Everything New That’s Happening In Spain In June 2024

June is always a busy month in Spain, as the tourism season really ramps up, but this June is set to be busier than ever thanks to the European Elections and anti-mass tourism protests taking place in parts of the country.

Whether you live in Spain or are planning a vacation to the country this month, here’s what you need to know about what’s changing in Spain in June 2024:

File Your Tax Return!

This one is for Spanish residents, but if you want to file your tax return online then 26th June is the last day to do so. If you miss this deadline you will have until 1st July to file in person or on the phone instead. Online filing is much easier, so put the deadline in your diary!

Vote In The European Elections

If you’re a Spanish citizen or an EU citizen, and you live in Spain or anywhere else in the EU, then you can vote i the n the European Elections. These will take place in Spain on 9th June.

Regional Elections In Catalan Region

On 10th June Catalan government will vote on and form a new government. It is thought that the Socialist (PSC) candidate Salvador Illa will become the new regional president.

Protests Against Mass Tourism

There have already been protests against mass tourism in the Canary and Balearic Islands and now these protests have spread to Malaga. On 29th June the people of Malaga will take to the streets protesting under the banner ‘for decent housing and against the processes of touristification and precariousness of life’.

New EU AI Laws

For the first time this June, we will see new EU-wide AI laws come into force. This law is significant as it will impose certain obligations depending on the risk level of each AI systems. This is the first law of its kind.

Schools Out, Kids Abound!

Expect to see more kids on the streets of Spain from this month as Spanish schools break up for the summer.  Most regions will have their last day on Friday June 21st, but some regions will continue onto the 24th. The type of school also influences term dates so if you’re kids are in Spanish school then check with them directly. If you don’t have school-age children, then just be prepared to see more kids around from this month!

Water Prices To Rise In Madrid

From 1st June around a third of domestic customers in Madrid will see their water prices increase.  This ends a decade of frozen tariffs, sanitation and reuse services managed by Canal de Isabel II, and will negatively impact many already overstretched families.

Teachers In Madrid to Protest

On 3rd June we will see teachers take to the streets in Madrid to demand better working conditions. Then on 15th June those same teachers will protest again marching from Plaza de Neptuno to Puerta del Sol in the city.

The End Of VAT Price Reductions On Food

For the past few year the Spanish government has offered a VAT reduction on food and electricity to help struggling families, but this discount will be scrapped in June. This means most families will see their bills and their shopping costs increase.

Corpus Christi Celebrations Across The Country

This annual festival occurs 9 weeks after Easter and is celebrated across the country but in different ways.  In the Catalan town of Sitges, Elche de la Sierra in Albacete, and some places in Tenerife, the locals make brightly-coloured patterned carpets on the streets, made of either flower petals or sawdust. In Granada you can enjoy an elaborate parade, and in Barcelona you will see the city’s fountains decorated with flowers.

Noche de San Juan

This is another event that is celebrated across the country and this year it will fall on June 23rd. Spanish people celebrate this night with bonfires and fireworks, often on the beach. This celebration marks St John the Baptist's birth as well as one of the shortest nights of the year.

Batalla del Vino

This is a unique festical that is only hosted in the Riojan town of Haro. It is effectively a giant wine fight! People gather to throw red wine all over each other whilst wearing white for dramatic effect. This event takes place on June 29th if you want to join in the fun!

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