Holidays in Portugal

Holidays are an important part of life in Portugal. We do work a lot, but a day off seems like a very good idea if you ask anybody. As an Erasmus student, you could enjoy a holiday travelling or go back and visit your family.

It’s very rare for stores to close on a holiday. Almost every shop is open and you can have a normal day without much of a hassle. Just don’t use public transportation, because they are not working on holidays. The only days that almost every store and coffee shop close are on Christmas day, new year’s eve and new year’s day.

I took this information from the IPLeiria website. Please note that some holidays don’t have a date because they change year after year.

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day;
  • March / April (optional) – Carnival;
  • March / April – Good Friday and Easter Day;
  • April 25th – Freedom Day;
  • May 1st – Labour Day;
  • May 22nd – Day of Leiria;
  • May/June/July – Church holiday;
  • June 10th – Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities;
  • August 15th – Day of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary;
  • October 5th – Republic day;
  • November 1st – All saints day;
  • December 1st – Independence day;
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception;
  • December 25th – Christmas Day.

Some of these dates are on a Monday or Friday. If you don’t have much to do here, it’s time to travel inside Portugal! Check here how to travel inside Portugal.

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