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.
|January 1st||New Years Day / Ano Nuevo|
|January 6th||3 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 28th||Andalucia Day / Dia del Andalucia|
|March 24th||Holy 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 25th||Viernes Santo (Semana Santa, Easter 21st – 25th. Spanish Schools just 1 week, English & International Schools are normally longer)|
|May 1st||Labour Day / Dia del Trabajo|
|August 15th||Virgins Assumption / Asuncion|
|October 12th||Spain’s National Day / Dia de la Hispanidad|
|November 1st||All Saints Day / Todos los Santos|
|December 6th||Spanish Constitution Day /Dia de la Constitucion|
|December 8th||Immaculate Conception / Immaculada Concepcion|
|December 25th||Christmas Day / Navidad|
|Alhaurin El Grande||28th & 29th May|
|Alhaurin de la Torre||20th January & 24th June|
|Benhavis||17th August & 7th October|
|Benalmadena||24th June & 16th July|
|Coin||30th April & 15th June|
|Fuengirola||16th July & 17th October|
|Istan||28th & 29th September|
|Malaga||19th August & 8th September|
|Manilva||10th August & 8th September|
|Marbella||11th June & 19th October|
|Mija||25th July & 8th September|
|Nerja||15th May & 24th June|
|Torremolinos||16th July & 29th September|