If you’re planning a holiday in the Pyrénées-Orientales in 2023, (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 2023

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)
10th 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)
18th May

Whit Sunday (Pentecôte)
28th May

Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
29th May

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.


Other useful dates 2021

Big Ben Clock

Clocks go forward by one hour – Sunday March 26th and backwards   on Sunday October 29th.

Mother’s Day4th June
Father’s Day 18th  June


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