Public holidays in Portugal – plan your trip to Lisbon with these in mind

What are the major holidays in Lisbon? There are public holidays spread throughout the year that mark religious, historic and special events.

Most of Lisbon’s shops and attractions stay open throughout public holidays.

However, the frequency of public transport is reduced on these days (as it is on weekends) when compared to working days.

To plan your trip to Lisbon, find out what are the upcoming public and school holidays in Portugal.

Upcoming public holidays

Public Holiday20222023
New Year’s DaySaturday 1 JanuarySunday 1 January
Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras
(Optional holiday)
Tuesday 1 MarchTuesday 21 February
Good FridayFriday 15 AprilFriday 07 April
Easter SundaySunday 17 AprilSunday 09 April
Freedom DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 April
Labour DaySunday 1 MayMonday 1 May
Corpus Christi
(60 days after Easter Sunday)
Thursday 16 JuneThursday 08 June
Portugal DayFriday 10 JuneSaturday 10 June
Saint Anthony’s Day
(Municipal holiday in Lisbon)
Monday 13 JuneTuesday 13 June
Saint John’s Day
(Municipal holiday in Porto)
Friday 24 JuneSaturday 24 June
AssumptionMonday 15 AugustTuesday 15 August
Republic DayWednesday 5 OctoberThursday 5 October
All Saints DayTuesday 1 NovemberWednesday 1 November
Restoration of IndependenceThursday 1 DecemberFriday 1 December
Immaculate ConceptionThursday 8 DecemberFriday 8 December
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberMonday 25 December


Christmas and New Year’s holidays

On 24 December and 31 December shops in Lisbon, including shopping centres, close at 7pm.

On Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January) most Lisbon attractions, shops and many restaurants are closed. Public transport is affected on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with reduced service. On 26 December many shops start their winter sale.

Easter holidays

Most Lisbon attractions will open on Good Friday, but some may close on Easter Sunday.

School holidays

School term dates change slightly from year to year. Traditionally, there are three school terms, with three short mid-term breaks and a longer break over the summer:

Summer holiday: late June to early September
Christmas holidays: late December to early January
Carnival holidays: Carnival Monday, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Easter holidays: two weeks before Easter Sunday