There are at least 14 official holidays a year in the Canary Islands. When a holiday falls close to a weekend, locals like to make a puente (bridge) – meaning they also take the intervening day off. On occasion, when a couple of holidays fall close to the same weekend, the puente becomes an acueducto (aqueduct)!
Following are the major national holidays, observed throughout the islands and the rest of Spain:
Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day) 1 January
Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) 6 January
Viernes Santo (Good Friday) March/April
Fiesta del Trabajo (Labour Day) 1 May
La Asunción de la Virgen (Feast of the Assumption) 15 August
Día de la Hispanidad (National Day) 12 October
Todos los Santos (All Saint’s Day) 1 November. Gets particular attention on Tenerife.
La Inmaculada Concepción (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) 8 December
Navidad (Christmas) 25 December
In addition, the regional government sets a further five holidays, while local councils allocate another two. Common holidays include the following:
Martes de Carnival (Carnival Tuesday) February/March
Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) March/April
Día de las Islas Canarias (Canary Islands Day) 30 May
Día de San Juan (St John’s Day) 24 June
Día de Santiago Apóstol (Feast of St James the Apostle, Spain’s patron saint) 25 July. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife the day also marks the commemoration of the defence of the city against Horatio Nelson.
Día del Pino (Pine Tree Day) 8 September. This is particularly important on Gran Canaria.
Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day) 6 December