When in Barcelona, do as the Catalans do. The 23rd of April is the day that locals prefer to celebrate romance and love, hence, it's nick name 'El Día de los Amantes,' (translated as Lovers Day). But don't let its name fool you, this day is much more than that. The tradition goes back to the 15th century, the time when Saint George became a legend in the literary world. His story involves a princess and a dragon. Saint George saved a beautiful princess who otherwise would have been in the hands of a dragon that had been terrorising a village. Today, various versions of this story remain, but these facts and traditions on this day remain the same: men buy roses for women, and woman buy a book for men. This explains why Barcelona gets filled on this day with bookstalls and roses. What's more, locals stall their balconies with Catalan flags. A perfect chance to capture Barcelona's true local culture!
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