A list of public
holidays in Portugal checked and updated 7th January 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:
Carnaval break 8th - 10th February. Easter break from Monday 21st March to Friday 1st April, lessons resume 4th April 2015.
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
In 2013 some public holidays were ´temporarily abolished'
until at least 2019. They are not listed here.
** other cities and towns have municipal holidays. In some cities and
towns away from the Algarve, local buses do not run.on municipal
SPANISH PUBLIC 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,
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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