A list of public
holidays in Portugal
Holidays are always observed on the day they fall and are not moved to a convenient Monday as in the UK.
Buses and trains run to Sunday/Holiday
timetables on public holidays.They do run on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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 in detail about two weeks beforehand.
Major malls and supermarkets are usually open all
day on public and religious holidays, except on Christmas Day and
New Year's Day, when they remain closed.
Some may 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
On Christmas Day and New Year's Day shops are closed. Many small shops in the villages and of course all post offices and banks observe the holidays strictly.
Local school terms 2021 / 2022
First term ends Friday 17th December. Second term
begins Monday 10th January (++) and ends Tuesday 5th April for Easter
(++) It was announced on 25th November that the return to school is now delayed a week until this date.
Schools are closed 28th February, 1st and 2nd March for the Carnaval holiday.
Third term begins Tuesday 19th April and ends on various dates in June according to age.
In general the school year ends on 15th June.
Buses marked in the timetables as
'SCH' (Schooldays) only operate during those periods, except obviously not
on public holidays.
Monday 1st November - All Saints
Wednesday 1st December - Restoration of Independence Day
Wednesday 8th December - Immaculate Conception
Saturday 25th December - Christmas Day. (26th December is not a holiday in Portugal)
Saturday 1st January 2022 - New Year's Day
Tuesday 1st March - Carnaval /Shrove Tuesday. Not an official holiday
but widely observed including on most railway and bus routes which run
to Sunday times.
Friday 15th April - Good Friday
Sunday 17th April - Easter Sunday ('Easter Monday' is not a holiday in Portugal)
Monday 25th April - Liberation Day
Sunday 1st May - Labour Day
Friday 3rd June - Corpus Christi
Friday 10th June - National or Portugal Day
Monday 15th August - Assumption
Thursday 5th October - Republic Day
Tuesday 1st November - All Saints
Thursday 1st December - Restoration of Independence Day
Thursday 8th December - Immaculate Conception
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day
(26th December is not a holiday in Portugal.)
Cross border travel may be affected as may local travel in Spain. Do check before making firm
plans. In particular, some of the cross border buses (coaches)
between Seville, the Algarve region and Lisbon do NOT operate on
December 25th and January 1st. They do operate on most other major
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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