It's a very special week in Barcelona. Come with us on our social programme (especially Monday) and see why.
Monday 23rd | It's Sant Jordi (St. George), the patron saint of Catalonia, and a very special day in the Barcelona year. We give books and roses to our loved ones. Come with us this afternoon and see what's happening around the (completely packed!) city centre.
Wednesday 25th | Come with us this afternoon to visit Montjuic.
Thursday 26th | Feria de abril
Friday 27 | We have a different theme each week for our Friday Club language exchange. Come along and celebrate in the bar/on the terrace (19.00-21.00)
Roses for Sant Jordi, eco-friendly ones! | Photo: Tom Walton
It's a very special week in Barcelona (and that's not because Barça are about to qualify for the Champions semi-finals!). Come with us on our social programme (especially Thursday) and see why.
Tuesday 21st | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port — home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
Wednesday 22nd | 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 takes in the remarkable Gaudídragon on the gate of the Finca Güell, the summer home of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí's great patron (16.00).
Thursday 23rd | It's Sant Jordi (St. George), the patron saint of Catalonia, and a very special day in the Barcelona year. We give books and roses to our loved ones (and we'll have a charity book stall here at IH Barcelona, on which we'll also be selling ecological roses for the same good cause). Come with us this afternoon and see what's happening around the (completely packed!) city centre.
Friday 24th | We have a different theme each week for the fun at our Friday Club language exchange and — although we'll be a day late, of course — what else could it be this week but Sant Jordi? 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 | Champions, Barça vsPSG (Tuesday, kick-off 20.45); Spanish League, Espanyol vsBarça (Saturday, kick-off 16.00).
We have a wonderful tradition here in Catalonia which is to give our loved ones roses (usually to the girl) and a book (traditionally to the boy) on Sant Jordi (St. George's Day, April 23). It's a pretty amazing day in Barcelona, so get out there Thursday with your camera or phone (and/or come with us on this week's social programme).
It is also true that it's become somewhat commercialised, with everyone out there outside every shop and on every corner, trying to make a buck and sell you books and roses. As a result, literally millions of roses have to be air-freighted in to be sold on Sant Jordi (and trashed the next day), which is kind of crazy and unsustainable.
We'll be selling books and roses ourselves here at IH Barcelona on Thursday — but for a good cause. We have an approximately termly charity booksale, with all proceeds going to La Escuelita, a school in Ecuador, which usually raises somewhere around €300-€500.
Because we believe doing our bit for the environment is important, the roses we'll be selling have been made from last year's surplus brochures and we"ll also be selling these for the same good cause.
You can see more photos (including some quite cool bookmarks we made by recycling visiting cards and Metro tickets) on our Instagram page and we have a second video here with a few more ideas of what you could use the roses for.
Note | We need books!
Preferably paperback novels in reasonable condition, in English, Spanish, Catalan, French or German (the languages we teach at IH Barcelona), if you have any you'd like to donate to a good cause.
¡Por fin llega Sant Jordi! Este viernes no te pierdas la fiesta del libro y la rosa.
Pero además de pasear por la ciudad y disfrutar del ambiente festivo con tu enamorada o enamorado, de comprar libros y rosas, si tienes algo de mitómano y te gustaría que tu escritor favorito deje su firma en su último libro, ¡esta es tu oportunidad!
En la página de las principales librerías de la ciudad tienes los horarios en los que puedes encontrar a cada autor:
Por ejemplo, en la parada de la librería Laie en Passeig de Gràcia/Casp, Javier Cercas firmará de 13 a 14 Anatomía de un instante, Manuel Rivas, de 19 a 20, La desaparición de la nieve; y en la de Passeig de Gràcia/Provença, Juanjo Sáez, de 12 a 13, Yo, otro libro egocéntrico de Juanjo Sáez, de 13 a 14 Paul Preston firmará Franco, el gran manipulador y de 17 a 18 Lorezo Silva firmará La estrategia del agua.
Sant Jordi (Saint George) is the patron saint of Catalonia and — as you will discover on Sant Jordi, this Thursday — one of the times of the year to see Barcelona.
Popular legend has it that the rose which we give to our loved ones (and which you will see being sold all over the city Thursday), sprang from the pool of blood which was all that was left of the dragon when Sant Jordi had finished with it.
The Sant Jordi in our photo is on Carrer Paradis, just off the Plaza Sant Jaume [map]; come with us photowalking on our social program Thursday and you'll discover many more…