Public Holidays

  • Most holidays in the southern European countries are based on the Christian calendar.
  • In Turkey, the month-long holiday of Ramazan (Ramadan) is celebrated. Its exact timing depends on lunar events.
  • August is the peak holiday period for Mediterranean dwellers.
  • The major school holidays run from July to September, and many businesses simply shut up shop for much of August. Schools also pause for breaks over Easter and Christmas.
  • For details of the school calendar, check out, which lists holiday dates for many European countries.