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Bank Holidays On The Costa Del Sol

There are 14 bank holidays that take place along the Costa del Sol and in Andalucia. This is the maximum number of bank holidays a municipality can have. These are usually made up of 10 national bank holidays, 2 regional bank holidays and 2 local bank holidays. Regional autonomies or local municipalities may adopt different bank holidays to fit in with local customs and traditions.

Local bank holidays vary in their dates from town to town and will usually fall on the day of the patron saint of that town. Many of the coastal towns will have a bank holiday for San Juan, a celebration of the summer solstice or for the Virgen del Carmen, protector of the seas/fishermen.

Throughout Spain, a bridge day is likely to be taken if a bank holiday falls on either a Tuesday or a Thursday known as ‘haciendo puente’. An additional day off is taken on a preceding Monday or a following Friday in order to make a longer weekend. Often shops and schools will have a haciendo puente.

Bank Holiday Dates (2015)

All bank holidays fall on set dates in Spain with the exception of Easter, Semana Santa, the holy week. This normally occurs immediately after the first full moon of spring. If a bank holiday falls on a Sunday, the bank holiday is observed the following day. This is sometimes applied to bank holidays that fall on a Saturday, they will be observed on the Monday immediately after.

National and Regional

1st January - New Year's Day - Año Nuevo

6th January - Day of the 3 Kings - Dia de los Tres Reyes

28th February - Andalusia Day - Dia del Andalucia

2nd April - Maundy Thursday - Jueves Santo

3rd April - Good Friday - Viernes Santo

1st May - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajo

15th August - Assumption Day - Asuncion de la Virgen

12th October - Spanish National Day - Dia de la Hispanidad

1st November - All Saints Day - Todos los Santos

6th December - Spanish Constitution Day - Dia de la Constitucion

8th December - Immaculate Conception Day - Immaculada Concepcion

25th December - Christmas Day - Navidad

Common local holidays

15th May - Patron Saint of Agriculture - San Isidro Labrador

24th June - St John Festival - Festival de San Juan

16th July - Patron Saint of Fisherman - Virgen del Carmen

19th August - Malaga Day - Dia del Malaga

26th December - St Stephen's Day - Sant Esteve

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