Updated Jun 06 2023
The public holidays calendar in Barcelona has many holidays that are held all over Spain, as well as other dates that are only celebrated in Catalonia, such as the National Day of Catalonia which takes place on 11th September, or in the city of Barcelona, such as its major festival in memory of its patron saint the Virgen of Mercy, and is celebrated every 24th September.
If you are lucky enough to visit the city during one of these public holidays, it is worth getting information on the traditional celebrations, activities and events for some of these holidays.
When organising a trip to Barcelona it is worth knowing the public holidays calendar for the city as sometimes there may be a change in opening times for visits to museums, monuments and tourist and cultural attractions, especially during the Easter week, 1st and 6th January and 25th and 26th December.
That’s why we recommend you to take a look at this section before travelling to Barcelona and in case your stay coincides with any of the public holidays in the city, you can think ahead and check the opening times of certain cultural visits that you plan to make, of stores and shops you want to go shopping in, as well as get information on the possible changes for some restaurants and night venues or if there is any change to the public transport service, especially metro and bus.
Barcelona public holidays calendar 2023 / 2024
|PUBLIC HOLIDAY 2023 / 2024||HOLIDAY|
|1st January||New Year|
|6th January||Three Kings Day|
|7th April 202329th March 2024||Good Friday|
|10th April 20231st April 2024||Lunes de Pascua|
|1st May||Labour Day|
|28th May 202319th May 2024||Pentecost|
|24th June||Sant Joan Festival (Saint John)|
|15th August||Assumption of the Virgin Mary|
|11th September||National Day of Catalonia|
|24th September||La Mercè Festival|
|12th October||Hispanic Day|
|1st November||All Saints Day|
|6th December||Constitution Day|
|8th December||Day of the Immaculate Conception|
|25th December||Christmas Day|
|26th December||Boxing Day|
Although business opening hours in Barcelona has gotten more relaxed over recent years, on most public holidays (including Sundays) the vast majority of stores and businesses are usually closed. For a certain number of days and/or holiday periods, businesses are open, in some cases just in a specific area of Barcelona called the “tourist zone”.
However, because of its privileged location in Port Vell the Maremagnum Shopping Centre has certain benefits, it is open during all public holidays, except 25th December.
Stores in the “Tourist area” are allowed to open on Sundays from 12pm to 8pm during some periods of the year (2023: 21th and 28th May, 4th, 5th, 11th, 18th, 24th and 25th June, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July, 6th, 13th, 15th, 20th and 27th August and 3rd and 10th September). These are mostly stores located in the Ciutat Vella district (El Raval, El Born – La Ribera, La Barceloneta and the Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter) where a large number of stores are usually open on these Sundays.
Also, each year stores are allowed to open in all areas of the city on some Sundays and other specific public holidays (2023: 8th January, 1st and 26th November and 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st December), although most stores that choose to open during these public holidays are in the city centre.