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Last update on June 12, 2020

Whether you are living in Portugal or just visiting, it’s important to note the dates of Portuguese public holidays as many businesses typically close as a result.

To ensure you don’t miss out on anything important, here is a list of Portugal’s public holidays and especially important dates for your calendar.

Introduction to Portuguese public holidays

As an intensely Catholic country, a considerable number of the public holidays in Portugal are (at least in name) religious. Both tourists and expats should take note of Portugal’s public holidays (feriado public). This is because most shops typically close for the whole day. Furthermore, public services such as transportation operate at a reduced schedule.

Festivals in Portugal: Carnival

Many of Portugal’s bank holidays are national, although some are only celebrated in certain regions. Unlike many other countries, holidays in Portugal are observed on the day on which they fall. As a result, if a national holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is not taken on the next Monday. Additionally, there are widely celebrated Portuguese festivals, which are not deemed official holidays by the state; such as Carnival (Carnaval) on Shrove Tuesday.

Below is a full list of when the main Portuguese holidays occur in 2020; including days off such as bank holidays and Portugal’s school holidays. You can also make sure you mark them on your calendar.

Portuguese public holidays 2020

  • 1 January (Wednesday): New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
  • 10 April (Friday): Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
  • 12 April (Sunday): Easter Sunday
  • 25 April (Saturday): Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade)
  • 1 May (Friday): Labor Day (Dia do Trabalhador)
  • 10 June (Wednesday): Portugal National Day (Dia de Portugal)
  • 11 June (Thursday): Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus)
  • 24 June (Wednesday): Saint John’s Day (Porto, Braga, Figueira da Foz, and Almada)
  • 15 August (Saturday): Assumption of Mary (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
  • 8 September (Tuesday): Nativity of Mary – celebrated only in some regions, however
  • 5 October (Monday): Republic Day (Implantação da República)
  • 1 November (Sunday): All Saints’ Day (Todos os Santos)
  • 1 December (Tuesday): Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência)
  • 8 December (Tuesday): Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)
  • 25 December (Friday): Christmas Day (Natal)

Local holidays in Portugal 2020

  • 15 January (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Santa Cruz)
  • 22 January (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Sao Vicente)
  • 19 March (Thursday): Saint Joseph’s Day (Santarem)
  • 11 April (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Lagoa)
  • 23 April (Thursday): Saint George’s Day (Velas)
  • 25 May (Monday): Municipal holiday (Santana)
  • 26 May (Tuesday): Municipal holiday (Ponta Delgada); in fact, celebrated on the fifth Sunday after Easter
  • 10 June (Wednesday): Azores Day (in Azores only)
  • 13 June (Saturday): Saint Anthony’s Day (in Lisbon only)
  • 20 June (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Corvo)
  • 1 July (Wednesday): Madeira Day (on Madeira Island only)
  • 4 July (Saturday): Saint Elizabeth’s Day (Coimbra)
  • 15 July (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Lajes das Flores)
  • 18 July (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Nordeste)
  • 22 July (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Porto Moniz and also Madalena)
  • 11 August (Tuesday): Municipal holiday (Praia da Vitoria)
  • 16 August (Sunday): Municipal holiday (Sao Roque do Pico)
  • 20 August (Thursday): Municipal holiday (Viana do Castelo)
  • 21 August (Friday): Funchal City Day
  • 2 September (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Povoacao)
  • 21 September (Monday): Saint Matthew’s Day (Viceu and also Elvas)
  • 4 October (Sunday): Municipal holiday (Camara de Lobos)
  • 9 October (Friday): Municipal holiday (Machico)
  • 25 November (Wednesday): Saint Catherine’s Day (Calheta)

Important dates in Portugal 2020

  • 25 February (Tuesday): Mardi Gras/Carnival (Carnaval)
  • 19 March (Thursday): Father’s Day
  • 29 March (Sunday): Clocks go forward one hour as a result of daylight saving time (DST) starting
  • 3 May (Sunday): Mother’s Day
  • 5 October (Sunday): Clocks go back one hour as a result of daylight saving time (DST) ending

School holidays

In addition to national public holidays, Portuguese schools have their own holiday times for students. If you want to know more about school term times, you can also see our guide to school holidays in Portugal.