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Long weekend in Spain

This Autumn’s long weekend is about to begin. On Sunday it is the Spanish Constitution Day and on Tuesday there is a religious holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.

guardia-civilIt is also one of the really big travel weekends and it is this weekend many Spaniards go to visit relatives in other parts of the country. Many also take some much needed days off before Christmas and New Year’s. Hotel bookings on the Canary Islands are at their peak and Tenerife expects 97% occupancy this weekend.

A heavy traffic weekend means that Guardia Civil is stepping up their surveillance on the country roads. Traffic authorities, DGT, estimates that there will be 5.7 million vehicles movements over the weekend. Therefore it will be reinforced monitoring from friday 3 p.m. until midnight on Wednesday. They have announced that they will put particular emphasis on controls of intoxication (alcohol and drugs) and speed.

Día de la Constitución. Photo: er Guiri.

Día de la Constitución. Photo: er Guiri.


Día de la Constitución 6 December – is a public holiday throughout Spain and is celebrated in memory of the current Spanish constitution, which was adopted in a vote on 6 December 1978. The new constitution marks Spain’s final transition to democracy after Franco’s death in 1975.


In some parts of Spain and especially in Andalusia Monday is a compensation day off for that Día de la Constitución fell on a Sunday and it is then of course spaniards will take their day off on Monday. In the rest of Spain, it is very common to take a day off anyway. Many shops and businesses are closed or have limited opening hours. Bars, restaurants and hotels however have high season on this day.

Jomfru Maria. Foto: Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca

Jomfru Maria. Foto: Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca


Inmaculada Concepción December 8 – is also a public holiday throughout Spain and in almost all parts of the Catholic world. It has a long history and has been celebrated since the Middle Ages. This day off was introduced by Pope Sixtus IV in 1476.

It is believed that it was this day the Virgin Mary was conceived and was completely free of sins in her moms (Sant Anne) womb. The day is in the current Catholic calendar called “Immaculate Conception” and is a committed public holiday for all Catholics.

Watch out for the pigs on the roads

With that warning, I mean of course not that the traffic police are increasing their presence, but the fact that right now it is mating season for wild boars. This usually involves quite a lot of venison accidents, especially at night and in the early morning hours. So be careful. There are plenty of wild boars in Spain and an adult boar can weigh up to 225 kilos and therefore poses a significant traffic hazard.