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The Spanish phrase for a bank holiday/public holiday/legal holiday is “día de fiesta” or “fiesta nacional”.

Here in Spain there are different kinds of “dias de fiesta” and other things you should know about them:

•Each autonomous community has regional and local holidays each year in addition to the standard national holidays. Local holidays usually include a local “community day” and some days in which there are religious celebrations.

•If a public holiday is on a Sunday it may be celebrated on a weekday

•All banks, most shops, Town Halls, Tax Offices, Post Offices, museums, etc close on public holidays. Bars and restaurants outside tourist areas may be close too but you do not have to worry about this, because bars and restaurants, or even shopping centers in this area use to be open all year.

•Hospitals and emergency services do not close on public holidays.

•Taxis may increase their rates those days.

•When a public holiday is on a Thursday or Tuesday, it is common practice to “make the bridge” (hacer puente) by taking off the Friday or Monday and creating a very long weekend. When this happens you may find businesses running on short of staff or even closed for the full period, but nowadays it rarely happens.

19th of March (Saint Joseph day)

6th of April (Easter Friday)

9th of April (Easter Monday)

16th of April (local festivity)

1st of May (Workers day)

16th of July (local festivity)


15th of August (Virgin day)


9th of October (Day of Valencian Community)

12th of October (National Day)

1st of November (All Saints Day)

6th of December (Constitution Day)

8th of December (Immaculate Conception day)

25th of December (Christmas day)