The Day Of Cantabria

Celebrated on the second Sunday in August each year, the Day of Cantabria is a public holiday observed in the Cantabrian region of Spain. Although this holiday is widely celebrated in this area of Spain, it is not a statutory public holiday. That means public transportation and most businesses operate according to their normal operating hours.

It is a day observed with craft displays, festivals, traditional dance and music, agricultural animal shows, exhibitions by artists, and a wide variety of other holiday events. It is a day for the people of Cantabria to enjoy the history and culture of their region and share it with others.

History of the Day of Cantabria in Spain

This holiday was first proposed by the mayor of Cabezón de la Sal as a day to celebrate the history and culture of Cantabria. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967 as the Day of Mountains.

In 1971, it was declared of National Interest to Tourists and of Special Regional Interest just 12 years later. When the autonomous community of Cantabria was established in 1982, the name of the holiday was changed from the Day of Mountains to the Day of Cantabria.

Observing the Day of Cantabria in Spain

Even though it is not an official day off for people because it is held on a Sunday, many people in Cantabria have the day off. This is fortunate because there are many activities to partake in within this autonomous community located in Spain. There are sporting events, crafts, art exhibitions, displays of agricultural products, animal shows, horse and cattle parades, and communal meals.

Some of the communal meals that can be enjoyed in Cantabria include seafood pulled directly from the Cantabrian Sea, trout fished from the rivers, and, of course, veal. Dishes such as Pollo Campurriano, Cocido Lebaniego, and Quesada Pasiega are also popular.

Where is it celebrated?
Spain (Local holiday) - Cantabria
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 11 Sunday
Next year (2025)
August 10 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 13 Sunday