Spanish Opening Hours
The opening hours for most shops throughout the country are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. From 2 p.m. to 5p.m. shops are closed for the famous Spanish "siesta". On Saturdays many small shops (i.e. the majority of "Estancos") are only open to 2 p.m. Major shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets stay open without a break from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. or in some cases until 10 p.m.
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Restaurants start serving lunch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. In small restaurants and bars it is normally possible to get served a fixed number of menus at any time of the day.
Banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, exempt from October to April where banks also are open Saturday from 9a.m. to 1 p.m.
The majority of public services (i.e. the city hall, health centres) are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.
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