Fatima is a town and Parish located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon near the large town of Leira.
You can fly into Porto or Lisbon with Ryanair from many parts of UK and Ireland. By coach it’s an hour and a half journey from Lisbon with frequent departures and costs only approx €9.00 each way with Rede Express www.rede-expressos.pt but in Portuguese only. Seats should be booked in advance.The train station called Fatima is miles from town . So going by train is not much of an option.
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District.
Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima’s Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Fatima’s fame is due to the vision of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several visions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people known in the catholic world as “the day the sun danced”. Fátima also gained fame due to elements of secrets, prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to World War II and possibly more World Wars in the future.
Fatima now attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, particularly on the pilgrimage days in May and October. The large torch-light processions in the evening are particularly impressive, often lead by Cardinals and Bishops. The pilgrims gather in Cova de Iria an enormous plaza where a little chapel was built and where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to the children. Around the plaza are a considerable number of shops and stalls selling various religious articles. On the far side of the plaza rises the great Basilica, built in the in neo-classical style, with a central tower, the construction of which begun in the early 1920’s.
It is bordered by row of pillars linking it with the wide convent and hospital buildings. In the basilica are the tombs of two of the three visionaries, siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who died in 1919 and 1920 respectively, and were beatified in 1970. The third seer, Lucia dos Santos, died in 2005.
Where accommodation is concerned your best option is to stay in Lisbon. Apart from the Shine Fatima is saturated with shops selling cheap religious items that are made in China. Where as Lisbon is a wonderful city older than London.
Accommodation can be provided in convenient location self-catering apartments at reasonable prices. Let your host know beforehand that you intend travelling to Fatima and they will provide you with all the necessary information. Or give the customer care team at www.goholidaylets.com and we will assist with information.
We have a cosy self-catering apartment located in the heart of the Alfama neighborhood. An ideal place for a short stay while on a visit to Fatima.