October 12 - Spain's National Day

What you can expect in Barcelona on October 12


***Our Complete Paella Interactive Experience does not include a market tour this day as La Boqueria is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

On October 12 each year, Spain celebrates its National Day (Día de la Hispanidad), which honors the history of Spain's legacy across the globe, particularly in Latin America.

Spain's National Day is a day of commemoration on which the people honor their past, pay tribute to accomplishments, and reaffirm their devotion to the future of their country. The holiday highlights Spain's links to the international world while celebrating unity and brotherhood. 

Christopher Columbus' exploration of the Americas on October 12, 1492, is remembered as Spain's National Day even though the United States celebrates the second Monday of October. The occasion is crucial to understanding Spain's global legacy and importance, particularly in the Americas. It represents Spain's extensive, shared legacy with the modern-day American nations, which formed the Spanish Empire, the very first superpower in history. 

Expect many people out the night before, most businesses to be closed this day, and usually, some social unrest as Catalunya continues its push for independence from the country! So, if you are in Barcelona on these dates, be sure to plan ahead with your groceries, and don't be surprised if things get a little louder than usual.