All about time change in Malaga and Spain

In Spain there are two time changes, one in March and one in October. Know when and why we change our clocks and what is the time difference between Malaga and UK.

When do the clocks go back in October?

When is the time change in Spain?The clocks go back on the night leading up to the last Sunday in October. In 2017 the change will be early in the morning from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 October.

The exact time the time changes is at 3:00 a. m., which will change to 2:00 a. m. So from then on it will get dark and dawn earlier.

Therefore from the last Sunday in October the clock will be moved backward by one hour. We now have the well-known winter time.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

When and how is the time change in March to daylight saving or summer time?

In March, the clock change in Spain is in the early morning from Saturday to the last Sunday of the month. In 2018 it will be the night of Saturday the 24th to Sunday the 25th of March.

The clock change in March at 2:00 am, will change to 3:00 am. From that Sunday, dawn and dusk will arrive later, so it is called summer time.

Why do the clocks change in Spain?

The first clock change proposal came from the UK with the aim of saving electricity on the longest days of the year. In 1918, the so-called ‘daylight saving’ was approved worldwide.

In Spain however, this decision was not taken unilaterally. During the civil war, the two parties at war had different timings. This clock difference would be unified at the end of the war.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

Why is the time zone in Spain wrong?

The time zone in Spain should correspond to others like United Kingdom, Portugal or the Canary Islands due to its geographical location.

On March 16,1940 and under a dictatorship, the clocks were set at 12 pm instead of 11 pm. But why did this happen?

According to a report of that time it was to be in accordance with other European countries, but it seems that it was more of a gesture towards Berlin. This change is something England and France also did, although at the end of the war England returned to its natural time zone, while France and Spain did not.

What is the time difference between UK and Malaga or Spain?

Spain and Malaga are 1 hour ahead of the United Kingdom. In Spain only Canary Islands have the correct time zone.

In a near future is possible that Malaga and UK will share the same time zone, when it happens I will be here to tell you.

Raúl G.T

Raúl G.T

Developer and content editor at Malagaweb.com
Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
Raúl G.T

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