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Day of Melilla in Spain

The Day of Melilla (Día de Melilla) in Spain marks the anniversary of September 17, 1497. On this date, the soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia stormed the city of Melilla.

Coastal Melilla, Spain
The coast of Melilla, Spain.

What Do People Do?

Some people mark the Day of Melilla with parties and other celebrations. For others, it is a day off work to spend quietly with family members and close friends. Some people also use the day to protest that Melilla should be part of Morocco rather than Spain.

Public Life

The Day of Melilla is a public holiday in the city of Melilla, but not the rest of Spain, on September 17. Public life is generally very quiet and most businesses and other organizations are closed. Most stores are closed, although some bakers and food stores may be open. Public transport services may run as normal or to a reduced schedule.


Melilla is an autonomous Spanish city on the northern coast of Africa. All of its land borders are with Morocco and the Mediterranean separates it from mainland Spain. From 791 CE until 1497 CE, Melilla was part of a Muslim empire.

On September 17, 1497, soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, lead by Don Pedro de Estopiñán, stormed the city. They claimed Melilla for the Crown of Castile, an Iberian dynasty. These events are marked each year on Melilla Day. Some people in Melilla do not celebrate the Day of Melilla, as they feel that the city should not be under Spanish control, but part of Morocco.


The flag of Melilla consists of a pale blue rectangle that is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is high. The coat of arms of Melilla is at the center of the flag. This consists of two pillars representing the Straits of Gibraltar, a crown, a castle, baskets of serpents and a dragon.

Day of Melilla Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriSep 172010Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 172011Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172012Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 172013Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
WedSep 172014Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 172015Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 172016Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SunSep 172017Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172018Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 172019Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 172020Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla

Quick Facts

The Day of Melilla marks the anniversary of the storming of the city in 1497 and is a public holiday in Melilla, Spain.

Day of Melilla 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018 (local in Melilla)

Day of Melilla 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (local in Melilla)


Name in other languages

Día de MelillaSpanish
Day of MelillaEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in September 2018 in Spain

Fun Holiday on September 17, 2018

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