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, historical 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 Holiday20182019
New Year’s DayMonday 1 JanuaryTuesday 1 January
Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras
(Optional holiday)
Tuesday 13 FebruaryTuesday 5 March
Good FridayFriday 30 MarchFriday 19 April
Easter SundaySunday 1 AprilSunday 21 April
Freedom DayWednesday 25 AprilThursday 25 April
Labour DayTuesday 1 MayWednesday 1 May
Corpus Christi
(60 days after Easter Sunday)
Thursday 31 MayThursday 20 June
Portugal DaySunday 10 JuneMonday 10 June
Saint Anthony’s Day
(Municipal holiday)
Wednesday 13 JuneThursday 13 June
AssumptionWednesday 15 AugustThursday 15 August
Republic DayFriday 5 OctoberSaturday 5 October
All Saints DayThursday 1 NovemberFriday 1 November
Restoration of IndependenceSaturday 1 DecemberSunday 1 December
Immaculate ConceptionSaturday 8 DecemberSunday 8 December
Christmas DayTuesday 25 DecemberWednesday 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 either side of Easter Sunday