Q: All Saint's day is 01 November. Are the shops closed or open? How about markets or shopping centres? Tours like "hop on hop off" tourist bus?
A: All Saint's Day (Todos Los Santos), on 01 November, is a public holiday in Spain and therefore most of the shops are closed and those that are open do not operate with their normal hours.
On official public holidays, generally most of the shops are closed, although the big department store El Corte Inglés, for example, opens almost every day of the year, except on Sundays.
Corte Inglés normal opening hours:
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 21:00
Corte Inglés is also open on some festive days however it is best to check their website.
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Concerning the tourist attractions, we recommend checking them before your arrival, as some may close or the opening hours may have changed. You will always find restaurants or bars open on public holidays, but it depends on each place as to whether they choose to open, so please also give them a call.
Timetables are always subject to seasonal change, therefore we recommend visiting the official website of the company or attraction or calling them to make sure when they are operating. You will always find public transport operating throughout the year and the availability depends on the festival. Sometimes there are extended hours for transport like the Metro on holiday period however other services may show a reduced service frequency, The Aerobus shuttle bus to the airport operates 365 days of the year with the same timetable.
For more detailed information about public holidays in Barcelona and Spain, please refer to the links below:
For all details regarding the Bus Turistic, the Hop-on-hop-off tourist bus, its routes, prices and tips, please follow the link below: