A puente (Spanish for bridge) is a holiday in Spain, it is the day off to bridge the time between the weekend and a holiday, thereby creating a long weekend. A puente typically occurs when a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, workers will then take the Monday or Friday as a puente, a day off. Some businesses will close down altogether.
In 2012, the Spanish government led by Mariano Rajoy, as it was faced with the eurozone crisis, initiated measures to move public holidays to Mondays and Fridays. The aim of the measure was to avoid puentes. Gayle Allard, an economist at IE Business School has said that the measure can improve productivity. The Spanish Catholic Church opposed the measure, which would shuffle the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- Lauren Frayer (22 January 2012). "Spain workers lose bridge holidays in debt crisis austerity move". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Lauren Frayer (22 May 2012). "Spain's Beloved Four-Day Weekends Are At Risk". NPR. Retrieved 6 November 2013.