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 for the whole of 2020, all 14 of them! Note all but two local holidays (19 August and 8 September) are also public holidays in Andalucia 2020.
What’s open on public holidays in Malaga?
Before our list of dates of public holidays in Malaga for 2020, some information on what to expect open on a public holidays. As a general rule, the following are closed:
- 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 2020
Wednesday 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 6 January – Three Kings (Epiphany). Shops won’t open but they do open on Sunday 5 January. Tuesday 7 January is the start of the sales, a great time to pick up some bargains when you’re shopping in Malaga.
Friday 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.
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Easter is about the right date this year…
Thursday 9 April – Easter Thursday. Most bars and restaurants open but shops are closed.
Friday 10 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.
Friday 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).
Saturday 15 August – Ascension Day and a national holiday. Bars, restaurants and shops are open.
Wednesday 19 August – 1 of the 2 local holidays and the high point of Malaga Fair.
Tuesday 8 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.
Sunday shopping – shops open on Sunday 6 September.
Monday 12 October – Spanish National Day. Bars, restaurants and shops are open.
Monday 2 November – All Saints Day, when Spanish people traditionally visit cemeteries and honour their dead. The actual public holiday is Sunday 1 November, but the day off has been moved to the Monday this year. Shops, bars and restaurants open as usual.
Monday 7 December – Spanish Constitution Day. The actual public holiday is Sunday 6 December, but the day off has been moved to the Monday this year. Bars,restaurants and shops open as usual.
Tuesday 8 December – Immaculate Conception Day. Bars and restaurants open, but shops will be closed.
Friday 25 December – Christmas Day. Find out more about Christmas in Malaga.
Sunday shopping – shops and markets open on Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 December to give you extra time for your Christmas shopping!