Fátima

Virgem de Fátima Sanctuary

Fátima is a city in Portugal, in the district of Médio Tejo, in Central Portugal.

Understand

Fátima is a place of pilgrimage for many Catholics in commemoration of the apparition of the Virgin to three young shepherds in Cova da Iria. On the 13th of every month (and more so on 13 May and 13 October), thousands of people will make their way to Fátima.


Get in

There are buses to and from Lisbon every hour between approximately 7am-7:30pm from Lisbon's central bus station. A round trip costs 24Euros and takes 90 minutes each way. From Fatima bus station, it is a short walk (less than half mile) along the streets with shops and hotels to the Sanctuary.

Do not go to Fatima train station; the name misleads you because it is not in Fatima.

Get around

It is a short walk (less than half mile) from Fatima's bus station to the church and the shrine.

See

The house where Francisco and Jacinta lived is also nearby.

Do

Visit the Cova da Iria/Basilica (Sanctuary). For the Catholics visiting Fatima as a pilgrimage, there are several masses daily at the Basilica or at the Chapel of Apparitions.

Do a tour to the places surrounding the Sanctuary or even to the Medieval Castle of Ourem, where you can drink a special morello cherry liqueur called "Ginjinha". There are great things to do and visit in this region and near Fatima.

Buy

The street between the bus station and the church are lined with shops that sell church-related items (rosaries, statues of Virgin Mary, etc). The Basilica itself has a shop as well. Some items of note are rosaries with little bit of earth of Fatima (2,00-3,50 euros). With several masses each day at the Basilica and at the Chapel, there shouldn't be a problem finding a priest to bless the rosaries after you purchase them.

Sleep

Fatima is city of hotels and guesthouses, so it's not difficult to find a place to sleep. Budget accommodation with breakfast starts at € 30 for two beds room. If you want to book in advance via hotel booking web sites, the time for best prices is approximately one to two weeks before your stay.

Go next

Leiria (castle), grutas/Porto de Moz, Batalha (Monastery), and Tomar (castle, convent).

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