Public holidays in Malaga in 2019

If you travel to Spain a lot you’ll have noticed that this is a country that loves a holiday and Malaga is no exception. In this blog post we list the public holidays in Malaga in 2019, all 14 of them! Note all but two local holidays (19 August and 8 September) are also public holidays in Andalucia 2019. 

What’s open on public holidays in Malaga?

Before our list of dates of public holidays in Malaga for 2019, some information on what to expect open on a public holidays. As a general rule, the following are closed:

  • Banks
  • Government (regional and national) offices
  • Malaga council offices
  • Schools and universities
  • Shops (except on permitted days – see specific dates below).

As a general rule, the following are open:

  • Bars and restaurants (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
  • Public transport (Sunday timetables usually operate)
  • Museums and monuments (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

Also note that if a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday after becomes the public holiday.

Public Holidays in Malaga 2019


Tuesday 1 January – New Year’s Day is a public holiday. Shops, businesses, monuments and museums in Malaga do not open on New Year’s Day. Some bars and restaurants may be open.

Monday 7 January – Three Kings (Epiphany). The official date is Sunday, but Monday is the public holiday this year. Shops will be open as usual and it’s the start of the January sales.


Thursday 28 February – Andalusian Regional Day. This is the day when the region of Andalusia celebrates its autonomical status. Most bars and restaurants open, but shops are closed.


Easter is very late this year…

Thursday 18 April – Easter Thursday. Most bars and restaurants open but shops are closed.

Friday 19 April – Good Friday. Expect bars and restaurants in the main tourist areas to be open. Shops are closed.

Easter is one of the busiest times of the year in Malaga.


Wednesday 1 May – Labour Day. Bars and restaurants open as usual, but don’t expect to find any shops open.

In Spain when a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday those people who can take the Monday or Friday off as well. This is known as a ‘puente’ (bridge).


Thursday 15 August – Ascension Day and a national holiday. Bars, restaurants and shops are open.

Monday 19 August – 1 of the 2 local holidays and the high point of Malaga Fair.


Monday 9 September – a local holiday (in Malaga only) celebrating the city’s patron saint, the Virgin of the Victory. The official date is Sunday 8 September, but the public holiday falls on the Monday in 2019. Bars and restaurants open, but shops close.


Saturday 12 October – Spanish National Day. Bars, restaurants and shops are open.


Friday 1 November – All Saints Day, when Spanish people traditionally visit cemeteries and honour their dead. Shops, bars and restaurants open as usual.


Friday 6 December – Spanish Constitution Day. Bars and restaurants open, but shops do not.

Monday 9 December – Immaculate Conception Day, which actually falls on Sunday 8 December. Bars, restaurants and shops open as usual.

Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day. Find out more about Christmas in Malaga.

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