If you think that a visit to Barcelona is only about the city, the history, the monuments, the architecture, the people, the neighborhoods, the parties, the beach and the tapas, then you are mistaken. Barcelona has so many other things to offer to a visitor that wants to explore this great city.
You can do many sport activities as well as visits to natural reserves or you can visit many fairs that take place throughout the year. But there is something unique that stands out from the rest. Every 23rd of April, the day of celebration of Sant Jordi (Saint George in English), who is also the patron saint of Catalonia, something unique happens in Barcelona. So, if you are looking to visit and rent an apartment in Barcelona, this is your opportunity to enjoy this unique day.
What can I see during Sant Jordi in Barcelona 2019
According to tradition, during that day men are supposed to give roses to women and women to give books to men. It is actually like St. Valentine but with books. The reasons books are given that day is because Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes, died that day. Regardless if that tradition is kept, everywhere you go during that day in Barcelona you find kiosks and people selling books and roses. Temporary markets and stalls are set up at this day selling those two items. Books are sold in discounts and you might also come across a book signing from a local or international writer.
Although that day is not a public holiday, usually it coincides with spring and good weather. Locals and tourists take some time off to buy roses and check on books for themselves or as gifts. You can also visit a book-exchange market, a poetry reading and many book fairs. For instance, during that day at the Plaça de Sant Just you can visit a book festival dedicated to small and limited editions. Many institutions in the city at that day, like the City Hall or the Palau Güell have an open day. So, this is your chance to visit them as well and combine that day with some sightseeing.
Besides roses and books what else?
During that day, besides books and roses and open days for many institutions, the city is also filled with concerts and festivals, with many local and international artists performing. Rambla de Catalunya (not to be mistaken for the Ramblas) is the center of all activity but you might encounter many people during rush hour. You might also want to head towards other squares, like Plaça Sant Jaume or Plaça de Catalunya. In all those places you can enjoy the celebration of Sant Jordi and get a feeling of the city. You can browse books, buy roses, listen to good music and meet great people. So, if you are looking to find an apartment to rent near La Rambla or close to Sagrada Familia, for you, for your partner, for your friends or for your colleagues and assistants, then you will be able to find a huge variety for as many people as you want visiting the city during Sant Jordi.