This page summarizes the official public holidays in Barcelona during 2013 . Many of these days are also important festivals and celebrations. All of the days below are bank holidays where the majority of shops and banks are closed.
Please note the days listed below do not include Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday periods.
In general most shops are open on Saturdays (provided it is not a public holiday festival or celebration) but closed on Sundays. However many restaurants are open during the weekends.
There are changes to the festival dates each year and some of these important Barcelona heritage celebrations occur in some years but not in others. It is important therefore to check this page each year before planning your holiday.
01 January New Year's Day
06 January Epiphany
29 March Good Friday
01 April Easter Monday
01 May Labour day
20 May Whitsun or Pentecost
23 June - 24 June St. John's Day festival - Otherwise known as Sant Joan - fireworks, bonfires and beach parties are the order of the day.
15 August Assumption Day
11 September Day of Catalonia
20 - 24 September La Mercè festival - The biggest, most colourful and wild festival in Barcelona - make sure you are in a party mood!
12 October Columbus' Day or National Day of Spain
01 November All Saints day
06 December Constitution' Day
08 December Day of the Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day / Saint Stephen's Day
For the opening hours of the Barcelona attractions during these holiday periods I recommend you check the official websites for each attraction that are given throughout this site. The opening times for the attractions can vary and can change at short notice which makes it difficult to monitor these individually.