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 Holiday20192020
New Year’s DayTuesday 1 JanuaryWednesday 1 January
Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras
(Optional holiday)
Tuesday 5 MarchTuesday 25 February
Good FridayFriday 19 AprilFriday 10 April
Easter SundaySunday 21 AprilSunday 12 April
Freedom DayThursday 25 AprilSaturday 25 April
Labour DayWednesday 1 MayFriday 1 May
Portugal DayMonday 10 JuneWednesday 10 June
Saint Anthony’s Day
(Municipal holiday in Lisbon)
Thursday 13 JuneSaturday 13 June
Corpus Christi
(60 days after Easter Sunday)
Thursday 20 JuneThursday 11 June
Saint John’s Day
(Municipal holiday in Porto)
Monday 24 JuneWednesday 24 June
AssumptionThursday 15 AugustSaturday 15 August
Republic DaySaturday 5 OctoberMonday 5 October
All Saints DayFriday 1 NovemberSunday 1 November
Restoration of IndependenceSunday 1 DecemberTuesday 1 December
Immaculate ConceptionSunday 8 DecemberTuesday 8 December
Christmas DayWednesday 25 DecemberFriday 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