Living in Spain? Here’s a list of all the Spanish public holidays you need to know in 2020, as well as other important dates to make a note of on your calendar.
Whether you’re living in Spain or just visiting, it’s important to note the dates of Spain’s public holidays and important dates. This is because on some of these dates, businesses and public institutions will close or have reduced hours.
To ensure you don’t miss out on anything important, our guide puts together a list of Spain’s public holidays and important dates for your calendar.
Introduction to Spanish public 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 2020, 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 on 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 is 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 website of your local autonomous community, which will normally publish a list at the start of each year.
Spanish public and regional holidays 2020
(N) – national holidays
(R) – regional holidays
- Wednesday, 1 January: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) (N)
- Monday, 6 January: Epiphany/Three Kings’ Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos) (R) – all regions except Basque Country and La Rioja
- Friday, 28 February: Day of Andalusia (R)
- Sunday, 1 March: Day of Balearic Islands (R)
- Thursday, 19 March: Saint Joseph’s day (San José) (R) – Extremadura and Madrid
- Thursday, 9 April: Holy Thursday (Jueves Santo) (R) – all regions except Catalonia
- Friday, 10 April: Good Friday (Viernes Santo) (N)
- Monday, 13 April: Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua) (R) – Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre and Valencia
- Thursday, 23 April: St George’s Day (San Jorge) – Catalonia (not an official holiday)
- Thursday, 23 April: Day of Aragon/Day of Castile and Léon (R)
- Friday, 1 May: Labour Day/Worker’s Day (Día del Trabajo) (N)
- Saturday, 2 May: Day of Madrid (Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid) (R)
- Friday, 15 May: Saint Isidore (San Isidro) – Madrid (not an official holiday)
- Sunday, 17 May: Galician Literature Day (R)
- Saturday, 30 May: Day of the Canary Islands (R)
- Sunday, 31 May: Day of Castilla-La Mancha (R)
- Monday, 1 June: Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (R) – Catalonia
- Tuesday, 9 June: Day of Murcia/Day of La Rioja (R)
- Thursday, 11 June: Corpus Christi (Fiesta del Corpus Christi) (R) – Castilla-La Mancha
- Saturday, 13 June: San Antonio (R) Ceuta
- Wednesday, 24 June: St John’s Day (San Juan) (R) – Catalonia
- Saturday, 25 July: St James’ Day (Santiago Apostol) (R) – Basque Country and Navarre
- Saturday, 25 July: Day of Galicia (R)
- Tuesday, 28 July: Cantabrian Institutions Day (R) – Cantabria
- Friday, 31 August: Eid al-Adha (R) – Ceuta and Melilla
- Wednesday, 5 August: Santa Maria de Africa (R) – Ceuta
- Saturday, 15 August: Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen) (N)
- Wednesday, 2 September: Day of Ceuta (R)
- Tuesday, 8 September: Day of Asturias/Day of Extremadura (R)
- Friday, 11 September: Day of Catalonia (Fiesta Nacional de Catalunya) (R) – marks the anniversary of the recapture of Barcelona in 1714
- Tuesday, 15 September: Day of the Bien Aparecida (patron saint) (R) – Cantabria
- Thursday, 17 September: Day of Melilla (R)
- Friday, 9 October: 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
- Monday, 12 October: Spain’s National Day/Columbus Day (N)
- Sunday, 25 October: Basque National Day (R)
- Sunday, 1 November: All Saints’ Day (Fiesta de Todos los Santos) (N)
- Monday, 9 November: Virgin of Almudena (Virgen de la Almudena) – Madrid (not an official holiday)
- Thursday, 3 December: San Francisco Javier (R) – Navarre
- Sunday, 6 December: Spanish Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) (N)
- Monday, 7 December: Spanish Constitution Day holiday (most communities)
- Tuesday, 8 December: Immaculate Conception (La Immaculada) (R) – all regions except Basque Country, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Ceuta and Navarre
- Friday, 25 December: Christmas (Navidad) (N)
- Saturday, 26 December: Saint Stephen’s Day (R) – Catalonia
Important dates and Spanish holidays
- Thursday, 19 March: Father’s Day (coincides with St Joseph’s Day)
- Sunday, 29 March: Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time (DST) starts
- Sunday, 3 May: Mother’s Day (Dia de la Madre) – first Sunday in May
- Sunday, 25 October: Clocks go back one hour as daylight saving time (DST) ends
- Saturday, 31 October: Although All Saints’ Day on 1 November is more important in Spain, some people celebrate Halloween
Spanish school holidays
See our guide to school holidays in Spain.