Public Holidays in Menorca
Public Holidays in Spain include a mix of religious, national and regional events, 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. 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 local level. There is normally no ‘day in lieu’ if a National Holiday falls on a Sunday. However, should this happen on more than one Sunday for two out of the seven holly months in the Spanish year, the regional governments can choose an alternative holiday, or they can allow the local authorities to choose.
As a result, Public Holidays in Menorca (including both the Balearic Islands and Menorca’s own choices) vary slightly each year which often leads to some confusion. For easy reference, click here for the list of Public Holidays 2013, which includes Spanish National Holidays, Regional Holidays and those specific only to Menorca, when banks as well as most shops (except in the resorts during the summer months) are closed. So, don’t get caught out this year…!
Also, it should be noted that if a Public Holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, or when two Public Holidays fall in the same week separated by one day, many people like to take an extra day, for example the Monday or Friday for a long weekend or the middle day to link them together. This is known as a ‘puente’ or bridge day.