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The public holidays in your region of Spain in 2022 

Depending on where you live in Spain, the number of public holidays you get and the dates vary. As in 2022 some important ‘festivos’ fall on weekends, the differences between regions are even greater this year.

The public holidays in your region of Spain in 2022 
A Spanish paratrooper during the Spanish National Day celebrations in 2021. What regional and national public holidays will you enjoy in Spain in 2022? Photo: Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Spain has 8 national public holidays and up to 14 locally. 

On such days, you can expect to not have to work in most circumstances, and the vast majority of shops, banks, restaurants and businesses are likely to be closed.

In fact, Article 37.2 of Spain’s Workers’ Statute states that workers have the right to 14 public holidays a year that will be paid and don’t have to be recovered, but in practice this is not always the case.

At least this year there will be 12 public holidays in each region of Spain, one more than in 2021.

Public holidays are referred to as días festivos in Spain, or just festivos. They’re divided into nacionales (national), autonómicos (regional) and in some cases locales (local ie. city, island etc).

As you will see below, regional holidays often fall on different dates depending on the region, but some of the usually fixed public holidays this year such as Labour Day or Christmas Day that fall on a weekend are being replaced with public holidays on different dates, or not at all.

That’s because if a national or regional holiday falls on a Sunday, it is up to the regional government whether to have a day in lieu on the next weekday. 

Here is a breakdown of national public holidays and regional public holidays that you will have the right to in your part of Spain in 2022, so you can plan ahead and make the most of them.

National holidays across all of Spain in 2022

  • Saturday, January 1st (New Year’s Day)
  • Thursday, January 6th (Epiphany)
  • Friday, April 15th (Good Friday)
  • Monday, August 15th (Assumption of the Virgin)
  • Wednesday, October 12th (National Day of Spain)
  • Tuesday, November 1st (All Saints’ Day)
  • Tuesday, December 6th (Spanish Constitution Day)
  • Thursday, December 8th (Immaculate Conception Day)

READ ALSO: How do Spain’s public holidays compare to what other European countries get?

Regional holidays across Spain in 2022

As in 2022 some of the usual public holidays fall on a Sunday, a number of regions have decided to offer the work day before or after as a day off, but not all of them. Additional holidays are also sometimes chosen at a local level, but these would be too many to list.

Here are the regional holidays you’ll be able to enjoy this year depending on your region in Spain:

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Here is a calendar of 2022 for you to reference when checking the public holidays in your region of Spain.

Andalusia: February 28th, April 14th, May 2nd (instead of May 1st) and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Aragón: April 14th and 23rd, May 2nd (instead of May 1st) and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Asturias: April 14th, May 2nd (instead of May 1st), September 8th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Balearic Islands: March 1st, April 14th, April 18th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Basque Country: April 14th and 18th, July 25th and September 6th (instead of December 25th).

Canary Islands: April 14th, May 30th and December 26th (instead of December 25th). Individual islands also have public holidays on February 2nd (Tenerife), August 5th (La Palma), September 8th (Gran Canaria), September 15th (Lanzarote and La Graciosa), September 16th (Fuerteventura), September 24th (El Hierro) and October 3rd (La Gomera).

Cantabria: April 14th (instead of May 1st), July 28th, September 15th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Castilla-La Mancha: on April 14th, May 31st, June 16th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Castilla y León: April 14th, April 23rd, May 2nd (instead of May 1st) and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Catalonia: April 5th, April 18th, June 24th and September 11th.

Extremadura: April 14th, May 2nd (instead of May 1st), September 8th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Galicia: June 24th, May 17th (instead of May 1st), June 24th (instead of December 25th), July 25th.

La Rioja: April 14th and 18th (instead of May 1st), June 9th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Madrid: April 14th, May 2nd (instead of May 1st), July 25th and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Murcia: June 9th, April 14th, May 2nd (instead of May 1st) and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Navarre: April 14th and 18th, July 25th and December 3rd, 6th and 26th (instead of December 25th).

Valencian Region: March 19th, April 14th, April 18th and June 24th.

Melilla: April 14th, May 3rd, July 11th (instead of March 19th), September 8th and 17th, and December 26th (instead of December 25th).

Ceuta: April 14th, May 3rd, June 13th, July 9th, August 5th and September 2nd.

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How much does it really cost to live in Barcelona?

Barcelona is one of the most popular cities for foreigners to move to in Spain, but it's also among the most expensive. Long-time Barcelona resident Esme Fox explains exactly how much you'll need to live in the Catalan capital.

How much does it really cost to live in Barcelona?

Barcelona is made up of 10 different districts and each one of these has its own neighbourhoods, or barris as they’re called in Catalan.

Depending on which district or even which neighbourhood you live in, your cost of living will be very different in everything from rent to a simple cup of coffee.

Generally, the most expensive neighbourhoods are located in the centre and northwest of the city and some of the cheapest can be found in the outer-lying areas or to the east of the centre.

But wherever you live in the city it’s worth keeping in mind that the cost of living in Barcelona has risen by 31 percent in the last five years and rising rental prices are mostly to blame.

According to the annual report by the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona (AMB), the minimum wage needed to be able to live comfortably in Barcelona is €1,435 gross per month.

But of course, it will depend on your living circumstances. According to the report, if you’re living on your own you will need around €1,553 per month, if you’re a single parent you will need €2,220 per month. A couple without children will each need to earn a minimum of €1,054.80 and a couple with two children needs two salaries of €1,547 each.

Map showing the ten districts that make up Barcelona.

Rent

Rent is your biggest expense in Barcelona and unfortunately, rental prices have been spiralling recently due to inflation, the return of tourism after Covid lockdowns and the ever-growing popularity of the city.

Cost of living website Numbeo states that the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is €1,031 and a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre is €795.

Those looking for somewhere slightly larger to rent will be forking out €1,672 for a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre and €1,299 for a three-bedroom apartment outside the centre.

If you’re prepared to rent a room in a shared apartment with others, this will cut your rental costs considerably. Apartment sharing website Badi states that the average price for a room in a shared apartment in Barcelona costs an average of €500.  

READ ALSO: What you should know about renting an apartment in Barcelona

Groceries

With inflation, the cost of groceries has soared in Barcelona in the past few months. Prices will depend on where you shop. Generally, chain supermarkets such as Mercadona are the cheapest, while larger supermarkets where you can also find important products such as Carrefour and El Corte Inglés are more expensive.

According to Expatistan, the average price for a litre of milk costs €0.93, 12 eggs cost €2.92 and 500g of cheese costs €5.76.

In terms and fruit and vegetables, Numbeo states that the average cost of1kg of tomatoes is €2.16, 1kg of apples costs €1.96 and 1kg of potatoes costs €1.33. While the same website gives the average price for chicken fillets as €7.09 and a bag of rice as €1.26. 

Eating out

Barcelonians love to eat out whether that’s going for tapas with friends, trying out a new international restaurant or going for brunch on a Sunday. It’s an important part of socialising in the Catalan capital, so you’ll want to budget to eat out a least a few times per month. 

Expatistan gives the price of dinner for two in a normal restaurant at €35, while Numbeo states that a combo meal at a chain or fast food place will set you back around €9.

A menú del día (menu of the day) costs an average of €17 in the centre or an expensive area of the city, while you can pay as little as €11 for 3 courses in the cheaper neighbourhoods.

Going out for a coffee will set you back around €2.08. Remember that it’s always cheaper to ask for a café con leche rather than a cappuccino. 

READ ALSO – Moving to Barcelona: A guide to the best neighbourhoods to live in

Going out, leisure and entertainment

Barcelona has a great entertainment scene, whether you want to listen to live music in small bar, go clubbing until the early hours of the morning, go on a date to the cinema or spend the night at the theatre.

A cinema ticket costs an average of €9, while you’ll pay €42.74 for a monthly gym membership in the city. 

A normal-sized glass of draught or bottled beer at a bar will be around €3 and a cocktail will be around €8-12.

Transport

Public transport in Barcelona is good and affordable. Metros, buses, trams and trains (Rodalies and FGC) all run throughout the city. A 10-journey ticket which can be used on all modes of transport for one zone currently costs €7.65 with the government’s 30 percent reduction, but is normally €11.35.

If you commute, you can get a monthly unlimited journey ticket for one zone called the T-Usual which normally costs €40, but currently is only €20 with government aid.

READ ALSO: The downsides of Barcelona you should be aware of before moving

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