A list of public holidays in Portugal checked and updated 14th May 2016

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 and / or Easter Sunday.
On Christmas Day and New Year's Day shops are closed.
Small shops in the villages and of course all post offices and banks observe the holidays strictly.

School holiday breaks 2016 - 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 2016 subject to variations according to region and school:

School year ends on Friday 24th June 2015 for most 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


Thursday May 26th - Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi) - newly restored this year
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.**
Tuesday November 1st - All Saints - newly restored this year
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


Cross border train, bus and airline operations may be affected on these days. Do check before making firm travel plans.

The eight national public holidays in 2016 are:

January 1st: New Year's Day (Friday)
January 6th: Dia de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day, Epiphany. (Wednesday)
March 25th: Good Friday
August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Monday)
October 12th: Spanish National Day, (Wednesday)
November 1st: All Saints’ Day (Monday)
December 6th: Constitution Day (Tuesday)
December 8th: Immaculate Conception, (Thursday).

Apart from these national dates, all regions have additional holidays.

Andalusia (incl, Seville, Cadiz, Huelva etc)

February 29th: Andalusia Day (Monday)
March 24th: Maundy Thursday
May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1)
December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

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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