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Labour Day

Labour Day 2018 and 2019

In Spain, Labour Day takes place on May 1st. It is a national holiday that celebrates the social and economic achievements of Spain’s workers across the country.

YearDateDayHolidayAutonomous Communities
20181 MayTueLabour DayNational
20191 MayWedLabour DayNational
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The day is also referred to as May Day, and the majority of businesses remain closed. Schools and public offices also remain closed, and commercial centres and shops often extend their hours to accommodate everyone who is out of work and off from school.

The public transportation system runs on this day, however at a diminished “holiday schedule.” Many restaurants and museums remain open, along with several other attractions in Spain, with some extending the hours of operation due to the many people who are off of work. Also on this day, the toll road and taxi fares increase to take advantage of the holiday, especially in Marbella.


Starting in the 19th century, with the labour movements and trade union growing, several days were selected by the trade unionists as a day for celebrating labour. While the U.S., Canada, and other countries celebrate this day in September, countries across Europe celebrate it in May, which coincides with International Worker’s Day, and the May Day celebration. In the past, this day was marked by protests and demonstrations across the countries that still had unfair laws regarding workers’ rights. However, today it is a celebration of the working class and how far labour laws, equality, and other similar factors have come.

Activities on Labour Day

An extremely appealing aspect of Labour Day is the great weather you are going to encounter this time of year. Since Labour Day is in May, many people enjoy swimming, and spending time in the many chiringuitos, or beach restaurants and bars, in Marabella. However, if you are planning to partake in this activity, it is a good idea to make your reservations ahead of time since the majority of businesses remain closed, kids are out of school, and people are off work. This results in these locations filling up quickly, which may leave you without a seat.

There are also several activities for kids on Labour Day in Spain. Since they are out of school, some shopping centres that are open have inflatable bounce houses for the kids to have fun on while parents shop. They also sponsor sports and other activities to keep kids active and entertained while they are out of school.

If you are planning on visiting Spain on Labour Day, make sure you are aware of all the places that are closed. While there are usually some restaurants open, especially along the beach, these are typically crowded with locals who are off of work and school. Also, the public transportation system runs reduced times, so it is a good idea to know the schedule or plan on renting a car for the day. However, something to look forward to is the great weather that is typically observed this time of year, making Labour Day in Spain is the ideal day to spend on the beach.