With local fiestas taking place in Menorca practically every week, from June to September, the calendar below gives a quick and easy reference to what’s going on where to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun. A full programme of events for each fiesta will be published throughout the summer months. Please note local banks and most shops will be closed locally during each fiesta.
Public Holidays celebrated in Spain include a mix of religious, national and regional, with each municipality allowed to have a maximum of 14 Public Holidays per year – a maximum of nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two are chosen locally. In practice, except for holidays falling on a Sunday, the regional governments can choose up to three holidays per year; or they can choose fewer to allow for more options at the local level. If more than one ‘National Holiday’ falls on a Sunday (for 2 out of the 7 holy months in the Spanish year), the regional governments can choose an alternative holiday, or they can allow local authorities to choose.
See below for a list of Spain’s National Holidays as well as Regional Holidays relevant to Menorca, when the banks as well as most shops (except in the resorts during the summer months) are closed. To save getting caught out, check out the dates below.
If a Public Holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, or when two fiestas fall in the same week separated by one day, many people like to take an extra day i.e. the Monday or Friday for a long weekend or the middle day to link them together – this is known as a ‘puente’ or a bridge day.
Please note, some of the Regional Holidays apply to Menorca and may be regarded as Public Holidays in certain instances. Also, for those falling on a Sunday (Labour Day and Christmas Day for 2011), the following day may be treated as a Public Holiday. Check locally to confirm.