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/ April, 2021
10 Things you can do this Sant Jordi 2021

Hi Sharies! The day of Sant Jordi is approaching. Although this year is going to be a little different from the previous ones, we want to propose some ideas for this Sant Jordi in 2021.

Enjoy 10 different plans adapted for the Covid-19 situation.

The legend

For those who do not know the mythical fantastic legend in which this tradition is framed, we leave you a summary of the legend of Sant Jordi. From this, comes all the tradition that is still maintained today and where the importance and symbolism of the rose comes from. Without a doubt, Sant Jordi is one of the most popular and most charming traditions in Catalonia.

Long ago, in the town of Montblanc there was a dragon that terrorized its inhabitants. The poor people gave him one person a day as a sacrifice, chosen by lottery, to try to quench his anger.

Hasta que un día le tocó a la hija del rey. Pero en el momento en el cual el dragón iba a devorar la princesa, apareció un caballero: Sant Jordi. El cual mató al dragón y rescató a la princesa. La leyenda cuenta que desde la sangre del dragón surgió un rosal de rosas rojas.

The day of Sant Jordi, April 23, has become the day of lovers in Catalonia, a day in which women receive a red rose and men a book.

Restrictions in Barcelona for Sant Jordi 2021

With the health situation in which we find ourselves now, we have to take into account that this Sant Jordi is going to have a little different things. Here we leave you the regulations to be able to experience Sant Jordi in the safest way possible.

  • The activities will take place from April 21 to 23, to avoid crowds on Sant Jordi’s day
  • The book and flower stands will be outdoors, with controlled access. Only professionals from the sector may exhibit
  • The stalls will be distributed in a dozen spaces throughout the city, among which: Plaça Reial, Paseo de Grácia and Rambla Poble Nou.
  • Bookstores and Florists will be able to have a stand in front of your store, from April 21st. They may also exhibit indoors, with a maximum capacity of 50%
  • Unfortunately there will be no meetings and lunches with the writers, but they are evaluating how to do the meetings for the firms.

Sant Jordi’s speech

Irene Vallejo is the writer in charge of reading the pregó de Sant Jordi 2021. During the event organized by the libraries of Barcelona, Irene will talk about her experience with books with the journalist Xavi Ayén.

1. Bookstands and roses

This year we return to retake the mythical positions of Sant Jordi. The streets are going to be filled with books and roses, yes, this year only professional booksellers and florists are allowed. From the 21st you can already enjoy walks through the charming streets of Barcelona. Find among the stops the best book and the best rose for the most loved ones.

2. Literary Route

This Sant Jordi, discover all the baggage of the city of Barcelona with literature. Barcelona was an inspiration site for many authors while they were creating their works, take a walk at the streets and destinations that illuminated the writers and feel part of their history. Celebrities such as the writer Vargas Llosa, J.V. Foix or Carlos Ruiz Zafón for example, used the avenues and routes of the Catalan capital to write their books.

3.Open bookstores

During this day, most of the bookstores in Barcelona open their doors for free. All of them decorated to celebrate the day of Sant Jordi on high. At popular prices people buy, swap, and read books everywhere. Therefore see the showcase or being able to access bookstores with years of history such as the Rodés bookstore are some things you can do on the day of the dragon and the rose.

If you want to know more about bookstores, click here.

4. Open Museums

The museums and emblematic buildings of the city rarely have open days at the same time. Both MACBA and MNAC will be accessible. What’s more, the Güell Palace, the City Council, the modernist Sant Pau building, the National Library of Catalonia or the Ateneu are buildings that normally you have to pay to go in, but on this day all access are open therefore all the people who want to visit them and see how they are inside can do so without restrictions. Take advantage of this opportunity on Sant Jordi’s day!

5. Gastronomic Route

During this special day, bars, cakestores, bakeries and even ice cream shops coincide to create original sweet recipes that we can taste for a small price. Cupcakes with the shape of a rose, biscuitslooking like a book, ice cream made with berries and petals are just some of the examples that we are talking about, let yourself fall in love with this flavours and explore Barcelona looking for best ones this day.

6. Decorate and prepare your home

As we have already mentioned before, on Sant Jordi day all Barcelona dresses up and your house cannot be less. Create ideas with your family, alone or with friends and show off your decoration to the world. For instance, garlands, decorations made with flowers, award-winning terraces and things for the little ones in the house. On this day full of love, literature and rose petals give a new touch to your home and make sure to celebrate it.

7. Visit the flowershops of la Rambla

Along the Rambla there are some stalls that stand out above the others, the flower shops. Glazed enclosures that shine and attract the attention for the bright colors of the flowers they sell. Flowers of all types and species. From small to large, with or without thorns, each and every one of them is sold to make the day more colorful. During this day, be sure to visit them and take a couple of photos over there. You will not regret it. Enjoy the magic of flowers this Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

8. Take a break in Gracia

After an intense day you deserve a break, the Gràcia squares are an ideal place to take it. Refresh yourself while you are surrounded by the atmosphere of Sant Jordi, bookstores, decorated shops, a good atmosphere and without a doubt, one of the best places to take a breather and rest before starting off again.

If you want to know more about terraces available in Barcelona, ​​we told you in this article.

9. Author Signatures

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It is not yet clear what the protocol for book signing will be this Sant Jordi. However, it is most likely that the authors will continue to attend what is one of the most important literary events of the year in Catalonia. So if you want one of your favorite authors to sign that book that you like so much, you will probably be able to see one of them, always, yes, maintaining the security measures and conditions of each stop.

10. Give roses or Books

As is already known , during the Sant Jordi celebration you can breathe romance and literature, love and tradition and one of the most symbolic gifts is the rose and the book. Give a rose to all those you love, or a book instead and open the doors to new worlds. On this emblematic day, do not run out of words, make her or him know in the best way.

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