On this page you´ll find all the main Spanish Bank Holidays and the Local Holidays too. Each area has its own Ferias (Fairs), so it´s always a good idea to check what´s going on before you book accommodation.
To give you an idea of what´s open on these Bank Holidays, here´s the 2020 timetable for Miramar Shopping Centre in Fuengirola. Most other shopping centres will be the same.
|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 (5th). In most of the towns there are processions with sweets being thrown everywhere. Take a bag with you!
|February 28th||Andalucia Day / Dia del Andalucia. Most places close today so call beforehand to double check.|
|April 5th-12th||Holy Week Santa Semana. A very religious week with processions every evening.|
|April 9th & 10th||Jueves Santos & Viernes Santo. Some Shopping Centres are open these days. Check beforehand though.|
|May 1st||Labour Day / Dia del Trabajo|
|August 15th||Virgins Assumption / Asuncion. Some places are open, some close, so call beforehand.|
|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 (8th falls on a Sunday so Monday is a Bank Holiday. Some shopping centres will be open, banks & offices will be closed.|
|December 25th||Christmas Day / Navidad|
The dates will change very slightly every year, so to keep this page up-to-date as much as possible, click here for a complete List of Ferias around Andalucia.
|Alhaurin El Grande||May|
|Alhaurin de la Torre||June|
Spain is a large country with 50 different Provinces grouped into 19 Autonomous Communities, each with its own Capital. So for example, Andalucia is an Autonomous Community with 8 provinces, and Seville is the Capital of Andalucia. After many years of living here, it´s still quite confusing but you can read all about it here in Wikipedia.
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday will be a Bank Holiday. Last year 2019, 3 Kings fell on a Sunday so Monday was a Bank Holiday, but all the Shopping Centres were open as all the sales started. Always check beforehand as you never know. I have often driven all the way to Fuengirola, only to find out Miramar was closed.
Some schools and companies may take what´s called “Puente” (Bridge). If there´s a holiday on a Wednesday and Friday then they may close the Thursday too. Some schools and shops may also be closed because they have been affected by a holiday in another area. For example, El Corte Ingles Marbella closes when it´s San Pedro Feria because their main depot is there.
The Ferias are great local events that generally run for a week with lots of entertainment for kids and adults. If you happen to be in town when one is on, it’s well worth a visit.
During the day there´s lots of drinking, eating and dancing which normally takes place in the town area. Then in the evening, it´s to the “Feria Ground” where you´ll find all the fairground rides along with the Casetas (small bars) with lots of drinking and dancing.
You will find every age here from newborn to 100 years old. It´s truly wonderful and it´s one of the things we absolutely love about Spain. The Casetas do get very busy and where there´s drink, there can be trouble, so just be aware. The Ferias are really well lit and there is a heavy police presence there too.
As an example of a Feria, the Marbella Feria during the day takes place in Marbella Centre where the big fountain is near Avenida Del Mar. There´s lots of stalls, drinks, food and dancing. Local dance schools will put on shows and there will be lots of other entertainment too.
Once the evening comes, the Feria moves up to where La Cañada shopping centre is. It´s a brilliant Feria, well lit and pretty well organised now. You can park at La Cañada and there is a little train that transports everyone to the Feria Ground. There are often special buses too in the local areas to save people driving. Make sure you find out where your local Feria is.