When do the clocks change next in Spain in 2023?

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When do the clocks change next in Spain in 2023?
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Spain has confirmed that it will continue daylight savings time until at least 2026 and has published in its official state bulletin (BOE) all the dates the clocks will change up until this time.


The Spanish government has announced all the dates that the clocks will change up until 2026, as published in its official state bulletin (BOE).

Despite the fact that the European Parliament in 2019 suggested time changes should be scrapped in 2021, the Spanish government confirmed that the clocks would continue changing in Spain until at least 2026. 

The next clock change will be on Sunday October 29th 2023. Specifically, this will happen in the early hours of the morning at 3am, when the clocks will be go back one hour, so that it will become 2am instead.  


This means that it will get lighter earlier in the mornings and darker earlier in the evenings.

In the case of the Canary Islands, which are one hour behind peninsular Spain, the change will occur on the same date but one hour beforehand at 2am, changing it to 1am instead.  

Here are all the confirmed dates of the time changes up until 2026. 

Sunday March 31st 2024

Sunday October 27th 2024

Sunday March 30th 2025

Sunday October 26th 2025

Sunday March 29th 2026

Sunday October 25th 2026

Daylight savings time in Spain means that in the summer it stays lighter later, while in the winter it gets darker earlier, but because of the change, people can still go to work when it gets light.

The objective of the changes twice a year is to adjust the working day with the daily daylight hours so that we can benefit from more natural light. 

This method of time change is always under constant debate, as many do not see it’s necessary. During the EU consultation in 2018, people overwhelmingly said they wanted to stop moving the clock back and forward every six months – in fact 84 percent of respondents agreed with the proposal.  

As it stands though, in Spain we will continue changing our clocks forward in the spring and backward in the autumn for at least the next four years. 

READ MORE: Whatever happened to the EU's plan to ditch changing the clocks?


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