If you’re planning a holiday in the Pyrénées-Orientales in 2022, (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. Large chains often remain open, depending on the date, and small village shops will usually follow their Sunday trading and open in the morning.

Bank holidays in France 2022



New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)
1st January


Good Friday (Vendredi  Saint)
15th April


Easter Sunday (Dimanche de Pâques)
17th April


Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
18th April


May Day (La Fête du Travail)
1st May


VE Day – WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire)
8th May


Ascension Day (Le Jour de l’Ascension – 40 days after Easter Sunday)
26th May


Whit Sunday (Pentecôte)
6th June


Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
7th June


Bastille Day (La Fête nationale de la Bastille)
14th July


Assumption (l’Assomption)
15th August


La Toussaint (All Saint’s Day)
1st November


Anniversary of the 1918 armistice  which signalled the end of the First World War (Anniversaire de l’armistice de 1918)
11th November  


“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.

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Other useful dates 2021

Big Ben Clock

Clocks go forward by one hour – Sunday March 27th and backwards   on Sunday October 30th.

Mother’s Day29th May
Father’s Day 19th  June

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