Timetables and public holidays
- When are the shops open?
The most usual business hours are from Monday-Saturday, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and 4:30 to 8 pm.Major shopping centres and department stores are open all day from 10 am to 9 or 10 pm. The main department stores and shopping centres also open their doors to the public on some Sundays in the year. Establishments usually stay open until after 10 pm in the high season in coastal areas. What's more, in a number of cities opening hours are unregulated, and shoppers thus have a wider range of opening hours. Chemists are usually open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30-8 pm, although in major cities some chemists stay open round the clock. There is a rota of duty chemists for night-time and weekend services which displayed in each establishment and published in the newspapers.
Business and Offices are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 h to 14.30 h and from 16.35 h to 19.00 h.
Pharmacies open Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. and Saturday from 9.30 to 13.30 h.
At weekends and in closing times there are rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.
In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours.
- When are the national public holidays in Spain?
Certain dates are designated public holidays in Spain, and these may be national, regional or local.
The following are the national public holidays for 2016:
• 1 January: New Year's Day.
• 6 January: Epiphany.
• 24 March: Maundy Thursday (throughout Spain, except in Catalonia).
• 25 March: Good Friday.
• 2 May: May Day (in Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Canary Islands, Castile and León, Extremadura and Madrid)
• 15 August: the Assumption.
• 12 October: Spain's National Day.
• 1 November: All Saints' Day.
• 6 December: Spanish Constitution Day.
• 8 December: Festivity of the Immaculate Conception.
• 26 December: day after Christmas Day (except in Canary Islands, Galicia, the Basque Country and La Rioja)
- At what time are meals served in Spain?
Breakfast is usually served from eight to half past ten in the morning. Lunch, at restaurants, is served between 13.00 to 15.30 h. Dinner is served from 20.30 to 23.00 h. Many establishments are open continuously throughout the day, especially bars and cafeterias; there you can have "tapas", appetizers, and combo meals. Theatres usually have a single show, which normally starts around 20.00 h. Flamenco Show generally starts between 2200 h - 2300 h. Night time in Spain has a very special meaning, specially from Thursday to Sunday. Pubs, bars, and nightclubs usually stay open until three or four in the morning. In all major cities you can find places that are open until dawn.
- What’s the time in Spain?
The time zone on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 1 hour in winter and + 2 hours in summer i.e. in winters it is behind India by 3 hrs and 30 minutes and in summers it is behind India by 4 hrs and 30 minutes. On the Canary Islands, it is 1 hour less than the time on the mainland and in the Balearics i.e. in winters it is behind India by 4 hours and 30 minutes and in summers it is behind India by 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Spain changes its time between summer and winter for daylight saving. This means that the last weekend in October the clocks go back 1 hour (at 3am it is 2am) and the last weekend in March they go forward 1 hour (at 2am it is 3am).