Bank holidays

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In this new monthly column, afpop, Portugal’s largest foreign residents’ association, aims to answer some of the most frequently-asked questions by members.

Question: I’ve been told that all towns in Portugal have a holiday. Is it still true and is there a list of what the days are for each town?

afpop answers: Actually yes, it is still true that most, if not all, towns in the country have a day of celebration. These days not necessarily all shops and services close, although all government and banking offices do.

Some stores will stay open, but most will give their staff the day off. Interestingly, the day may be a week day or weekend. They are automatically a holiday from work.

For 2019, the national holidays in Portugal are:
Jan 1 New Year
Mar 5 Carnival
Apr 19 Good Friday
Apr 21 Easter
Apr 25 Liberty Day
May 1 May Day
Jun 10 Portugal Day
Jun 20 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Oct 5 Foundation of the Republic
Nov 1 All Saints Day
Dec 1 Restauration of Independence
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas

This is a list of some of the municipal holidays in Portugal. You can find a complete list online at:
www.visitarportugal.pt/listas-ordenadas/feriados

Albufeira Aug 20
Alcácer do Sal Jun 24
Alcoutim Sep 14
Aljezur Aug 29
Beja May 10
Braga Jun 24
Cascais Jun 13
Castro Marim Jun 24
Castro Verde Jun 29
Elvas Jan 14
Estremoz May 10
Évora May 10
Faro Sep 7
Lagoa Sep 8
Lagos Oct 27
Lisboa Jun 13
Loulé May 10
Mértola Jun 24
Monchique May 10
Moura Jun 24
Odemira Sep 8
Olhão Jun 16
Portalegre May 23
Portimão Dec 11
Porto Jun 24
Reg. de Monsaraz Jun 13
Santarém Mar 19
Santiago de Cacém Jul 25
S. Brás Alportel Jun 1
Serpa Apr 3
Silves Sep 3
Tavira Jun 24
Tomar Mar 1
Vila do do Bispo Jan 22
V. R. de S. António May 13
Viseu Sep 21

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