“La siesta” is a famous Spanish midday lunch break when shops and some businesses close for a few hours. However, it’s not always the case. Most businesses close in the afternoon at 2 p.m. and reopen in the evening at 5 p.m. except restaurants, shopping centers and major chain stores. Let us explain you the opening hours in Spain.
Shops are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., from Monday to Saturday. From 2 p.m. to 5p.m. shops are closed for the famous spanish “siesta”. Some small shops are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Chemists are open from 9,30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also there are a rota of duty chemists for night-time and weekend services.
The majority of public services such as Healthy Centres and Public Administration open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.
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Banks are open from 8,30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Some banks open on Thursday afternoons from 5 p.m. to 7,30 p.m.
Restaurants have their customary opening times. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10,30 p.m. Lunch is served from 1,30 p.m. to 3,30 p.m. Dinner is served between 8,30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Theatres usually have a single show, which normally starts around 8 p.m. Cinemas are open from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m.
When it comes to nightlife, Spaniards usually go out from Thursday to Sunday. Pubs open approximately from 12 p.m. until 4 a.m., discos and nightclubs do not open until 11 p.m., however people start turning up at 2 a.m. The fiesta finishes at 4 a.m. or even at dawn.