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Spanish Holidays

The Government of Spain publishes a list of holidays every year. This is the list for 2011.

  • January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • January 6 (Epiphany)
  • April 21-22 (Holy Thursday & Good Friday)
  • May 2 (Labor day)
  • June 23 (Corpus Christi)
  • July 25 (St. James)
  • August 15 (Assumption)
  • September 9 (Santa Maria de la Cabeza)
  • October 12 (National Day)
  • November 1 (All Saints' Day)
  • November 9 (La Almudena)
  • December 6 (Constitution Day)
  • December 8 (Inmaculada Concepcion)  

In addition to these national holidays there are many local holidays that vary by region and city. In Madrid: May 2 (Comunidad de Madrid celebration); May 15 (San Isidro celebration); November 9 (La Almudena celebration).

The workdays directly before and after Spanish holidays and vacation periods are not a good time to schedule business meetings. Neither is the month of August nor the several vacation periods around Christmas and Easter. Business hours in Spain are generally 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Banking hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the week, and sometimes Saturday morning. Department stores are generally open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To ensure availability, appointments are recommended.

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