Public holidays in Spain

Spanish national holidays and important dates 2017

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Here is a list of Spanish national holidays 2017, plus Spanish school holidays, daylight savings, Mother's and Father's Days and regional Spanish bank holidays.

The government in Spain determines the Spanish national holidays each year, although Spanish bank holidays differ between regions. While each community must observe the set national holidays in Spain, regional holidays can be decided by local governments. In 2017 every region has a total of 12 Spanish bank holidays, of which eight are celebrated as Spanish national holidays and four are celebrated as regional Spanish public holidays or municipal days.

Spanish national holidays are busy periods, particularly if a holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday and employees take a 'puente' (bridge) holiday of four days (dias festivos or vacaciones – holiday in Spanish). The government's proposal to move Spanish public holidays to Mondays and avoid this practice has yet to materialise.

Bank holidays in Spain that fall on weekends are sometimes replaced with alternate days (usually the following Monday), if the regional government so chooses. More recently, however, alternate days have not always been given.

Regional Spanish holidays usually coincide with large Spanish festivals and can be a spectacular time to visit a new city and try authentic Spanish food. However many of Spain's festivals are world famous meaning accommodation fills up quickly and prices are inflated, so it's important to book early if your trip falls over a Spanish national holiday.

Many businesses also close during the Spanish national and regional holidays. Each year you can check the Spanish holidays list on the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) – known as the 'work calendar' or calendario laboral – which is published around October each year, or see an interactive map of Spanish national holidays.

Below expat travel insurer Bupa lists all Spanish holidays in 2017.

Spanish national holidays and public holidays in Spain

(N) – national holidays
(R) – regional holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) (N)

January 2: Monday after New Year's Day (R) – Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Castilla and León, Murcia and Melilla.

January 6: Epiphany / Three Kings' Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos) (N)

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Elaborate parades are held in cities across Spain to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings.

February 29: Day of Andalusia (R)

March 1: Day of Balearic Islands (R)

March 20: Monday after Saint Joseph's day (San José) (R) – Extremadura and Madrid.

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Saint Joseph's day coincides with the end of the Valencia three-week Fallas festival that sees up to 400 large bonfire statues burnt to the ground.

April 13: Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) (R) – all regions except Catalonia.

April 14: Good Friday (Viernes Santo) (N)

April 17: Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua) (R) – Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre and Valencia.

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Semana Santa
(Holy Week) festivals are held throughout Spain for a week around Easter, with Seville holding the most famous parade.

April 23: St George's Day (San Jorge) – Catalonia [not an official holiday].

April 24: Day of Aragon / Day of Castile and Léon (R)

May 1: Labour Day/Worker's Day (Día del Trabajo) (N)

May 2: Day of Madrid (R)

May 15: Saint Isidore (San Isidro) – Madrid capital [not an official holiday].

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Food and fun mark Fiestas de San Isidro in Madrid.

May 16: Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (R) – Catalonia

May 17: Galician Literature Day (R)

May 30: Day of the Canary Islands (R)

May 31: Day of Castilla-La Mancha (R)

June 9: Day of Murcia / Day of La Rioja (R)

June 15: Corpus Christi (Fiesta del Corpus Christi) (R) – Castilla-La Mancha

June 24: St John's Day (San Juan) (R) – Catalonia.

July 25: St James' Day (Santiago Apostol) (R) – Basque Country and Navarre.

July 25: Day of Galicia (R)

July 28: Cantabrian Institutions Day (R) – Cantabria

August 15: Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen) (N)

September 1: Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice (Fiesta del Sacrificio) (R) – Ceuta and Melilla.

September 2: Day of Ceuta (R)

September 8: Day of Asturias / Day of Extremadura (R)

September 11: Day of Catalonia (Fiesta Nacional de Catalunya) (R) – marks the anniversary of the recapture of Barcelona in 1714.

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Flags are held high on the National Day of Catalonia.

September 15: Day of the Bien Aparecida (patron saint) (R) – Cantabria

October 9: Day of Valencia (R) – a historical commemoration of the date in 1238 when King James I officially entered the city of Valencia and freed it from Moorish rule.

October 12: Spain's National Day / Columbus Day (N)

November 1: All Saints’ Day (Fiesta de Todos los Santos) (N)

November 9: Virgin of Almudena (Virgen de la Almudena) – Madrid capital [not an official holiday]

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Cities around Spain light up for Navidad in December, with festive Christmas markets to browse as well.

December 6: Spanish Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) (N)

December 8: Immaculate Conception (La Immaculada) (N)

December 25: Christmas (Navidad) (N)

December 26: Saint Stephen's Day (R) – Catalonia.

Important dates and Spanish holidays

March 19: Father's Day (coincides with St Joseph's Day).

March 26: Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time (DST) starts.

May 7: Mother’s Day (Dia de la Madre) – first Sunday in May.

October 29: Clocks go back one hour (DST ends).

Halloween 31: Although All Saints Day on November 1 more important in Spain, some people celebrate Halloween.

Spanish school holidays

The academic year in Spain is from mid-September to mid-June. There are three terms of approximately 11 weeks:

  • mid-September to December (then a two week holiday);
  • after Epiphany to Easter (then two week holiday);
  • after Easter to mid-June (then a 10–12 week holiday).

Schools are closed on public and local religious holidays. Check with the website of your autonomous community or school for exact dates for 2017.

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Updated 2017.

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2 Comments To This Article

  • Mike posted:

    on 30th September 2016, 11:29:16 - Reply

    I don't know about the rest of Spain but 30th September is a public holiday here in Andalucia.
  • bob posted:

    on 16th February 2015, 19:29:45 - Reply

    whay dont dis website do info on holidays?