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Opening hours in Portugal are similar to those in the rest of Europe. The visitor has access to all normal services at any time of the day and on all days of the week - not only in Lisboa, but also in the rest of the country. Click to know more about the Official time.


Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 15:00
Closed on Saturdays and official holidays.

Post Offices

Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Central post offices and those at airports are open on Saturdays.


Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00


Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Fridays, from 9h or 10h to 19h. Some close for lunch from 13h to 15h.
Shops tend to stay open on Saturday afternoons and sometimes even on Sundays in December for Christmas shopping.

There are plenty of shopping centres inside and outside the cities that are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. They generally have stores with the main international brands.

However, traditional shops with Portuguese products can be found particularly in the streets of the older neighbourhoods of towns and cities.


For lunch from 12:00 to 15:00 and for dinner from 19:00 to 23:00 (later on Fridays and Saturdays).

National Museums

Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00
Tuesdays: 14:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; 1 May and 25 December.

National Palaces

Closed on Wednesdays.

Official Time in Portugal

During winter time, from 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in October to 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in March, the official time in mainland Portugal and Madeira is the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).
The rest of the year (between 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in March and 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in October), summer time is in effect and the official time in mainland Portugal and Madeira is Universal Time Coordinated plus one hour.
In the Azores, the time is one hour earlier than in the rest of Portugal and therefore one hour earlier than the Universal Time Coordinated during winter time and two hours earlier during summer time.

If you want to know what time is it currently in Continental Portugal, look on the right side of the blue bar on the top (right after the header picture).
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The biggest Christmas Tree of Europe - Lisbon
Augusta Street - traditional shops in Lisbon
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