Local Public Holidays
The Spanish love their siestas and holidays. If a public holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, they sometimes extend the public holiday over the weekend, depending on the importance of the holiday.
In Barcelona you will also find that during the hottest period of the year in August the city grinds to a halt as many businesses take a few weeks holiday so that the locals can escape to a cooler climate
- 1st January- Año Nuevo/ New Year’s Day
- 6th January- Epifanía o Fiesta de los Reyes Magos/ Epiphany, Three Kings Day. Very important holiday.
- Easter Friday- Viernes Santo/ Good Friday
- Easter Monday- Dilluns de Pasqua Florida
- 1st May- Día del Treball/ Labour Day
- 24th June- Sant Joan/Summer solstice, Feast of John the Baptist
- 15th August- Assumpció/ Assumption
- 11th September- Diada Nacional de Catalunya/Catalonia’s national day
- 24th September- La Mercè/ Our Lady of mercy. There are lots of free concerts and partying all over the city.
- 12th October- Día de la Hispanidad/ Spanish National Day
- 1st November- Día de Tots Sants/ All Saints Day
- 6th December- Dia de la Constitució/ Constitution Day
- 8th December- Inmaculada Concepción/ Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 25th December- Navidad/Christmas Day
- 26th December- El Día de Sant Esteve/St. Stephens Day, Boxing Day