Fiestas in Spain

Fiestas are a massive part of Spanish life and there are a lot of them! The word Fiesta can mean a holiday, a festival or a party, and the Spanish do like a good party! They also like to have a lot of days off work and use any excuse possible to do so.

Saint Days

A lot of Fiestas in Spain are based around Catholic Saint days which are observed Nationally by almost everyone. Every single day is dedicated to one saint or another and you can find out which saint is related to your birthday by clicking the link here

Bank Holidays

Like the UK there are a total of 8 National holidays in Spain where schools, banks and businesses all close down, including restaurants! These are:-

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • April 19 – Good Friday
  • May 1 – Labor Day
  • August 15 – Asunción de la Virgen
  • October 12 – Spanish National Holiday
  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day
  • December 6 – Constitution Day
  • December 25 – Christmas

Unlike the UK though, there are also many extra holidays in each of the regions. Some have as many as 7 local bank holidays giving a total of up to 15 days off work in some places in Spain. These are:-

  • Alicante: Jan 1, Mar 19, Apr 19, 22; May 1, 2; Jun 24, 25; Aug 15; Oct 9, 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 25
  • Barcelona: Jan 1; Apr 19, 22; May 1; Jun 10, 24; Aug 15; Sep 11, 24; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 25, 26
  • Cadiz: Jan 1, 7; Feb 28; Mar 4; Apr 18, 19; May 1; Aug 15; Oct 7, 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Granada: Jan 1, 2, 7; Feb 28; Apr 18, 19; May 1; Jun 20; Aug 15; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Madrid: Jan 1, 7; Apr 18, 19; May 1, 2, 15; Aug 15; Oct 12; Nov 1, 9; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Malaga: Jan 1, 7; Feb 28; Apr 18, 19; May 1; Aug 15, 19; Sep 9; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Marbella: Jan 1, 7; Feb 28; Apr 18, 19; May 1; Jun 11; Aug 15; Oct 12, 19; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Salamanca: Jan 1, 7; Apr 18, 19, 23; May 1; Jun 12; Aug 15; Sep 9; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Seville: Jan 1, 7; Feb 28; Apr 18, 19; May 1, 8; Jun 20; Aug 15; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 9, 25
  • Tenerife: Jan 1, 7; Feb 2; Apr 18, 19; May 1, 3, 30; Jul 9; Aug 15; Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 25
  • Valencia: Jan 1, 22; Mar 19; Apr 19, 22, 29; May 1; Jun 24; Aug 15; Oct 9, 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 25
Check local fiestas or you might go hungry

It doesn’t even end there! Some smaller municipalities within the regions can have an extra 4-5 mini local holidays as well to celebrate local customs like crop harvests or memorable events or people in the district. It also depends what day the holiday falls on for example if it falls on a Thursday then quite often they would take Friday and Saturday off and nothing will be open until Monday! (or even Tuesday!)

This can take be a pain for the new Expat coming to Spain, especially when all the shops and businesses are closed unexpectedly. It is a good idea therfore, to find out from the locals when all these Fiestas happen and mark the calendar. Then stock up your fridge!

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