A list of public holidays in Portugal checked and updated 11th September 2018

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 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 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. Most small shops in the villages and of course all post offices and banks observe the holidays strictly.

School holiday breaks 2018 - apart from the obvious dates below, schools will be on holiday at these times, therefore the 'Schooldays only' buses will not run :

Winter term 2018 generally starts on the second Monday of September and ends on the 14th December.
Schools resume on 3rd January until 1st March, they then have a week off going back on 7th March.
Easter Holidays are from 6th to 22nd April (inclusive) then schools finish on 30th June

Summer bus timetables (where different) apply from 1st July until (generally) the second Sunday of September


(Monday December 24th - it is very unlikely that banks, post offices, commercial offices etc will be open today)
Tuesday December 25th - Christmas Day
(December 26th is not a holiday here)


Tuesday January 1st (New Year's Day)
Tuesday March 5th - Carnaval (Shrove Tuesday) - not an official holiday but local festivities are held. Algarve bus and train routes will run Sunday timetables.
Friday April 19th - Good Friday
Sunday April 21st  - Easter Sunday ('Easter Monday' is not a holiday in Portugal)
Thursday April 25th - Liberation Day
Wednesday May 1st - Labour Day
Sunday June 10th - Portugal Day
Thursday June 20th - Corpus Christi
Thursday August 15th - Assumption
Saturday October 5th - Portugal Day
Friday November 1st - All Saints
Sunday December 1st - Restoration of Independence
Sunday December 8th - Immaculate Conception
Wednesday December 25th - Christmas Day

Cross border travel may be affected. 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 holidays.

Spanish Public Holidays 2018
Spanish Public Holidays 2019

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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