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Spain’s public holidays in 2020: Official list

Get organized and start planning those weekends away!

Spain's public holidays in 2020: Official list
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Here is the official list of the bank holidays in Spain, which means you can start planning your puentes – the Spanish custom of taking the day off to bridge the weekend with the holiday – and get the best deals on flights.

Here is the official list of all the public holidays across Spain in 2020, 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. (Wednesday)

January 6th: Epiphany – Three Kings Day (Monday)

 

April 10th: Good Friday

May 1st: Workers' Day (Friday)

August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Saturday)

October 12th:  Spanish National Day, (Monday)

December 8th: Immaculate Conception (Tuesday)

December 25th: Christmas Day (Friday)

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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

February 28th: Andalusia Day (Friday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Aragon

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

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

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Asturias

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

September 8th: Asturian Regional Day (Wednesday)

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Balearic Islands

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 26th St Stephen’s Day (Saturday)

 

Basque Country

March 19th: San Jose (Thursday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

July 25th: St James’ Day (Saturday)

 

Canary Islands

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

May 30th: Canary Islands Day (Saturday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

Cantabria

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

July 28th: Cantabrian Institutions Day (Tuesday)

September 15th: Patron Saint of Cantabria (Virgen de la Bien Aparecida) (Tuesday)

 

Castilla-La Mancha

March 19th San Jose (Father's Day) (Thursday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

June 11th Corpus Christi (Thursday)

 

Castile and León

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 23rd: Castile and León Day (Thursday)

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Catalonia

April 13th: Easter Monday

June 24th: San Juan  (Wedneday)

September 11th Catalonia National Day (Friday)

December 26th (St Stephen’s Day) (Saturday)

 

Ceuta

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

July 31st: Eid al-Adha – Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice – (Friday)

September 2nd: Ceuta Day (Wednesday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Extremadura

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

September 8th: Extremadura Regional Day rollover (Tueday)

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

Galicia

March 19th San Jose (Father's Day) (Thursday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

June 24th: San Juan  (Wedneday)

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

 

La Rioja

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

June 9th: La Rioja Regional Day (Tuesday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Madrid

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Community of Madrid Day

November 2nd: A rollover for All Saints Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Melilla

March 13th Melilla Regional Day

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

July 31st: Eid al-Adha – Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice – (Friday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

Murcia

March 19th: San Jose (Thursday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

June 9th: Murcia Day (Tuesday)

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

Navarra

March 19th: San Jose (Thursday)

April 9th: Maundy Thursday

April 13th: Easter Monday

December 7th: A rollover for Constitution Day which falls on a Sunday this year. (Monday)

 

 

Valencia

March 19th: San Jose (Tuesday)

April 13th: Easter Monday

June 24th: San Juan (Thursday)

October 9th: Valencia Day  (Friday)

 

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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Do I have to take most of my annual leave in August in Spain?

Many Spanish companies still expect their workers to take their holidays at specific times of the year, primarily in August, right in the height of summer when many hotels are fully booked. So what are your rights, are you obliged to take your vacation in one particular month?

Do I have to take most of my annual leave in August in Spain?

While it’s your right as an employee to be able to take holiday days, do you have to take them when your company wants you to take them, or are you able to choose and have more flexibility?

Despite August being one of the hottest months in Spain and the one month of the year when many official companies and offices shut up shop, not everyone necessarily wants to take their break at the same time as everyone else.

Taking your holidays in August means less availability in hotels, overcrowding and more expensive transport and accommodation. If you don’t have children who are off from school during the summer months, then you may wish to take your vacation days at another time of the year, when it’s less busy and cheaper.

To answer the question it’s important to know the details about what the law says about how paid time off is taken, requested, imposed, or granted.

What laws or regulations dictate the rules about paid holiday time?

There are three different sets of rules and regulations, which are responsible for regulating the laws on vacation time in Spain. 

Firstly, you need to look at the Spanish Workers’ Statute, which includes rights, duties and obligations applicable to all salaried workers in Spain.

Secondly, you need to be aware of the collective sector and/or company agreements, which may dictate the rules for a particular industry for example.

Thirdly, you need to look at the contract, which you signed with your employer when you started working for them. This sets out your individual circumstances and the rules you must abide by.   

Workers Statute

As a general rule, all employees are subject to the Workers’ Statute. Holidays are part of this and are the subject of article 38. These conditions can never be contradicted by individual companies and are set as a guaranteed minimum. 

The minimum number of holidays in Spain is 30 calendar days per year. This equals two and a half days per month worked, in the case of temporary contracts. The statute states that vacations must be taken between January 1st and December 31st in separate periods, but one of them must be for at least two weeks. They are always paid and cannot be exchanged for financial compensation.

The period when you can take them is set by a common agreement between the employer and the worker, in accordance with what is established in the collective agreements on annual vacation planning. If there is disagreement, the social jurisdiction is resorted to.

At a minimum, the company must offer vacation days at least two months before the beginning of the holiday period, so that the employee has time to organise and book.   

When the planned time to take vacations coincides with a temporary disability, pregnancy, or childbirth, you have the right to enjoy the vacations at another time, even after the calendar year is over.

Collective agreements on vacations  

Your sector’s collective agreements may also help to answer this question. These aim to improve upon the basic and general rights that are included in the Workers’ Statute. They seek to adapt the rules to each type of industry or company. They could, for example, set out extra vacation days, which are greater than the standard 30 calendar days. 

You will need to find out what your specific sector or company’s collective agreement is. There is a possibility that your sector or company has mandatory summer vacations for the month of August and in that case, you can choose vacation dates, but only within this month.

Your work contract 

Lastly, you will need to consult your individual contract which you signed with the company when you were hired.  As well as the minimum conditions set out in the Workers’ Statute, your contract sets out your particular agreement with your employer in terms of holiday duration, the work calendar and other details.

Therefore, you should state in your contract whether you have to take your holidays during August, or if you’re free to take them at other times of the year.

If after consulting these three sets of regulations and there are still in doubt or in disagreement with your company about vacations, such as having to take them during the month of August, you should consult a lawyer specialising in labor law. They should be able to give you an answer specific to your situation.  

Can I appeal or disagree and what are the consequences? 

To appeal or express disagreement with what is proposed by the company, there is a period of 20 business days from when the vacation schedule is sent out, after which time you don’t have the right to show that you disagree.  

Companies can proceed to disciplinary dismissals due to abandonment of the job if you decide to take vacations that have not been granted or agreed upon with your employer. To avoid this type of problem, always make sure you have a record in writing of your request for vacation time and subsequent approval by the company.

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