Fátima in Portugal – Complete travel guide

A complete guide to plan your trip to the Sanctuary of Fátima, one of the biggest centers of pilgrimage. Write down the tips and enjoy a lot!

Fatima is a small town in central Portugal, which is 1h30 by car from Lisbon. The city is the place of pilgrimage for thousands of Catholics who visit the Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima Sanctuary and the Little Chapel of the Apparitions.

The site has become one of the largest centers of Marian pilgrimage in the world, since the first apparition of the Virgin Mary on May 13, 1917, when three children, the three shepherd children - Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta -, witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary and of the Angel of Portugal.



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Things to do in Fatima

The tourist/religious points are very close, so getting to know the city on foot is an option.

The Sanctuary of Fátima includes the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, the Prayer Area and the Basilica of the Santíssima Trindade and you can also visit the Casa dos Pastorinhos and the Wax Museum.

You can attend a mass or participate in the Candlelight Procession. See timetables here.

If you are leaving Lisbon by car, on the way to Fátima it is worth visiting Óbidos and also stop at Nazareth, to see the giant waves. That's if you're visiting in winter, because in summer it's a super quiet and family-friendly beach.



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Where to stay in Fatima – Our hotel recommendation

If you can, avoid the 12th of May and the 13th of May and October, when the city is crowded because of the anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary, in addition to the daily rates that are much higher.

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Fátima in Portugal – Complete travel guide

room of Hotel Santa Isabel in Fátima, great price – Click on the photo to know more

Fátima in Portugal – Complete travel guide

Hotel San Jose in Fátima, great location with breakfast – Click on the photo to find out more

Internet chip in Portugal

It is getting easier and cheaper to have unlimited internet throughout the trip to Fátima. Nowadays you can buy an international cell phone chip online while you're still here in España. We always use and love it!

You receive the sim card at your address and then just insert it into your cell phone to reach your destination with unlimited 4G internet working.


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Want to have unlimited internet throughout your trip?
Compare prices and buy your international travel chip in advance at America Chip, EasySim4U, My Chip ou Connected Travel.


Travel insurance for Portugal

Buying travel insurance for Portugal is required. All this because of Schengen Treaty, which requires the contracting of a Europe travel insurance with hospital medical coverage of at least 30 thousand euros.


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Fátima in Portugal – Complete travel guide

Sanctuary of Fátima

Car hire in Fatima

Renting a car to get to know Fátima is a great idea, the city is between Lisboa e Porto. So if you're going on a road trip through Portugal It is a great idea to get to know the cities on the way, such as Óbidos, Batalha and Nazaré.

In addition to optimizing your time a lot, you will be able to enjoy it more without having to depend on public transport.

We really like Rent Cars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!


We made a super complete post with tips for car rental in Portugal. We explain how toll collection works in the country, roads, necessary documentation and much more. It is worth checking!

Click here and get your car rental quote from Rent Cars and find the best prices.

Flights to Portugal

Looking for a good deal and flight prices? When buying tickets to Portugal, it is worth taking a look at the website Promo Tickets.

It is quite common to find cheaper and better flight options than on other sites. We always use and is it worth it?

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