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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
This is probably one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in this price range in Europe. The hotel is...more
I went on pilgrimmage to Fatima in 2004 with a friend. Just by chance we chose to stay at the Domus...more
Rua Jacinta Marto 100, Fatima, Estremadura, 2495, Portugal
Good for: Couples
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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!more
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...more
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 :)
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.
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...more
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...more