Travel Guide Europe Portugal Fatima



In 1917, with the world in war (Portuguese included), three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, near Ourém, announced the vision of splendorous lady, announcing peace and advising prayer. A small chapel was built in place in honor of Our Lady of Fátima, and after several years of investigation, the Vatican confirmed the apparition, several times repeated from May to October. A village was born around it, and the increasing pilgrimage made it grow, to the medium city that it is today. The space around the chapel was enlarged, a sanctuary was built, and recently another big and modern church was added in the opposite side. With about six million visitors each year, Fatima became one of the top touristy destinations in Portugal. Apart its religious importance there's not much to see and do in Fatima, but around the city there are several other touristy attractions that justify enlarging the stay.



Sights and Activities

The sanctuary

With free access during regular hours, the visit may be conditioned by religious services, however, it is always possible to have a general look

Basílica da Santíssima Trindade

Opposing the former sanctuary, this huge church was built from 1973 to 2007, with the participation of famous architects and artists.

Wax museum

Collecting the best of the many exquisite offers carried for decades by the believers, this museum is a surprising demonstration of sensibility and devotion.

Vida de Cristo museum

The same support (wax) but a different theme: Christ's life.

Interactive museum "O Milagre de Fátima"

Guided visit to the recreation of the miracle, with an independent ending.



Events and Festivals

Fatima Pilgrimage

None of the monthly pilgrimages to Portugal’s Our Lady of Fatima sanctuary is larger than the ones which take place on the anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s appearance at this sacred shine. Between the evenings of May 11 and May 13, thousands of faithfuls attend mass in many languages, Stations of the Cross and candlelit processions where spectators wave white handkerchiefs during their farewells to the mother of Jesus.





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Keep Connected


Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.

There are three mobile telephone operators in Portugal: TMN, NOS and Vodafone.

Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.


CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.


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