A list of public holidays in Portugal checked and updated 22nd June 2015

Holidays are always observed on the day they fall and are not moved to a convenient Monday as in the UK.

Buses and trains usually run to Sunday/Holiday timetables on public holidays. At Christmas and New Year timetables may be changed completely.

On Christmas Eve December 24th and New Year's Eve December 31st Businesses and shops close early, around 6 or 7pm. On Christmas Eve virtually everything closes early including bars and restaurants. Some late-evening buses and trains (especially long-distance services) will not run. This information is announced about a month beforehand.

Major malls and supermarkets are usually open all day on public and religious holidays, except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Some also close on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and May 1st. You will need to check locally and/or nearer the time.

In tourist areas, smaller shops usually stay open all day except some will close on Good Friday, Easter Sunday.
On Christmas Day and New Year's Day all shops are closed.
Small shops in the villages and of course all post offices and banks observe the holidays strictly.

School holiday breaks 2015 - apart from the obvious dates below, schools will be on holiday  for two weeks over Easter and three days at Carnaval.

School holiday dates for 2015 subject to minor variations according to region:

Carnaval break 16th to 18th February. Easter break from Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April, lessons resume 13th April 2015.

School year ends on Friday 28th June 2015 for secondary (high) schools, a couple of weeks earlier (varies) for junior and primary schools.

School year in the Algarve usually begins on the second Monday of September.
Summer bus timetables (where different) apply 1st July until the second Sunday of September

In 2013 some public holidays were “temporarily abolished' until at least 2019. They are not listed here.


Wednesday 24th June - Sćo Joćo - this unofficial holiday is observed in the north of the country, but not everywhere in the south.
Saturday 15th August - Assumption
Tuesday 18th August - ALBUFEIRA Municipal holiday. Some shops and businesses will close for the day at lunchtime.**
Tuesday 8th December - Immaculate Conception
Friday 25th December - Christmas Day (nb December 26th is not a holiday here)


Friday   January 1st - New Year's Day
Tuesday  February 9th - Carnaval (Shrove Tuesday) an unofficial holiday but widely observed with street parades etc.
Friday     March 25th  -  Good Friday
Sunday   March 27th - Easter Sunday
Monday     April 25th  -  Liberation Day
Sunday     May 1st  -   Labour Day
Friday     June 10th -   Portugal Day    
Monday     June 13th  -  Feast of St Anthony     Lisbon only
Friday     June 24th   -  Feast of St Jõao (St John the Baptist)     Officially in Porto only but often observed elsewhere
Monday     August 15th    Assumption Day
Tuesday   August 16th - ALBUFEIRA Municipal holiday. Some shops and businesses will close for the day at lunchtime.**
Thursday     December 8th - Immaculate Conception
Sunday     December 25th   -  Christmas Day     (nb December 26th is not a holiday here)

** other cities and towns have municipal holidays. In some cities and towns away from the Algarve, local buses do not run.on municipal holidays

For a list of all the timetables on the site, click here
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here

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