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Spain’s public holidays in 2019: Official list

Get organized and start planning those weekends away!

Spain's public holidays in 2019: Official list
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Here is the official list of all the public holidays across Spain in 2019, as published in Spain's BOE official state bulletin.

This year sees eight national public holidays across the whole of Spain – plus each region will have its own holidays on top.

These celebrated nationally are:

January 1st: New Year’s Day. (Tuesday)

April 19th: Good Friday

May 1st: Workers' Day (Wednesday)

August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Thursday)

October 12th:  Spanish National Day, (Saturday)

November 1st: All Saints’ Day (Thursday)

December 6th: Constitution Day (Friday)

December 25th: Christmas Day (Wednesday)

Apart from these national dates, all regions have an additional holidays with authorities choosing to celebrate different dates, some rolling over Saints Days which fall on a Sunday to a Monday.

See below for the full list of additional public holidays by region.

Andalusia

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

February 28th: Andalusia Day (Thursday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

 

Aragon

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 23rd: St George’s Day and Aragon regional day (Tuesday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Asturias

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

September 9th: Asturian Regional Day rollover  (Monday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Balearic Islands

March 1st: Balearic Regional Day (Friday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

December 26th St Stephen’s Day (Thursday)

 

Basque Country

March 19th: San Jose (Tuesday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

July 25th: St James’ Day / Galician Regional Day (Thursday)

 

Canary Islands

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

May 30th: Canary Islands Day (Thursday)

 

Cantabria

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

July 25th: St James’ Day / Galician Regional Day (Thursday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Castilla-La Mancha

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

May 31st Castilla-La Mancha Regional Day (Friday)

June 20th Corpus Christi (Thursday)

 

Castile and León

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 23rd: Castile and León Day (Tuesday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Catalonia

April 22nd: Easter Monday

June 24th: San Juan  (Monday)

September 11th Catalonia National Day (Tuesday)

December 26th (St Stephen’s Day)

 

Ceuta

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

August 12th: Eid al-Adha – Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice – (Monday)

September 2nd: Ceuta Day (Monday)

 

Extremadura

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

September 9th: Extremadura Regional Day rollover (Monday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

Galicia

March 19th: San Jose (Tuesday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

May 17th Galicia Literature Day (Friday)

July 25th: St James’ Day / Galician Regional Day (Thursday)

 

La Rioja

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

June 10th: La Rioja Regional Day rollover (Monday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Madrid

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Community of Madrid Day

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

 

Melilla

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

August 12th: Eid al-Adha – Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice – (Monday)

December 9th: Rollover of Immaculate Conception (Monday)

Murcia

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

March 19th: San Jose (Monday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

June 10th: Murcia Day Rollover (Monday)

 

Navarra

January 7th: A rollover for Epiphany which falls on Sunday this year (Monday)

March 19th: San Jose (Tuesday)

April 18th: Maundy Thursday

April 22nd: Easter Monday

 

Valencia

March 19th: San Jose (Tuesday)

April 22nd: Easter Monday

June 24th: San Juan (Monday)

October 9th: Valencia Day  (Monday)

And don't forget your local municipality will also have at least two days of holidays, dependent on the local patron saint days.

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The stats that reveals the true holidaying habits of the Spanish

Spain has some 80 million foreign tourists visiting its shores every year, but where do Spanish people go on holiday? How much do they spend? And what do they like doing?

The stats that reveals the true holidaying habits of the Spanish
Going to the beach remains the favourite holiday pastime. Photo: AFP

The Local takes a look at the latest data to discover the truth.

The huge majority of Spaniards, 72 percent will spend their holidays within Spain and of those, 71 percent opt to spend their holiday at the beach, with Andalusia the most popular, attracting 27 percent of visitors, followed by the Valencian coast (12 percent), Galicia and the Canary Islands attracting nine percent each.

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If it seems like the city is deserted and most people are on holiday during August, that’s because they are.

The survey by Toluna found that 58 percent of people chose August to take their holiday, while 20 percent opted for July and 17 percent in September.

Just 29 percent of Spaniards said they’d prefer to head to the mountains for their holiday.

A survey by Toluna discovered that just over a third of Spaniards (36 percent) take a two week holiday for which they spend an average of €1,291 per person.

However, just over a quarter of Spaniards (26percent) manage a four week holiday, on which they spend an average of €491 a week.

So what do Spaniards do on holiday?

Well, a quarter of them expressed the desire to do as little possible, stating “relaxation” to be their main aim.

Almost half (48 percent) express a desire to spend time with the family, while 37 percent want to hang out with their significant other.

A hardcore 3 percent said their main goal for the holiday was “to party”.

When choosing a place to stay, an overwhelming 70 percent said internet access was essential with 41 percent admitting that they would check in regularly on social media.

Just 11 percent said they planned to disconnect completely.

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