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 2023, and what they mean in English and Spanish.
How many bank holidays are there in Spain? Usually, each municipality of Spain is permitted to have 12 bank holidays each year. That includes 8 national red days set by the Spanish government, 2 regional holidays set by the provincial government, and 2 local holidays set by the municipality.
However, 2023 will offer a total of 14 bank holidays in Spain, including 9 national holidays, 3 Valencian Community public holidays, plus 2 local holidays approved by the local town hall of Orihuela.
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 2023, 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 2023||IN ENGLISH||IN SPANISH|
|Friday 6th January||Three King's Day||Epifanía del Señor|
|Friday 7th April||Good Friday||Viernes Santo|
|Monday 10th April||Easter Monday||Lunes de Pascua|
|Monday 1st May||Workers Day||Fiesta del Trabajo|
|Saturday 24th June||The Bonfires of Saint John||Las Hogueras de San Juan|
|Monday 17th July||Local holiday, Orihuela||Festivo Local de Orihuela|
|Tuesday 15th August||Assumption of Mary||Asunción de la Virgen|
|Friday 8th September||Local holiday, Orihuela||Festivo Local de Orihuela|
|Monday 9th October||Day of the Valencian Community||Día de la Comunidad Valenciana|
|Thursday 12th October||Spain's National Day||Fiesta Nacional de España|
|Wednesday 1st November||All Saint's Day||Fiesta de Todos los Santos|
|Wednesday 6th December||Constitution Day||Día de la Constitución|
|Friday 8th December||The Immaculate Conception||La Inmaculada Concepción|
|Monday 25th December||Christmas Day||Navidad del Señor|
If you want to see if Zenia Boulevard is open today, check out this article detailing the opening and closing times for the shopping centre during the year.
And take a look at 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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