While on vacation, or any day for that matter, one of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a long lingering lunch in a quaint local restaurant, bar or pub. In both Portugal and Spain, this became a bit of timing issue due to siesta. We quickly learned there are two periods of siesta in Spain — siesta for shops and businesses, when many people go to a bar or restaurant — and then siesta for the restaurants, who obviously can’t rest when everyone wants to come and eat.
The siesta for shops and businesses is from approximately 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. while bars and restaurant close from about 4 p.m. until about 8 or 9 p.m. I can attest to the fact that after a two hour lunch and a few San Miguels on a hot afternoon I found the notion of siesta to be brilliant!