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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Public Holidays for 2017 - Murcia Region, Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') and Andalucía ('Andalusia') , Spain

(Please see UPDATE at end)

As readers of this blog will know, I have been preparing lists of 'Public Holidays' applicable in the Murcia Region of Spain for some years, because it is in this part of Spain that my own holiday home is located; I wrote a blog article about Public Holidays for 2017 in Murcia Region on 23 October 2016 and you can read it here; the actual list of Public Holidays for Murcia Region for 2017 can be downloaded from my personal website here (in .pdf format).

For the past couple of years, though, I have been thinking it might be useful to prepare a similar list of Public Holidays which apply in one of the neighbouring regions, the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana'), comprising the three Provinces of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia, specially because I often visit a few of the cities there, such as Torrevieja and Alicante, etc, and wanted to avoid a perhaps wasted journey should any of these places have a 'Public Holiday' when I was visiting. However, until recently I found difficulty in identifiying the most suitable source of reliable information, specifically the 'Official Gazette' of the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') and more usefully the specific decision documents relating to 'Public Holidays' there, but I am happy to advise that I overcame this hurdle quite recently.

In Murcia Region the 'Official Gazette' is called the 'Boletín Oficial de la Región de Murcia' or 'BoRM' for short, and its website may be visited here. For the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') its 'Official Gazette' is called the 'Diari Oficial de la Generalitat Valenciana', and its website may be visited here. It can then be a laborious task to identify the specific information required as it is necessary to scrutinise each daily issue of the 'Diari Oficial'. Over the years I have learned roughly when relevant information is likely to be published for Murcia Region, but I have been on a 'learning curve' recently for the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana'), but the relevant information has now been tracked down in two documents published in early September and late December 2016 respectively:
- the summary of National/Regional holidays for 2017 in Valenciana can be viewed here (.pdf document);
- the detailed list of Local holidays for 2017 in Valenciana can be viewed here.

For Murcia Region, a much smaller administrative operation, this information is published in one document, but I imagine that because the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') is a much larger and more complex administrative operation, it takes somewhat longer to coordinate all the 'Local' holiday information in particular, so that it has been published only as recently as 27th December 2016 (the final link immediately above).

Using my best efforts, I have now 'distilled' all this information into a one page document showing National/Regional/Local holidays in a few of the towns/cities in the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') which I think will probably be of most interest to most people, but if you need to find information about a town/city not mentioned in my list, then the final link immediately above will provide it (but bear in mind that municipalities are grouped alphabetically within separate sections for the three constituent Provinces of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia, so you need to know in which of the three Provinces your target town/city is located, or go through this 23-page document laboriously). In any case, my one-page list can be found here in my personal website.

All of this information is centralised in my personal website for Spain, in the Links page under Public Holidays.

Finally, I will perhaps in future years extend my coverage of local public holidays in Spain to other neighbouring regions of the country (for example Andalucía/Andalusia), but I have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle this task in detail for this year, but some may find these links within the official website of the Government of Andalucía/Andalusia ('Junta de Andalucía') of interest:
- National/Regional holidays for 2017 for the whole of Andalucía/Andalusia are here;
- Local holidays for 2017 for towns/cities in Andalucía/Andalusia are here.
(For the final link immediately above, please bear in mind that municipalities are grouped alphabetically within separate sections for the eight constituent Provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla [Seville], so you need to know in which of the eight Provinces your target town/city is located, or go through this very lengthy document laboriously.)

Finally, I hope at least a few readers will find all of this research and information of practical value on the occasions when they are visiting Murcia, Valencia or Andalucía, for national/regional/local holidays, or indeed other parts of Spain so far as national/regional holidays are concerned. I remind readers that such information is summarised for the whole of Spain in its 'Official Gazette' ('BOLETÍN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO') here.

UPDATE (31DEC2017 21.35 GMT) I have written a blog article with details of public holidays for 2018 for Murcia Region, the Valencian Community ('Communitat Valenciana') and Andalucía ('Andalusia') - you can read it here.

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