National and regional holidays in Andalucia 2014
Spain has a combination of national and regional holidays that are celebrated for both religious and secular reasons.
Spain will have a total of nine fully national public holidays in 2014
National holidays are busy periods on Spain’s roads, particularly if a holiday falls on Thursday or Tuesday and companies allow employees to take a ‘puente’ (bridge) holiday of four days although this practice is starting to be phased out.
Regional holidays usually coincide with local festivals and can be a spectacular time to visit a new city.
Double check holidays that fall on a weekend, as these can sometimes be replaced with an alternate day (ie. such as the following Monday) if the regional government so chooses.
Here are the National Holidays and Regional Holidays for Andalucia in 2014
January 1: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
January 6: Epiphany (Reyes Magos) / Three Kings Day (N) (Many businesses are closed)
Elaborate parades are held in cities all over Spain to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings.
February 28: Day of Andalusia (R) Andalucia (Many businesses are closed)
April 17: Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) (R) All regions except Catalonia (Many businesses are closed)
April 18: Good Friday (Viernes Santo) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
Semana Santa (Holy Week) festivals are held throughout Spain for a week around Easter, with Seville holding the most famous parade.
May 1: Labour Day (Día del Trabajo) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
August 15: Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen) (N) (Many businesses closed)
October 12: Columbus Day (N) (Many businesses are closed on Monday 13th)
November 1: All Saints’ Day (Fiesta de Todos los Santos) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
Cities around Spain light up for Navidad in December, with festive Christmas markets to browse as well.
December 6: Spanish Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
December 8: Immaculate Conception (La Immaculada) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
December 25: Christmas (Navidad) (N) (Many businesses are closed)
(N) – National
(R) – Regional