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Bank Holidays

List of Spanish Bank Holidays

Spain is a large country with 50 different Provinces grouped into 19 Autonomous Communities – each with its own Capital. So for example Andalucia is a Autonomous Community with 8 provinces, and Seville is the Capital of Andalucia.  After many years of living here, its still quite confusing.

The Costa del Sol and the areas of San Pedro, Marbella, Estepona are in Andalucia. Many areas have their own fiestas/holidays, so it is always worth checking out the specific town in Spain you are visiting.

The ferias are great local events with lots of amusements for adults and children so if you happen to be in town when one is on it’s well worth a visit. They usually run for a few days and start around lunch time running on into the early hours of the morning

Also bear in mind the knock on efffect of local events. As an example, San Pedro has its own special local holiday which doesn’t affect Marbella Town or Puerto Banus, but El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus closes for the day because its main depot is in San Pedro.

If a holiday falls on a Thursday often the Friday will be taken as a holiday too – the Spanish call them “bridge” days. Generally shopping centres won’t take the Friday off, but office workers will more than likely take it as holiday. It can also mean that all the shops, bars and restaurants get busy as people from Madrid come down to the coast for a long weekend.

Spain has on average six more public holidays a year than the UK.There are also separate local feria holidays for Malaga, Marbella, Estepona and Fuengirola.

By Joanne Ingram – Google+

Spanish National Holidays 2015/16

January 1stNew Years Day / Ano Nuevo
January 6th3 Kings Day / Dia de los Tres Reyes
This is really Spain’s equivalent of Christmas Day with presents left by the Three Kings the night before. In most of the towns there are processions with sweets being thrown everywhere . . . take a plastic bag with you!
February 28thAndalucia Day / Dia del Andalucia
March 24thHoly Week Santa Semana. A very religious week. Hundreds of people on the streets and on floats dressed in gowns and masks. A real spectacle and well worth seeing.
March 25thViernes Santo (Semana Santa, Easter 21st – 25th. Spanish Schools just 1 week, English & International Schools are normally longer)
May 1stLabour Day / Dia del Trabajo
August 15thVirgins Assumption / Asuncion
October 12thSpain’s National Day / Dia de la Hispanidad
November 1stAll Saints Day / Todos los Santos
December 6thSpanish Constitution Day /Dia de la Constitucion
December 8thImmaculate Conception / Immaculada Concepcion
December 25thChristmas Day / Navidad

Local Holidays

Alhaurin El Grande28th & 29th May
Alhaurin de la Torre20th January & 24th June
Benhavis17th August & 7th October
Benalmadena24th June & 16th July
Coin30th April & 15th June
Fuengirola16th July & 17th October
Istan28th & 29th September
Malaga19th August & 8th September
Manilva10th August & 8th September
Marbella11th June & 19th October
Mija25th July & 8th September
Nerja15th May & 24th June
Torremolinos16th July & 29th September

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