dates of holidays are important because businesses and
sights may be closed. But holidays also offer the best
opportunities to view and enjoy the local color.
All offices are closed on national holidays. When occurring
near a weekend, the holiday becomes a four-day weekend.
January: Ano Nuevo (New Year).
6 January: Epifania del Senior (Epiphany).
19 March: San Jose (St. Joseph's Day).
1 April: Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday).
2 April: Viernes Santo (Good Friday).
4 April: Dia de Pascua (Easter Sunday).
1 May: Fiesta del Trabajo (Labor Day).
15 August: Asuncion de la Virgen (Assumption Day).
12 October: Dia de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day).
1 November: Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day).
December: Constitucion Espanola (Constitution Day).
8 December: Inmaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception).
25 December: Natividad del Senior (Christmas).
regions and towns celebrate their own festivals at appointed
times during the year. Check with us for exact dates.
true Spanish style, cultural events are almost inevitably
celebrated with a wild party and a holiday. Among the
festivals to look out for are La Tamborrada in San Sebastion
in February, when the whole town dresses up and goes berserk.
Carnival takes place throughout the country in late February;
the wildest is said to be in Sitges. In March, Valencia
has a week long party known as Las Fallas, which is marked
by all-night dancing, drinking, first-class fireworks
and colorful processions? Semana Santa (Holy Week) is
the week leading up to Easter Sunday with parades of holy
images through the streets; Sevilla is the place to be
if you can get accommodation. In late April the Feria
de Abril in Sevilla is a weeklong party counterbalancing
the religious fervor of Semana Santa.
1944, each year on the last Wednesday of August in the
little town of Buņol between 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm,
in eastern Spain, La Tomatina, in which the surplus from
its tomato harvest is splashed around in a riot of friendliest
fashion. The Running of the Bulls (Sanfermines) in Pamplona
in July is Spain's most famous festival. Along the north
coast, staggered through the first half of August, are
Semana Grande, another week of heavy drinking and hangovers.