Holidays in Madrid

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Holidays in Madrid

One of the interesting things about Spain is that each city or region will have its own public holidays. This is true for Madrid, which celebrates San Isidro, the Madrid patron saint, in mid-May. It's worth making a note of public holidays, as most shops and attractions will be closed or have limited opening hours, and public transport will be reduced. Beware of "bridges" too; if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, locals will also take the Monday or Friday off. Most holidays are religious in origin, and there will usually be something interesting happening on these days. Take Epiphany, on January 6, which is when there will be parades for children by the Three Kings of the nativity tradition.

Public Holidays in Madrid

  • January 1, New Year's Day
  • January 6, Epiphany
  • March 19, San Jose, celebrating Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary
  • Easter, when Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays
  • May 1, Labour Day
  • May 15, San Isidro, honouring Madrid's patron saint
  • June 4, Corpus Christi, a religious feast in honour of the Holy Eucharist
  • August 15, Assumption, feast of the Virgin Mary
  • September 9, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, honouring San Isidro's wife
  • October 12, Spain's National Day
  • November 1, All Saints Day
  • November 9, Almudena, which is Madrid's female patron saint
  • December 6, Constitution Day
  • December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25, Christmas Day

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Great afternoon walking tour of Madrid with Beth. Being with Beth is like being with an old friend. She immediately makes you feel comfortable and her enthusiasm for the city is contagious. I had been to the Prado tour the day before my tour with Beth and it was exciting to see places where the artists had lived and worked. Beth also provided great recommendations for dinner and other activities to do during my visit. Beth's tour was one of the highlights of my trip. Thanks Beth!

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Thanks so much Enrique, I totally enjoyed our nighttime tapas walking tour! Enrique was willing to specialize an evening tour of Madrid with lots of sampling of tapas and fine wine. I’m a fast walker and Enrique was willing to cover a lot of ground and really show me lots of beautiful sights. He was fun, lively and engaging! Great tour!

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We had a great evening with Jillian! She knew lots of things to tell about Madrid and the places we went. Those places were really nice and very authentic, the food was absolutely delicious! A big thank you to Jillian, who did an amazing job regarding, even though we had some dietary limitations there was no problem at all to substitute the dishes.

We definitely recommend to book a tour with Jillian, she is a great local you shouldn't miss to meet during your stay in Madrid!