Public holidays celebrated in Spain are a mixture of religious, national and regional holidays. Each municipality is allowed a maximum of 14 public holidays per year. Nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two of them are chosen locally.
There are 19 autonomous regions in Spain, each with its own capital. Andalucia is the largest of these regions and its capital is Sevilla. Each region has a number of provinces. In Andalucia, there are eight provinces and Marbella is in the Málaga province. Many of the cities and towns in Spain hold fiestas each year and there is usually a local public holiday to celebrate the event. In Marbella, June 11 is a public holiday. San Pedro, which is an area of Marbella, has its own holiday on October 19th.
The main public holidays in Spain are New Year´s Day, Three Kings (Epiphany), Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Labour Day, St. John´s Day, St Peter & St Paul´s Day, St James Day, Assumption Day, Columbus Day, All Saints Day, Constitution Day, Immaculate Conception Day and of course Christmas Day. Shops are normally closed on these days.
Joseph & Mary in Orange Square in Marbella
|Año Nuevo – New Year’s Day||National||1 January||1 January|
|Día de Reyes – Three Kings (Epiphany)||National||6 January||6 January|
|Día de Andalucia – Andalucia Day||Regional||28 February||28 February|
|Domingo de Ramos – Palm Sunday||National||20 March||9 April|
|Jueves Santo – Maundy Thursday||Regional||24 March||13 April|
|Viernes Santo – Good Friday||National||25 March||14 April|
|Domingo de Resurección – Easter Sunday||National||27 March||16 April|
|Día del Trabajo – Labour Day||National||1 May||1 May|
|San Bernabé – Marbella Saint’s Day||Local||11 June||11 June|
|San Juan – St John’s Day||National||24 June||24 June|
|San Pedro y San Pablo – St Peter & St Paul||National||29 June||29 June|
|Santiago – St James||National||25 July||25 July|
|Ascunción – Assumption Day||National||15 August||15 August|
|Día de Hispanidad – Columbus Day||National||12 October||12 October|
|San Pedro de Alcántara Day – San Pedro Saint’s Day||Local||19 October||19 October|
|Todos los Santos – All Saints Day||National||1 November||1 November|
|Día de la Constitución – Constitution Day||National||6 December||6 December|
|Inmaculada Concepción – Immaculate Conception||National||8 December||8 December|
|Día de Navidad – Christmas Day||National||25 December||25 December|
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