Are you planning a trip to Valencia? There are many holidays in Spain and so are there in Valencia. During your stay it may be nice to know if there are holidays going on. It’s good to keep them in mind, there can be changes in the city because of the days. Some of them might be interesting to visit if you want to know more about the Spanish culture! Do you want to know which holidays they have and when these take place? Then you should read this page!
Christmas in Valencia
You probably will not have a white Christmas in Valencia, but you will still get in the Christmas-mood in this beautifully decorated city. Enjoying a drink in the sun (if you are lucky) with a big Christmas tree in front of you, what sounds more perfect than that? Besides, the Valencian people have many traditions and you should not miss the typical Christmas delicacies!
Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday. At the days around this holiday are more activities and festivities.
Día de la Comunidad
On the 9th of October the holiday Día de la Comunidad Valenciana is happening. There is much to experience on this day, such as processions, concerts and fireworks.
Día de la Constitución
One of the most important holidays in Spain is Día de la Constitución. Each year on the 6th of December this holiday is celebrated. The holiday is about the reformation of Spain from dictatorship to democracy.
Día de Reyes
After Christmas and New Years Eve it is not over with holidays in Valencia. On the 6th of January it is Día de Reyes, or in English ‘Three Kings’. Especially for kids this is a big day, with many presents! Of course the Valencian people have their own traditions and delicious food with Three Kings. Are you curious?
Fiesta de Todos los Santos
Every year at the first of November the Valencian people celebrate Fiesta de Todos los Santos, also known as All Hallows Day or All Saints’ Day. The name All Hallows Day is coming from Halloween, which takes place the day before this holiday. The Valencian people do not celebrate this party very extensive, but you have to keep in mind that the most shops and stores are closed during this day.
Fiesta Nacional de España
On the 12th of October the Spaniards are celebrating their national holiday ‘Fiesta Nacional de España’. This holiday is about Cristobal Colón, also known as Columbus, who discovered America at 12 October 1492. The locals take it easy at this holiday. Most of the time they take some rest or they are going to family. Besides, many highlights will be open on this holiday and busses and metros will drive at adjusted times.
La Inmaculada Concepción
On the 8th of December the Spanish holiday ‘La Inmaculada Concepción’ is celebrated. Translated to English it is called ‘Immaculate Conception of Mary’. Do you want to know what this holiday exactly is?
New Years Eve
One of the biggest parties of the year: New Years Eve! Valencia is a great city to celebrate this party. Besides, Valencia has its own traditions at his holiday.
During San Juan the Valencian people celebrate the start of the summer. This holiday starts at the longest day of the year and is not only celebrated in Valencia, but also at other places in and around Spain. San Juan takes place at the beaches of Valencia: Las Arenas, La Malvarrosa and La Patacona.
San Vicente Ferrer
At the second Monday after Easter the patron saint of Valencia is remembered. His name is San Vicente Ferrer. Keep in mind that supermarkets and stores are closed during this holiday. However, the Carrefour and Opencor are open 365 days a year.
San Vicente Mártir
On the 22th of January another patron saint will be remembered. The name of this patron saint is San Vicente Mártir. He was, and still is an important figure in Valencia. The 22th of January is an official holiday, which will be celebrated by a holy mass, a procession and the baptism of San Vicente Mártir will be remembered.
Semana Santa, or in English it is called ‘Easter’. In Valencia this holiday is a big event. This one-week during holiday is full of activities.
Virgen de los Desamparados
This holiday is about the Patron Saint of Valencia: Virgen de los Desamparados. The basilica at Plaza de la Virgen is committed to her. This holiday will take place at the second Sunday of May. The party already starts at the night before and from then on there will be many activities.
Tips & Facts
– Keep in mind that stores and supermarkets are closed when it is a public holiday.
– Valencia has not only public holidays to celebrate, but also lots of events and festivals, such as the typical Valencian ‘Tomatina’.