festival areas to be set up in the city for the sale of books and roses will be located.

Open video 2021 Reading Festival’s opening speech

2021 Reading Festival’s opening speech

This year's Sant Jordi Reading Festival’s opening speech was given by the writer Irene Vallejo, who talked with Xavi Ayén about her work and the role that reading and libraries have played in her life. Whatch the streamed video.

  • Where: Saló de Cent, Barcelona City Hall.
  • When: 22 April, at 6 pm

 

Books at a street stall

Districts and neighbourhoods

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s neighbourhoods and districts offer you proposals for enjoying a safe Sant Jordi / St George’s Day close to home. Find out all about it!

A woman looking at books in the Sala Ciutat

Go to Sala Ciutat

The bookshop specialises in publications about our city. You can find all the newly-published books and the complete catalogue of books published or jointly published by Barcelona City Council. The bookshop complies with all Covid-19 safety measures and on Sant Jordi’s Day, there is a 10% discount on everything you buy.

A father holding a bicycle with his daughter sitting on it and a bunch of roses in the basket

The tradition

Sant Jordi / St George’s Day is culture, flowers and love. And by the same token Barcelona is Sant Jordi. Few popular celebrations unite so many Barcelonians with their city as this day does. Discover its tradition!

Two boys dressed as knights are sitting on the ground reading

The legend of Sant Jordi

The dragon, the princess, the knight and the rose are at the centre of the legend of Sant Jordi, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is set in the town of Montblanc. The story was strongly revived during the Renaissance.

UNESCO City of Literature

For Sant Jordi’s Day, discover all the resources Barcelona has to offer as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Recommendations from Barcelona’s libraries

Viatjar per l’espai i el temps [Traveling through space and time]

There are those who, on Sant Jordi / St George’s Day, discover an author, fall in love with a book and are moved by a story. This year, to mark the Reading Festival’s Opening Speech which the writer Irene Vallejo will be giving, the city’s libraries are offering us new reading material to transport us through space and time.

Book cover from L’infinit dins d’un jonc. La invenció dels llibres al món antic

L’infinit dins d’un jonc. La invenció dels llibres al món antic

Irene Vallejo

This book speaks of the history of books. A tour through this artefact we invented so words could travel through space and time, examining the thread that unites the classics with the contemporary world.

Biblioteca Sagrada Família - Josep M. Ainaud de Lasarte

New on Barcelona Llibres

Here is the latest news on books about the city published or jointly published by Barcelona City Council On Sant Jordi’s Day you can find them all at our book stall in Plaça Reial, and at the Sala Ciutat bookshop, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Dibuixem Drawing Barcelona

Urban Sketchers Barcelona

Through different sketching styles, you can take a journey from the mountains to the sea, passing through unique and everyday spots in all the districts of Barcelona.

52 retallables. Gegants i gegantes de Barcelona

Nico Alonso (text) and Laia Berloso (illustration)

Play with the giants of the city and get to know them well. All the material is kept in a folder so as not to lose any of the pieces.

Encants i miralls de Barcelona

Rafael Vargas (photography and text), Enric H. March, Josep Bohigas, Óscar Guayabero and Victoria Bermejo (texts)

Graphic memoir of the Encants, the Fira de Bellcaire, one of the city's most unique markets. In it, you will find photographs, personal experiences history, humour and analysis.

América Sánchez en Barcelona

Albert Planas and Julià Guillamon

A journey through the professional and personal life of one of the most important, groundbreaking, independent graphic artists in the history of design in our city.

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