SPANISH BANK HOLIDAYS Whether you´re living in our part of the Costa Blanca or just visiting, knowing when the bank holidays fall can help with planning your stay here. Here´s our list of all of Spain´s public holidays you need to know about in 2022, and what they mean in English and Spanish.
Spanish national holidays are busy periods, particularly if a holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday as workers will often take a “Puente” (a bridge) holiday of four days. Unusually this year, the Easter period in 2022 will offer a long weekend stretching to five complete days.
It´s important to note the dates of Spain´s public holidays because on some of these days businesses, shops, shopping centres, and public offices will close or have reduced hours.
To ensure you don´t get caught out or miss out on anything important, this guide puts together a list of bank holidays in the Orihuela Costa area for the forthcoming year.
An introduction to Costa Blanca public and bank holidays
The national government in Spain sets the Spanish national holidays each year, although Spanish bank holidays differ between each of the regions. While each city observes the national holidays in Spain, additional regional bank holidays are set by the local autonomous governments.
Bank holidays in Spain that fall on weekends are sometimes replaced with alternate days (usually on the following Monday) if the regional government so chooses. However, alternate days have not always been granted, and it depends on how many public holidays occur in any one year.
In general, regional Spanish holidays coincide with large Spanish festivals and can be a spectacular time to visit a new locale and try authentic Spanish food. However, many of Spain´s festivals are world-famous, and accommodation often fills up quickly. It´s important to book accommodation and make restaurant reservations early if your trip falls over a Spanish national holiday.
Many businesses also close during the national and regional holidays in Spain. Locally, Zenia Boulevard and other shops observe many of the annual public holidays, meaning shopping centres can be closed on bank holidays.
Public holidays for Orihuela Costa in 2022, what is a red day?
National bank holidays and important regional public holidays in the Costa Blanca are called “Red days” locally. On a “Red day”, almost all businesses will close and your shopping choices on these days will be limited.
Bars and restaurants don´t normally close on a red day, but you may find that making reservations during typically busy seasonal periods such as Christmas might be difficult. It´s not unusual for restaurants to announce their Christmas menus around September, so make sure you plan ahead.
|DATE IN 2022||IN ENGLISH||IN SPANISH|
|Saturday 1st January||New Year´s Day||Día de Año Nuevo|
|Thursday 6th January||Three King´s Day||Epifanía del Señor|
|Saturday 19th March||St Joseph´s Day||Día de San José|
|Thursday 14th April||Holy Thursday||Jueves Santo|
|Friday 15th April||Good Friday||Viernes Santo|
|Monday 18th April||Easter Monday||Lunes de Pascua|
|Friday 24th June||The Bonfires of Saint John||Las Hogueras de San Juan|
|Monday 15th August||Assumption of Mary||Asunción de la Virgen|
|Wednesday 12th October||Spain´s National Day||Fiesta Nacional de España|
|Tuesday 1st November||All Saint´s Day||Fiesta de Todos los Santos|
|Tuesday 6th December||Constitution Day||Día de la Constitución|
|Thursday 8th December||The Immaculate Conception||La Inmaculada Concepción|
If you want to check if Zenia Boulevard is open today, check out this article detailing the opening and closing times for the shopping centre during the year.
And check out our article on 24-hour shops, late-night and bank holiday shopping in Orihuela Costa. The feature provides detailed information about retail outlets that offer residents and visitors out-of-hours shopping, complete with Google Maps from your location in Spain – handy for late arrivals or shopping on Sundays.
Looking for holiday ideas and travel inspiration? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa or join the La Zenia community Facebook group and find out what's going on in the local area.
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