If you’re planning a holiday in the Pyrénées-Orientales in 2019, (or long term planning for the future), do bear in mind the dates of the numerous ‘jours fériés’ (bank holidays) during which some or all shops and businesses may be closed.
New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)
Good Friday (Vendredi Saint)
Easter Sunday (Dimanche de Pâques)
Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
May Day (La Fête du Travail)
VE Day – WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire)
Ascension Day (Le Jour de l’Ascension – 40 days after Easter Sunday)
Whit Sunday (Pentecôte)
Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
Bastille Day (La Fête nationale de la Bastille)
La Toussaint (All Saint’s Day)
Anniversary of the 1918 armistice which signalled the end of the First World War (Anniversaire de l’armistice de 1918)
“Faire le pont”
Where a Bank holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, many small businesses will ‘faire le pont’ (make a bridge) and take Friday or Monday off too to ;make a long weekend. This rarely applies to large shops, supermarkets etc, many of whom no longer close for most of the public holidays.