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 Holiday 2018 2019
New Year’s Day Monday 1 January Tuesday 1 January
Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras
(Optional holiday)
Tuesday 13 February Tuesday 5 March
Good Friday Friday 30 March Friday 19 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 1 April Sunday 21 April
Freedom Day Wednesday 25 April Thursday 25 April
Labour Day Tuesday 1 May Wednesday 1 May
Corpus Christi
(60 days after Easter Sunday)
Thursday 31 May Thursday 20 June
Portugal Day Sunday 10 June Monday 10 June
Saint Anthony’s Day
(Municipal holiday)
Wednesday 13 June Thursday 13 June
Assumption Wednesday 15 August Thursday 15 August
Republic Day Friday 5 October Saturday 5 October
All Saints Day Thursday 1 November Friday 1 November
Restoration of Independence Saturday 1 December Sunday 1 December
Immaculate Conception Saturday 8 December Sunday 8 December
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Wednesday 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