Marbella National & Local Holidays for 2011

Spain is a very large and diverse country with about 50 provinces (provincias) under different autonomous communities and each having their own cultural identities. As far as holidays are concerned, there are designated Spanish Bank Holidays that every provinces list along with their own local holidays.

The Costa del Sol region in Andalusia (in southern Spain), which is in the province of Malaga, includes towns named Marbella, San Pedro, Estepona, Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Each town has their own local ferias in addition to several events, so it’s worth checking the local holidays and the dates of ferias before visiting the town.

As far as the resort town of Marbella is concerned, it observes all Spanish national holidays, in addition to holidays like Andalucia Day (Dia de Andalucia) on 28th February and the Marbella Feria de San Bernabe in the second week in June (June 11).

Here is the list of holidays which will give you an account

1st January – New Year’s Day (Ano Nuevo)

5th January – Twelfth Night (Three Kings Procession)

6th January – Three Kings Day (Epiphany)

28th February – Andalucia Day (Dia de Andalucia)

19th March – San José (Spanish Father’s Day)

21st April – Maundy Thursday

22nd April – Good Friday

1st May – Labour Day

15th August – Feast of the Assumption

12th October – Spanish National Day

1st November – All Saints Day

6th December – Day of the Constitution

8th December – Immaculate Conception (beginning of Christmas season)

25th December – Christmas Day

26th December – St Stephen’s Day – Public holiday in Andalucia

Local Holidays for 2011

17th January – St Anton’s Day in Alhaurin el Grande and St Antonio Abad in Malaga

3rd May – Malaga Crosses of May celebrations

15th May – Setenil in Cadiz, Estepona and Malaga

3rd June – Corpus Christi – holidays in some regions

5th June – Torremolinos Day of the Fish

11th June – Marbella Feria de San Bernabe

16th July – Festival in honour of La Virgen del Carmen – protectress of seamen

8th September – Mijas Virgin of the Rock holiday

In addition to the above mentioned holidays most of which are followed by each  Costa del Sol towns, here are few Spanish ferias that are based on the local culture and hold much importance in the daily life of people living in the particular region.

Holidays in Ferias/Fiestas

Marbella – second week in June

Estepona – first week in July

Benalmadena – second week in August

Malaga – third week in August

Mijas – second week in September

Torremolinos – last week in September

Fuengirola – first week in October

San Pedro – third week in October

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