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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 to get involved with urban gardens in Spain

If you fancy yourself green-fingered or live in an apartment without access to your own outdoor space, you'll find that Spain has many urban gardens and allotments that you can potentially join.

How to get involved with urban gardens in Spain

Urban gardens or huertos urbanos have become very popular in Spain’s big cities, so popular in fact that in some of the bigger cities there are now long waiting lists if you want to be able to have your own little vegetable plot.

According to Focus on Spanish Society, a publication edited by Funcas, almost two-thirds of the total population (65 percent) of those in Spain live in apartments, the second-highest number in the EU, after Latvia.

This means that over half of Spaniards don’t have their own gardens, fuelling the need for green spaces in cities where people can fulfill their green-fingered ambitions or simply learn more about the cultivation of vegetables.

Urban gardens were created to meet this demand and have been around in Spain since just after the Second World War. Today, the report on Urban Agriculture in Spain, says that there are over 20,000 allotments around the country.

All of these work slightly differently – some are owned by the city council, others by cultural or social associations and some are private. There are different ways to get involved, from signing up to waitlists provided by your local Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) to paying a monthly fee to rent your own plot or joining a communal garden to work with others, instead of having your own individual space.

Here’s how it works in some of Spain’s main cities, what you need to do and how to get involved.

Barcelona

Barcelona has an extensive network of urban gardens in almost all barrios across the city, even in the very central ones such as Ciutat Vella and Raval.

Barcelona’s Urban Gardens Network is aimed at people over 65 in the city. They must be physically capable of agricultural work and at the time of requesting a plot and must not live with anyone else who has been given one. Part of the program is also reserved for people at risk of social exclusion.  

To be able to get your own little garden in Barcelona you must ask at the offices of Atención Ciudadana de los Distritos and bring the original and a copy of your DNI/TIE, as well as a certificate of convivencia, which can also be applied for at the same office.

Neighbourhood gardeners at Madrid’s community garden “Esta es una Plaza” (This one is a Square) Photo: GERARD JULIEN/AFP

Madrid

There are 74 urban gardens distributed throughout the Spanish capital, which receive training and advice from the City Council. They are also part of the Network of Ecological School Gardens of Madrid so that kids can learn about gardening and planting vegetables too.

The Network of Urban Gardens of Madrid is an initiative promoted by citizens who are dedicated to community agriculture within the city. On their website, you’ll find a list of each urban garden, as well as details on how to contact, join or rent a plot at each one. 

Malaga

There are several urban gardens located both within Malaga city itself and on its outskirts. While there isn’t a central organisation managing all the urban gardens like in Barcelona, if you want to get involved, you’ll have to contact each one individually.  Some of the best located closest to the city centre are La Yuca, El Caminito and Huerta Dignidad.

El Caminito is one of the most well-known and is located next to the old San Miguel cemetery. It’s managed by the El Caminito association and the main purpose of the project is to raise awareness of environmental issues.  On their website, they state that all you need to do to join in is to show up and be willing to participate. You can also e-mail [email protected] to find out more.

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How to get involved with urban gardens in Spain. Photo: jf-gabnor / Pixabay

Valencia

There are several urban gardens in Valencia city. The four main ones are Parque de la Torre, Huertos de Benimaclet,  Hort de la Botja and El Espacio Verde Benicalap.  

Parque de la Torre is the largest urban garden in Valencia with a total of 274 plots. There is currently a waitlist to be able to get one, which you can join by contacting them via their website. 

Huertos de Benimaclet is a dedicated space of 60 plots for residents of the neighbourhood to grow fruits and vegetables and learn about cultivation and the environment. The cost to join is €22 per year and currently there is a waitlist. You can contact them via their website to sign up.

Hort de la Botja-Velluters grew out of the need for education and including those who were at risk from social exclusion. They have an active Facebook group, through which you can contact them and ask about getting involved. They also organise lots of activities such as those for local children.

El Espai Verd Benicalap is an urban garden and civic centre which was created between 2020 and 2021. It has just 15 plots, as well as an edible forest. The garden is reserved for those who live in the area of Benicalap and join one of the Benicalap barrio associations.

Seville

Seville currently has 13 urban gardens within its city limits, located in several of the main neighbourhoods. Click here to find out where they are and information about each one.

There’s also a website dedicated to Huertos Urbanos in Sevilla, which lists events, tours and open days when you can go and help out. You can contact them directly about the availability of renting your own patch or how you can get involved on an ongoing basis.

Just last year, the Ayuntamiento of Seville created 33 new vegetable plots in the Parque Guadaíra. Each one has been given to a different association to manage, so you may find that by joining a local association, you’ll have access to an allotment too. 

What if I can’t join an urban garden?

If you’re unable to join an urban garden because the waitlists are too long, you can’t afford to rent a plot yourself or you are in the right age bracket, then remember it’s always possible to create your own mini vegetable patch on your balcony.

No matter how small your balcony is, there’s always room for planters that hang off the edge, where you can grow smaller edible plants such as cherry tomatoes, herbs and small peppers. You can also place pots around the edge to grow various vegetables instead of flowers or traditional house plants. 

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