Barcelona public holidays 2019

Public holidays Barcelona & Spain 2023

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 by scrolling down 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 

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

Good Friday - (Spain)
(Divendres Sant) 
Barcelona guide Easter
Easter Monday - (Catalonia)
(Dilluns de Pasqua)

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

Second Easter - (Barcelona)
(Lunes de Segunda Pascua - Pasqua Granada )
10th June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Day
25th December
Barcelona Christmas

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

On a public holiday in Barcelona,  banks, many businesses, shops and most museums are closed. 

In Barcelona city center the bars and restaurants are usually open.

Cinemas are also open  on public holidays - 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.

Metro, bus, taxis Barcelona

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.

Be prepared for long traffic delays leaving and returning to Barcelona at start and end of puente weekends. 

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