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British holidaymakers are advised not to book trips to Spain on these specific dates

As summer approaches, you may be considering a spontaneous trip to Spain in the coming weeks or perhaps planning a holiday next year. However, Brits are being warned not to book their holidays on specific dates as shops, restaurants and attractions may be closed.

Spain has numerous public holidays throughout the year, which differ from those in Britain, and you might be disappointed if your holiday coincides with them. This is especially true if your trip is short and you want to maximize your limited time there.




A travel expert from My Hotel Break has shed light on how the holidays in Spain can affect your holiday. Kiera Rigby is warning travelers of possible road closures, reduced services, large crowds, transport disruption and high demand for accommodation this festive season, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Here’s what you need to know.

When are the Spanish holidays?

  • New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) – January 1
  • Epiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos) – January 6
  • Good Friday (Viernes Santo) – varies (April)
  • Labor Day (Día del Trabajador) – May 1
  • Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen) – August 15
  • National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España) – October 12
  • All Saints’ Day (Día de Todos los Santos) – November 1
  • Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) – December 6
  • Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción) – December 8
  • Christmas Day (Navidad) – December 25

There are also regional and local holidays to take into account, such as La Diada de Catalunya on September 11 in Catalonia and San Isidro on May 15 in Madrid.

What is the impact for tourists?

On public holidays, many businesses, including shops, restaurants and attractions, may close or operate at reduced hours. Government offices and banks are generally closed.

While major tourist attractions in cities like Madrid and Barcelona may remain open, smaller sights may not.

They often mean local festivities, parades and events, which can be a unique cultural experience for tourists. However, these events also attract large crowds, which leads to busy public transport and busy streets.

Public transport timetables may change on public holidays, resulting in fewer services available. In some cases, certain routes may not work at all, especially in smaller towns.

Popular tourist destinations may experience an influx of visitors during long holiday weekends, making it more difficult to find accommodations. Prices for hotels and rentals can also increase during these times.

What are the best tips for people planning a holiday to Spain?

  • Plan your visit to major attractions on non-holiday days to avoid closures. Always check the opening hours of specific locations in advance.
  • Embrace the festive atmosphere and take part in local celebrations. If the crowds are overwhelming, plan to visit less populated areas or enjoy quieter activities such as exploring parks or the countryside.
  • Check public transportation schedules in advance and consider alternative modes of transportation, such as rental cars or taxis. Booking transport tickets early can also help to avoid last-minute problems.
  • Book accommodation well in advance, especially if your visit coincides with a major holiday. Consider staying in less central areas where prices may be lower and availability higher.

Or just embrace it.


Although holidays in Spain can pose some challenges for tourists, they also offer a unique opportunity to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage. Festivals, parades and local customs offer a glimpse into the Spanish way of life and provide memorable experiences that go beyond typical tourist activities.

Keira says: “If you’re planning a trip to Spain, taking public holidays into account can help you overcome potential challenges and make the most of your visit. Whether it’s adjusting your itinerary to accommodate closures Whether it’s to avoid, take part in local celebrations or simply enjoy the festive atmosphere, understanding and embracing these holidays can enrich your travel experience in this vibrant and diverse country.”

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