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
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
SPANISH PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
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.
Public Holidays 2018
Spanish Public Holidays 2019
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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