I currently work in Portugal, and in this country, every full-time employee has 22 paid vacation days by law. The labor laws on this country also state that, of those 22 days, at least 10 of them must be consecutive work days (weekends, holidays, etc, don't count). Is it like this in other countries? Do other countries labor legislation also enforce employees to spend at least 10 consecutive work days of their paid vacations?
The law you cite (Article 241.8) appears to be a requirement on the employer that the employee be allowed at least 10 consecutive work days if desired.
As mentioned in the comments to your question:
- There are employers who for various reasons implement mandatory vacation policies that require some vacation to be taken every year, and in some minimum consecutive unit.
- There are countries that require employers to give employees reasonable accommodations to take vacation, e.g., by requiring a consecutive period if requested.
It looks like that law is saying the latter, but it's possible your employer has added the former.