Barcelona public holidays 2018

Public holidays Barcelona & Spain 2018


A public holidays, or bank holiday, is called día festivo, dia feriado or fiesta nacional in Spanish language. In the Catalan language it is a 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' mean further down this page

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


Public holidays Catalonia & Barcelona

New Year's Day - (Spain)
(Any Nou) 
1 January 2018 

Three Kings Day - (Spain)
(Reis Mags) 
6 January 2018 

Good Friday - (Spain)
(Divendres Sant) 
Friday 30th March April 2018 (about Barcelona Easter)
 
Easter Monday - (Catalonia)
(Dilluns de Pasqua)
Monday 2 April 2018

May Day Labour day - (Spain)
(Festa del Treball) 
1st May 2018

Second Easter - (Barcelona)
(Lunes de Segunda Pascua - Pasqua Granada )
21st May 2018

St John - (Catalonia)
(Sant Joan)
Sunday 24th June 2018 (about Sant Joan festival)

Assumption of Mary - (Spain)
(Verge de l'Assumpció) Mare de Déu d'Agost
15th August 2018 

Catalunya National Day (Catalonia)
(Diada de Catalunya) 
11th September 2018

La Mercè (Barcelona) 
feast day of Our Lady of Mercy
(Mare de Déu de la Mercè)
24th September 2018 (about Merce Festival)

Spain national day - (Spain)
(Festa Nacional d’Espanya)
12th October 2018

All Saints' Day - (Spain)
(Tots Sants) 
1st November 2018

Spain's Constitution Day - (Spain)
(Dia de la Constitució) 
6th December 2018

Day of the Immaculate Conception - (Spain)
(La Immaculada)
8th December 2018

Christmas Day
(Nadal) 
25th December 2018 (about Barcelona Christmas)

Boxing Day (Catalonia)
(Sant Esteve) 
26th December 2018

On a public holiday banks, many businesses, shops and most museums are closed.  In Barcelona city center bars and restaurants are usually open. 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 long 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 at start and end of puente weekends. 

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