During the celebration of All Saints’ Day and the Commemoration of the Faithful Dead, it is tradition to visit cemeteries to remember deceased loved ones. All Saints’ Day was established by the Catholic Church after the Great Persecution of Diocletian at the beginning of the 4th century.
Cemeteries are decorated these days with bouquets of flowers in memory of loved ones who have passed away. It is a holiday in Spain where thousands and thousands of people attend the cemeteries where family and friends are buried.
In addition, the president of the Andalusian Federation of Florists, María Castillo, observed that the sales that occur during the holiday of All Saints amount to 50% of the turnover throughout the year. “It’s a tradition that’s hard to lose,” he added.
Cemeteries across the country are open on this day. A large crowd is expected. More than half a million people visit cemeteries in Madrid these days, although the biggest influx is expected to take place on November 1 between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
Below, we present a list of the opening hours of some cemeteries in Spain:
- La Almudena Cemetery
One of the most important cemeteries of the Community of Madrid, the cemetery of La Almudena, located at Avenida Daroca, 90, opens its doors at 8:00 a.m. and closes them around 6:30 p.m. Carabanchel South Cemetery has the same schedule.
The Fuencarral Cemetery, the Vallecas Municipal Cemetery, or the Canillas Municipal Cemetery are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Montjuïc cemetery will be open on Wednesday, November 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The remaining cemeteries, such as Poblenou, Les Corts, Sant Andreu, Sarrià, Sants, or Sant Gervasi, have the same hours (08:00 to 6:00).
- San Fernando Cemetery (Cádiz)
The cemetery has unique hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- English Cemetery (Málaga)
Malaga’s English Cemetery is a historic and artistic garden essential to learning about the 19th and 20th centuries in this city. It is open to the public today from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The cemetery of San Froilán, in Lugo, will open on All Saints’ Day in two shifts. First, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. And the Noia Cemetery (A Coruña) is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., although the hours may vary due to holidays.
- Whale Cemetery (Cantabria)
The cemetery is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
However, hours may vary for All Saints’ Day.