Fátima Travel Guide

  • Fatima, Portugal
    Fatima, Portugal
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Fátima Things to Do

  • New cathedral

    After many millions and some polemic, the new cathedral is already working. Standing face to the other, it was decided to low it in the ground to preserve the image of the whole place. I didn't enter it yet, I don't know the advantages of a double cathedral, but I may confirm that the general look was not spoilt.

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  • Explore the story behind Fatima & the "3...

    This sanctuary can easily be reached by tourists from Lisbon, and many go here having heard the story of the three children who witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary on May 13, 1917. Fatima was then just a town dependent on producing olive oil and the children said that the Virgin Mary "appeared in a flash of light" in a field called the Cova...

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  • For religious: Attend mass at Fatima

    Thousands of people visit this wonderful center of faith, and we were so lucky to be able to go to it and even have mass and communion at the chapel right in the center of the grounds of Fatima. The mass was in Portuguese though and the ceremony was very quick, maybe just about 20 minutes or so. The Basilica is where the tombstones of Lucia,...

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  • Pray - if you're a believer

    Fátima has a wide reputation of miracles, thus becoming the meeting point of millions of visitors each year. A long walkway in marble is always full of people "paying" promises they made to the Virge, in any dramatic situation, whose good end they believe was due to the holly help. Halfway to the basilica, a smaller chapel signals the location of...

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  • Tourism

    Though, in my opinion, the only touristic attraction to non-believers is... people and the strength of their faith, Fatima is always crowded with tourists. If you decide to be one more... OK. You just have to respect the pilgrims, and make the merchants's happiness. But remember, nearby, you have some priorities that would make you feel sad if you...

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  • Souvenirs, souvenirs, souvenirs

    Everything... Everything! We sell everything! All kinds of crafts from wax to jewellery, statues, toys, clothes, paintings, and all you can imagine, are available around the hotels, hostels, restaurants, stalls, shops that ARE Fatima. It's easy to find some "portuguese" krafts made in China, and if you search a little more, there's also Taiwan,...

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Fátima Restaurants

  • Great Portuguese food

    The food was wonderful, I had the tourist menu. The staff was nice too. Highly recommended! See the picture of the cod with shrimp sauce. The Caldo Verde soup was fabulous too.

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  • My Shame

    Everybody! Yes.. it's really everybody! Everybody tells me that this is one of the best restaurants in Portugal. I live 50 km away, and... (do you believe it?) never managed to go there. Fernanda's day off is on Monday (it's closed on Sunday for dinner and all Monday) and when we get some extra time, we try to go further, so... it is too close, and...

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  • EXCELLENT WONDERFUL FOOD

    I can only recommend to eat at A Tasquinha in Fatima. The food is excellent and typic. They serve 3 meals a day for 8 Euro (including soup). Wine costs 3 Euro for half a litre. You can equally choose from their card. The waiters are so friendly and help you to find YOUR meal for today. One speaks excellent French and also English. So no...

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Fátima Nightlife

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    by Davelyn Written May 19, 2006

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    Fatima is much different then your usual place of stay. The history behind Fatima should be enough to explain why.

    Dress Code: Dress in all of Europe is Dinner; Casual to Dress and Shirt and tie. No short sleeve dresses of tank tops allowed. Shorts are a NO, NO. Tea Shirts or Muscle Shirts are not allowed.

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Fátima Transportation

  • Beggars belief

    The more I think about the place the more I laugh at how people can make money out of three young children seeing the virign Mary over 80 years ago. This train will take you on a trip around Fatima (not that there is much else to see.)

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  • Take The Bus

    If you are arriving into Lisbon by Air, you can take a bus from the Airport Bus Stop, located just outside of the Terminal approx. 100 Ft. Ask at information and they will direct you. The Bus Transportation is the best and quickest way to Fatima, besides taking a Taxi which would cost about E80. Bus is approx. (2005 price) E16. The buses are...

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  • Transport from Fatima to Fatima Train...

    The Fatima train station is about 25 km away from the town (Fatima). There are buses that connect the two or taxis. The buses are not very regular so you need to coordinate your train with the bus schedule or pay he taxi which is about 16 Euros.

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Fátima Shopping

  • Buy souvenirs for your religious friends

    This is a shop full of religious souvenirs which run the gamut from respectful to tacky. However, if you have any friends who are serious Catholics, they will appreciate a small gift from Fatima.

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  • One of the Best Buys

    In Fatima, the best place to buy is coming from Valinhos to Aljustrel when you are finished with the Ways of the Cross. Here you see many little shops and home displaying there wears of fine linen, tapestry, embroidery, and clothes and gift of many things. You can compare from one place to another, and haggle with the properietor for the best...

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  • Souvenir Shopping!

    A typical shop in Fatima selling 'Remembraçao de Fatima' i.e. souvenirs from Fatima. It consists mostly of images of the Virgin Mother Mary who is highly revered in this place.

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Fátima Local Customs

  • Promises

    It's common in Portugal when facing dramatic situations (disease, trouble in a birth of a child, even scholar examinations) to make a promise, most of them to "Nª Srª de Fátima". And those promises generally include walking to Fatima on foot (sometimes hundreds of kilometers) or crossing the sanctuary kneeling. To soften those pilgrims suffering a...

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  • The 13th of the month

    The 13th days of the months of May through October are Fatima's busiest days. Those were the days when the shepherd children had their visions of VIrgin Mary in 1917, and pilgrims still come to Fatima on those days every year.

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  • Sinners

    People come to Fatima from all over the world, but especially from Portugal to pay for their sins. They do this by walking across the square on their knees. The distance between one end of the square and the other end is enormous, twice as big as the Vatican Square. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes (or knees). Ultimately this is what Fatima is...

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Fátima Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch you Purse and Pocket

    The people in Fatima are trustworthy and sometime go out of their way to help. It's the unknown traveller that may be next to you in the Bus or Terminal that you have to become aware of. In Fatima itself, I have always felt safe in knowing that my things in my room are safe. I have been ther many time and have yet to have bad vibes. Lisbon and...

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  • behave yourself!

    before entering the sanctuary precynt you'll see this sign with the rules of conduct: don't shout, don't wear skimpy clothes, don't play musical instruments, don't rude your bicycle, don't use your mobile phone, don't play football, don't listen to the radio, don't smoke, don't beg for money.. and, well - pay attention to pickpockets and to your...

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  • Peace of mind

    If you want some spiritual peace try to avoid the most important dates such as May 13 or October 13 'coze in such dates there are thousands and thousands of pilgrims.

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Fátima Tourist Traps

  • gift shops in fatima

    all the gift shops in fatima, unfortunately, take away from the beautiful religious experience of fatima. the shops sell tons of cheezy stuff, most i am sure made in china. some even sold soccer jerseys. pick out a souvenier made in europe at least! just don't spend too much time there, so it doesn't bring you down.

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  • Religious tat!

    Don't get me wrong I am a Catholic and firmly believe in my faith but all the shops and stalls in Fatima were full of tacky goods. Plastic cheap looking rosary beads and cheap plastic crucifixes. How low can this place get? I can give thanks to God without needing to buy any of this!

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  • souvenirs... tacky souvenirs...

    under this portico right before entering the sanctuary of fatima, but also all over town, you'll find hundreds of shops selling very tacky plastic souvenirs - which i would bet are made in some Asian countries, maybe also by children. My suggestion is not to buy them (when you see them, you'll know why!) Well, if you need to make an ex-voto, then...

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Fátima What to Pack

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    by lisaincanada Written Jun 23, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable walking shoes, you will be standing for quite a while especially if you are in line for the Fatima

    Photo Equipment: Film!bring lots and lots, it wasn't cheap there! our video camera died(figures!) so we didn't think we would need camara film..wrong! took us forever to find a store that carried the drop in film for our camera and when we did Ouch it wasn't cheap!

    Miscellaneous: lots and lots of tacky little stores around selling religious paraphernalia, but this is the place to find that special something to bring back home for souveniers..I bought my mom a wall/tile plaque of Mary, can't remember exactly how much it cost but it wasn't too expensive :)

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Fátima Off The Beaten Path

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    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Most people walk to Fatima from long distance. It's, indeed, Fatima's strongest tradition - to walk there. In the access from Batalha (and maybe others,

    I never checked it!) about ten kilometers before arriving you may notice some a cross in marble, that repeats regularly until Fatima.

    They intend to mark the stations of a Via Sacra, maybe to ease the last kilometers with the distraction of praying and the enthusiasm of successively conquered stages. The last (I think!) cross, already in Fatima, is accessible to all the tourists, thus deserving a little enrichment.

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Fátima Favorites

  • Busy days in Fatima, Going There

    Because the 3 children saw the apparition on May 13, 1917, MAY is a busy month in Fatima. And there are also several pilgrimages during the 12th and 13th days of every month (the children witnessed the apparition every 13th of each month from May to October). GETTING THEREMy sister and I just took an organized afternoon bus tour (with guide) from...

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  • Pilgrims.

    Fatima is a place that attracts millions of pilgrims every year and you will see many of them if you go to Fatima.Some are more extreme than others and there are pilgrims who insist on crawling on their knees to the place of warship.The catholic church of Portugal is actually against that but accept that some people do it and they have build a...

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  • Children's House

    If you want to visit the Children's House you have to go to the information centre first and ask for a map because it is not easy to get there. It takes about 40 Minutes to get there from the tourist office. The are no signs and you can easely get lost.

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