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Public holidays in Barcelona and Spain 2016

Public holidays or bank holiday are called día festivo, dia feriado or fiesta nacional in Spanish and in Catalan language dia festiu.

Catalonia is an autonomous province of Spain so Barcelona has both the Spanish national holidays and the autonomous regional holidays! For residents of Barcelona there are about 15 official public holidays in Barcelona/Catalonia every year and then some "puentes" on top if you work for a typically Spanish company. See what "puentes" are further down this page

Calendar public holidays 2016 Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona celebrates three types of public holidays 

-National Spanish public holidays
-Catalonia public holidays (Catalonia is a autonomous province of Spain)

-Barcelona city public holidays

Main public holidays in Catalonia and Barcelona

New Year's Day 
(Any Nou)
1 January 2016

Three Kings Day 
(Reis Mags)
6 January 2016

Good Friday 
(Divendres Sant) 

Friday 25th March 2016  (about
Barcelona Easter)

Easter Monday 
(Dilluns de Pasqua)

Monday 28 March 2016

May Day Labour day 
(Festa del Treball)
1 May 2016

Second Easter
(Lunes de Segunda Pascua)
1st June 2016

St John
(Sant Joan)
24th June 2016 (about
Sant Joan festival)

Verge de l'Assumpció 
15th August 2016

National Day Catalunya 
(Diada de Catalunya)
11th September 2016

La Mercè 
24th September 2016 (about
Merce Festival)

Spain national day
12th October 2016

All Saints' Day (Tots Sants)
1st November 2016

Constitution Day 
(Día de la Constitución)
6th December 2016

La Immaculada 
8th December 2016

Christmas Day (Nadal)
25th December 2016 (about
Barcelona Christmas)

Boxing Day (Sant Esteve)
26th December 2016

On a public holiday banks, many businesses, shops and most museums are closed.  In Barcelona many bars and restaurants are usually open in the city and in tourist areas.  Cinemas are also open  on public holidays and of course hospitals and emergency services are always open on public holidays in Spain and Barcelona. Public transport is open and on some days the metro service runs all night. Taxis might have higher rates for trips on public holidays in Spain.

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Please note also that it is common in Barcelona and Spain not to work on the day that comes in between a public holiday (dia festivo) and the weekend, if the public/bank holiday is on a Tuesday or Thursday. That way you get a looooooong weekend. This is called “to make a bridge" or "hacer puente" in Spanish. Please note that many Barcelona residents leave the city on big “puente” weekends, so book in advance, if you want to leave town and be prepared for long traffic delays leaving and returning to Barcelona.

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