Public Holidays in Barcelona 2013
Compared to most countries, Spain has more bank holidays, which is another reason why we are so happy that we live here! In Spain there are 3 types of bank holidays:
“Nacional” – valid for all Spain
“Autonomicos” – valid for 1 or more autonomous communities
“Local” – valid for a city or a village
Below are the official holidays for 2013 for Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain:
1st January, Tuesday (national holiday) – New Year´s
6th January, Saturday (national holiday) – Dia de los reyes Magos – This is one of the happiest day for the kids in Spain, when they receive their presents.
29th March, Friday (national holiday) – Good Friday
1st April, Monday (a holiday in Cataluña) –Easter Monday
23rd April, Tuesday – Sant Jordi – this is a very unique day – it is expected of couples (but not only couples) to give presents each other – the woman gives a book to the man and he gives her a rose. This day is not officially a non-working day, but many companies (especially local ones) will treat it as half-day.
1st May, Wednesday (national holiday) – LabourDay
20th May, Monday (holiday in Barcelona) – “Lunes de pentecostes” – Pentecost Monday
24th June, Monday (holiday in Cataluña) – Sant Juan
On the night before 24thJune, people gather on the beach in Barcelona for the typical fireworks. It is common to spend even the whole night on the beach, the “chiringuitos” are open until the early morning People bring food and drinks and the experience is amazing. If it is your first year in Barcelona during San Juan – don´t miss it!
15th August, Thursday (national holiday) – Asuncion de la Virgen
It is very typical in Spain in cases like this when you have a holiday on Thursday (or Tuesday) to take an extra day off (the Friday) and make the so called “Puente” – bridge of non- working days.
11th September, Wednesday (a holiday in Cataluña) – Dia de Cataluña
24thSeptember, Tuesday (holiday in Barcelona) – La Merce
12th October, Saturday (national holiday) – Spanish National holiday
1st November, Friday (national Holiday) – All Saints Day
6th December, Friday (national holiday) –Spanish Constitution Day
25thDecember, Wednesday (a holiday in Cataluña) – Christmas
26th December, Thursday (a holiday in Cataluña) – St. Estaban
As you can see there are plenty of non-working days this year, many opportunities to make puentes, so make some plans for trips and enjoy the year!
If you´re looking for some ideas, have a look at our “Things to do” section.