If you are thinking of coming to Spain this year either on holiday or perhaps to organize your property purchase (which would involve applying for your NIE number/Certificado at the National Police Station/Comisaria de Policia or Foreigner’s Office/Oficina de Extranjeria) then something to be aware of are the dates of the National Holidays. Each year the Spanish enjoy a number of National (public) holidays as well as Regional holiday days.
The National holidays are celebrated on the same date each year, regardless of whether they fall on a weekend day or a week day when the whole of Spain will be on holiday unlike the Regional holidays when it will only be the that particular province that is on holiday.
It is important to be aware of these days because the Government offices and some Police Stations responsible for issuing your NIE numbers/Certificados may be closed. They may also close for what the Spanish call their “Puente” days or as we would say, a “bridge” day. This is when the holiday falls for example on a Tuesday or Thursday and the Monday or Friday is then taken as holiday as well, giving a nice long weekend!
As well as the Foreigner’s Office and National Police Stations, shops, banks and many other businesses will close for the National Holiday. The majority of restaurants and bars will remain open however, so don’t worry you will still be able to eat and enjoy a nice cold cerveza!
At the bottom of the page is a list of the National Holidays as well as an explanation of what they are. Another date to be aware of if you are planning on coming to Alicante to apply for your NIE number is the holiday of San Juan which falls on the 24th June. This is normally celebrated with a week long fiesta of fireworks and bonfires (see our other article on Fiestas for more details of this) with many business closing for a few days. The Extranjeria however usually only closes on the actual day of San Juan, 24th June.
New Year’s Day – Año Nuevo
Thursday 1 January 2017
Good Friday – Viernes Santo
Friday April 14 2017
Labour Day – Día del Trabajador
Friday 1 May 2017
Assumption of the Virgin Mary – Asunción
Saturday 15 August 2017
Spanish National Holiday – Fiesta Nacional de España
Monday 12 October 2017
All Saints’ Day – Día de todos los Santos
Sunday 1 November 2017
Constitution Day – Día de la Constitución
Sunday 6 December 2017
Immaculate Conception – Inmaculada Concepción
Tuesday 8 December 2017
Christmas Day – Navidad
Friday 25 December 2017
** Plus in Alicante 24th June – the National Police Station dealing with NIE applications will be closed. National Police Stations issuing NIE numbers do not normally close for Regional Holidays.