The Valencian Parliament has recently approved a modification to the Commerce Law which
limits the opening on Sundays and fiesta days in places classed as “Tourist Influx Zones
(ZGAT)” to 40 per year. In the Vega Baja this directly affects shopping centres in Orihuela
Costa, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, which until now could open every Sunday of the
They will now have just 40 of these days between the Sundays and fiesta days at Easter and
between 15th June and the first Sunday in January, when the sales start. As a result,
commercial centres like Zenia Boulevard and Habaneras will have limited opening on
Sundays and fiesta days between February and June. It is expected that big stores will have
to close in this way from Sunday, 25 th February 2018.
It should be noted that small businesses can still open every day of the year.
The modification to the law was promoted by the Socialist (PSOE) and Compromís parties,
and allowed to pass with the abstentions of Podemos and Ciudadanos, and was voted
against by the Partido Popular (PP).
Valencia Councillor for Commerce Rafael Climent said he was pleased to have approved this
agreement that was reached by an observatory of business and workers organisations in
"We have put an end to more than 25 years of controversy over the opening of shops on
weekends and fiestas and now at last we can concentrate on the problems of this sector
which is deeply rooted and fundamental to our economy," he said.