Getting ready for your first trip to Porto? We recommend you check out the country’s national holidays before you get here so that you can plan your stay accordingly.
If you’re planning to travel to Porto during one of its public holidays, you will enjoy a very special atmosphere in the city. However, it is possible that some of the top attractions that you wished to visit are closed, so be sure to check out Porto’s national holidays before you book any museum admission tickets.
Without further ado, here are the main public holidays in Porto and Portugal.
Porto’s Public Holidays in Portugal
Porto’s National Holidays in January
- New Year’s Day: January 1st
Porto’s Public Holidays in March
- Carnival: March 1st
Carnival is celebrated on a Tuesday (actually it is called Fat Tuesday). You’ve probably heard of the famous Brazilian Carnival, celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, which is the most famous festival in South America – and maybe even the world! But did you know that Carnival was actually introduced into Brazil by the Portuguese? Carnival is not an official public holiday in Portugal, but many people take the day off to spend time with their families.
Porto’s Public Holidays in April
- Good Friday in Portugal: April 15th
- Easter Sunday: April 17th
If you’d like to know what are the Easter Traditions in Porto, read our Easter Porto Guide.
- Freedom Day: April 25th
Every year on April 25th, we remember the non-violent rebellion that ended a 50-year long dictatorship and brought democracy and civil liberties to the Portuguese people. Instead of using their guns, the Portuguese military placed carnation flowers down the barrels and marched proudly. It is a very important date in the Portuguese calendars.
Porto’s Public Holidays in May
- International Worker’s Day: May 1st
It celebrates the achievements of the labour movement.
Porto’s Public Holidays in June
- Portugal Day: June 10th
Celebrated every year on June 10th in every corner of the Portuguese-speaking world. Officially known as “Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities”, June 10th commemorates the death of the Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580.
- Corpus Christi: June 16th
- Saint John’s Day: June 24th
June is the month where people in Portugal celebrate the patron saints of their cities. The saint differs from city to city: Porto celebrates Saint John (Festas de São João). Looking to learn more about Saint John’s Day? Read on for an authentic “festas de São João” experience.
Porto’s Public Holidays in August
- Assumption of Mary: August 15th (Sunday)
Porto’s Public Holidays in October
- Republic Day: October 5th
Commemorates the fall of the monarchy and its replacement by the First Republic in Portugal in 1910.
Porto’s Public Holidays in November
- All Saints Day: November 1st
Porto’s Public Holidays in December
- Restoration of Independence Day: December 1st
Remembers the day in 1640 when Portugal revolted against Spanish rule and regained its independence.
- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: December 8th
- Christmas Day: December 25th
If you are planning a visit to Porto during your Christmas holiday, we gathered 9 foodie tips to help you catch the Christmas spirit while staying in our beloved city.
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Taste Porto Foodie Team