We spent a wonderful and very special day in Fátima, visiting and walking around filled with an indescribable peace of spirit.
To get there, we took the “Expressos Bus” from Lisbon, which is a pleasant and quick trip, just one and a half hour’s drive.
The town itself is not beautiful: it is full of guest houses, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops for the many pilgrims.
We were glad to attend the Mass that was held at the sanctuary.
Santuário de Fátima (Fátima Shrine)
Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Our Lady of Fatima)
The inexhaustible water fountain, where you can drink fresh and excellent water
Whatever your beliefs, you cannot help but be impressed by such religious fervour, the faith that every year leads more than six million people to this holy place where, on 13 May 1917, in Cova da Iria (Irene's Cove), the Virgin Mary first appeared to three peasant children, Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco.
The Portuguese are a very devout Catholic people and a trip here will provide you with insights into Portugal’s religious culture. The key dates for the pilgrimage are May 13 and October 13.
I really hope you enjoyed this post about Fátima.