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Open in Tenerife on 6 December: What’s available on the Spanish public holiday?

As it is a "non-substitutable" national public holiday in Spain, many services across the country, Tenerife including, have their usual opening hours altered.

Constitution Day on the 6th of December is a major public holiday in Spain. On this day, most establishments are closed, but there are exceptions in Tenerife. What remains open on the 6th of December?

This public holiday is non-substitutable, meaning it cannot be moved or modified by autonomous communities to align with their work calendars.

Per the Canary Islands Government’s Ministry of Employment, Industry and Trade Order dated 27 June 2011, in zones classified as high tourist influx areas, commercial establishments have the freedom to choose their operational days and hours.

For restaurants, terrace closing times may be extended by an hour compared to the rest of the municipal area, applicable in both winter and summer.


Open in Tenerife on 6 December: What's available on the Spanish public holiday?

Essential workers like health professionals, police, firefighters, and private security will be on duty.

Pharmacies on call will remain operational, as will those open 365 days a year. The full list by municipality can be found online.

Bakeries, including chains like El horno de pan and El rincón del pan, and small bread shops, will be open.

24-hour shops, typically small supermarkets, will operate during their usual hours.

Bars and cafés may open, subject to owners’ discretion, as public holidays usually see an increase in restaurant business.

Petrol stations, similar to pharmacies, will not all be open, but many will offer services. It’s best to check which ones are operational.

Shopping centres in high tourist influx zones, such as Siam Mall, Rosa Center in the south, or Martiánez Shopping Centre in Puerto de la Cruz, may open.

Supermarkets, particularly in tourist areas, might open. While chains like Mercadona will be closed, others like Alcampo, Aldu, Carrefour, and Lidl will operate as usual. Most HiperDino, SuperDino, and Hiperdino Express stores will also remain open, albeit with altered hours.

It’s advisable to check the websites for the latest information on opening hours, as not all stores within a shopping centre may be open.

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