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What time zone is Spain?

The time zone in the whole of Spain with the exception of the Canary Islands, is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus one hour in winter and two hours in summer. It is always one hour less in the Canary Islands. The date of the summer and winter time changes is usually the last weekend in October (when the clocks go back an hour) and the last weekend of March (when they go forward).

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What's the usual timetable?

In Spain you'll find cafés and bars offering service at all times of day. In many of them you can have 'tapas', combo dishes, sandwiches and 'raciones' (portions of food to share). However, regular mealtimes are: breakfast, between 8 and 10 am; lunch, between 1 and 3:30 pm; and dinner between 8:30 and 11 pm. Cinemas also tend to have a flexible schedule with continuous screenings beginning between 4:30 and 5 pm, with the last showing usually at around 10 pm. In big cities there are also cinemas with late night shows. Theatres tend to have a single performance starting at around 8 pm. Nightlife is very important in Spain, and particularly from Thursday to Sunday. Pubs, bars and clubs usually stay open until three or four in the morning, and in big cities there are places that are open until dawn.

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When are the shops open?

Shops are usually open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 to 8 pm. Major shopping centres and department stores are open all day from 10 am to 9 or 10 pm. Shopping centres and department stores are also open to the public on certain Sundays during the year. In coastal areas in the high season, most establishments usually remain open until after 10 pm. What's more, a number of cities have unregulated opening hours, and shoppers therefore have much more time to shop. Chemists are usually open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 to 8 pm. You'll also find some that are open 24 hours a day in big cities. There is a rota of duty chemists for night-time and weekend services, which is displayed in the establishment and published in the newspaper.

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What are the national public holidays in Spain?

Certain dates are designated public holidays in Spain, and these may be national, regional or local. The following are the national public holidays for 2014: 1 January, New Year's Day. 6 January, Epiphany. 17 April, Maundy Thursday (all Spain except Catalonia and the Region of Valencia). 18 April, Good Friday. 1 May, Labour Day. 15 August, the Assumption. 1 November, All Saints' Day. 6 December, Spanish Constitution Day. 8 December, Festivity of the Inmaculada Concepción. 25 December, Christmas Day.