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A practical guide to opening hours

The practical guide to opening hours offers an informative frame to know when I am able to open and what type of outlet do I have

This is your guide to the adaptation of your retail outlets' openings times in line with Catalan regulation. The act on opening hours allows outlets to open for a maximum of 12 hours a day between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. Such outlets are required to remain closed on Sundays and public holidays and to bring forward their closing time to 8 pm on 24 and 31 December. Retailers may freely distribute their daily opening times within these limits. Aside from certain exceptions depending on the type of outlet, retail establishments may generally open on a maximum of 8 Sundays or public holidays throughout the year, according to the calendar established by the Generalitat, plus two public holidays that determines each individual municipalities for municipal.

When can I open?

In this section you will find information on weekly opening days, opening times, Sunday and public holiday openings, comulsory closing days and restricted openings for each type of restricted businesses in Catalonia:

  • Retail outlets in general.
  • Shops selling cakes, confectionary, churros, bread, ready meals.
  • Outlets selling newspapers, flowers and plants.
  • Sale of fuels.
  • Retail outlets in tourist towns
  • Outlets at tourist venues (museums, monuments and tourist recreation centres).
  • Outlets located at borders, in stations or other land, sea or air transport terminals.
  • Shops in hotels.
  • Food stores (< under 150 sq. m.).
  • Convenience stores.
  • Outlets under 150 sq. m. in area located in towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants with authorisation from the town council (otherwise, general opening hours).
  • Chemist's shops.
  • Outlets located in the immediate vicinity of retail markets held on public holidays.

Trading hours 2018 and 2019

The eight public holidays when trading establishments in Catalonia can remain open in 2018 and 2019 under Act 3/2014, of 19 February, on trading hours and measures for certain promotional activities (Official Journal of the Government of Catalonia no. 6568, of 24.02.2014), are as follows:


  • 7 January.
  • 1 July.
  • 12 October.
  • 1 November.
  • 6, 8, 16 and 23 December.


  • 13 January.
  • 7 July.
  • 12 October.
  • 1, 6, 8, 15 and 22 December.

What type of outlet do I have?

Convenience stores
Retail outlets with a surface area of less than 500 sq. m., which must likewise have on offer each of the following groups of items: books, newspapers and magazines; food products; CDs and videos; toys, gifts and various items. They must be open to the public for at least 18 hours a day.


Shops in hotels
Retail outlets located inside hotels, which are not directly accessible from the street and whose activity must be permanent.


Food stores that are exempt from general opening hours
Personal sales or self-service outlets owned by SMEs with a sales area no larger than 150 sq. m. and which solely offers daily food products.


Outlets at tourist venues
Retail outlets at museums, monuments or tourist recreation centres, which sell products that are directly linked to the respective places.


Retail outlets in tourist towns
A tourist town shall refer to one that either meets certain parameters insofar as accommodation for seasonal influxes is concerned, or a place with a large influx of visitors for tourist reasons. Classification as a tourist town for the purposes of establishing retail opening hours is incumbent on the Directorate-General for Trade, at the request of the town council concerned.


Additional information

Sunday and public holiday opening times
As provided by Article 2 of the Order EMO/36/2014, Town councils may substitute up to two dates in working days 8 holidays in accordance with the conditions laid down in the law 3/2014 of 19 February and said Order. Contact your town council for further information.


Publication of opening hours
Retail outlets are required to display opening hours in such a way that the public can see the information, even when the store is closed.

Update:  10.01.2018