Holidays in Lisbon

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Holidays in Lisbon

As the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon follows the public holidays in the country. Many of these holidays coincide with religious festivities throughout the year. However, Lisbon has no national holidays for the three popular saints – St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. Instead, the celebrations are combined into one huge weeklong party.

On every holiday in Lisbon, banks, offices and government departments are closed for the day. Small shops and businesses often close their doors as well, but malls, supermarkets, and other bigger shops remain open but with early closing times. As for public transportation, expect reduced bus routes, a decrease in number of taxis, and earlier closing time for trams and the Metro. To be sure, always get in touch with your local host and they will let you know the best routes and tips to enjoy the holidays in Lisbon.

Many of Lisbon’s holidays begin with processions, followed by a mass, and ends with city-wide parties, but they don’t cause that much problem to the regular tourist, since all programs are scheduled weeks before. The only holiday that shuts the whole city down is Mardi Gras, but both locals and tourists alike flock to the center of Lisbon to witness the floats, vibrant costumes, and lively music, even participating with their own masks throughout the day.

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National Holidays in Lisbon

  • January – Lisbon’s annual holiday calendar begins with a bang for New Year’s Day. While the city is generally quiet during the first day of the year, The Barrio Alto streets, for instance, are more lively than usual during NYE.
  • February – Lisboetas take a day off from school or work on Mardi Gras or the last day of Carnival. The city does not have carnival celebrations but parades are held at Alfama, Castelo and Mouraria neighborhoods. Lisbon only had its first carnival on February 17, 2015. Another carnival you might like to check out is at Torres Vedras, about 50km awar from the city centre.
  • March – As a city with over 90% of its people born into Catholic faith, Lisbon observes Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Unlike other countries, Easter isn’t just about bunnies and egg-hunts. Lisboetas follow age-old traditions, eating folar (sweet bread) and codfish instead of meat during Good Friday, and roast lamb for Easter Sunday.
  • April – Liberation Day, a day in honor of Lisbon’s 1974 revolution, takes place on April 25.
  • May – Every 1st of May, Lisbon celebrates Labour Day (Dia do Trabalhador), wherein labor and communist marches. On May 22, Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus) is observed with processions and a mass.
  • June – The month of June is always filled with festivals, so expect a very vibrant city if you visit sometime this month. Lisbon celebrates National Day on June 10th with the rest of Portugal cities all throughout the country. Lisbon then begins its month-long festivities starting with St. Anthony Day on June 13.
  • August – The Fest of the Assumption, held August 15, is another religious holiday. Many locals spend their time off from work or school with a beach day-out.
  • October – On October 5, the entire Portugal remembers the founding of the Republic in 1910.
  • November – Nothing much happens during All Saints Day (Festa de Todossos Santos) on November 1st, but locals use this holiday to rest after spending the night at cemeteries, or after a night-long drinking and mingling at the Lisbon party districts.
  • December – The Restoration Day, held on the 1st of December, celebrates the restoration of the Portuguese royal family in 1640. Another important religious holiday is held on December 8 – the Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição). On Christmas Day (December 25), many shops and public transportation are closed for the day.

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Lisbon's Kickstart Tour with a Local

My wife & I really enjoyed an extremely interesting walking tour of Lisbon with Ana, who has such a knowledge of local history an indeed the locations of all lifts!! Ana has perfect English and a lovely relaxed storytelling style. Will definitely meet up again when we return to Lisbon and we thoroughly recommend Ana as a tour guide, you won’t be disappointed.

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Lisbon's Kickstart Tour with a Local

Lucia was great from the very beginning of our tour. She was very friendly from the moment we met and took us through the beautiful city of Lisbon as if she was a friend.
She was very well informed in several subjects and made very interesting conversation with us. She gave us the historical background as well as interesting facts about the buildings and people and was happy to answer all our questions.
At the end of our tour we told her we were a little hungry and would like to have some lunch, and she took us to this very local, nice tasca with authentic food and very friendly service. She gave us suggestions on what was best to eat there, and my boyfriend and me were amazed with the food because we loved every single thing she picked for us. We asked her how to get to some places we were interested in and she told us how to get there and even drew a map for us so we could get around easily.
For our first time in this wonderful city, we had a great and fun experience with Lucia, I recommend her 100%!

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Lisbon's Golden Hour: Wine, Sunset & Rooftop

We arrived Friday @noon to explore Lisbon - and especially Bairro Alto - for the weekend. As we were not familiar with the surrounding we thought it'd be a good idea start - after a good burger at "A Cultura do Hamburger" - with a city trip to discover our neighbourhood. But as we were 6 guys looking for a party weekend we didn't want to get on a normal tour.
That's why I was searching the net and luckily found Anne's service: not only visiting the monuments around our place but also get local insides of where to go at night and having some nice wine tasting and a great sundown with a drink on a rooftop overlooking Lisbon during dusk.
We can just highly recommend booking Anne to show you around her favourite city (même en français)!