Sant Jordi, a very special week in Barcelona

A rose for Sant Jordi

A rose for Sant Jordi | Photo: Tom Walton

Saturday this week is Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day), when tradition here has it that the boy gives his girl a rose, the girl giving her guy a book (which he's supposed to read!) in return. Join the crowds in the Spring sunshine — this is Barcelona looking its best.

On our social programme before Saturday:

  • Tuesday 19th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art, it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 20th | Our trip this afternoon takes us to the lovely gardens of the Palacio Real de Pedralbes, which was home to the Spanish monarchy 1919-1931 whenever they visited the city, and also in the remarkable Gaudí dragon on the gate of the Finca Güell, the summer home of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí's great patron (16.00).
  • Thursday 21st | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
  • Friday 22nd | We have a different theme each week for our Friday Club language exchange and this week it obviously had to be Sant Jordi. Come along and celebrate it with us, a day early, in the bar/on the terrace (19.00-21.00).

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also this week | Spanish League, Barça vs Sporting de Gijón (Saturday, kick-off 20.30).

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