One of the popular day trip destinations from the Portuguese capital, is the religious spot of Fatima. This place attracts millions of tourists (5 to 8 million) every year most of which are very religious. However, this place is a spiritual destination with monumental beauty. So, non-religious tourists also may prefer to pay Fatima a visit.
The place is actually an old city, but it became a religious hotspot later and now it is mostly known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. It is a catholic sanctuary, and it is currently the world’s third biggest catholic church.
Transportation to Fatima
Fatima is not very far from Lisbon. However, getting there is a little bit tricky. It is a 1 hour 15 minute drive from the capital by car. In Porto direction, Highway A1 leads to Fatima. Therefore, renting a car for a day trip is a sensible option. It is mainly because public transportation to this area is very restricted. The closest train station to Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima is almost 30 km away and there are no alternatives in-between. Going the remaining distance with a taxi might end up costing too much time and money.
Another good option for getting there is the day tours from Lisbon which include transportation and a private guide who speaks English. There are many alternative tours and trips including Fatima, some offering very good deals.
Top Attractions of Fatima
There are many spots to be seen within Fatima. Here is a list of the most popular ones:
- Basilica of Fatima
- Holy Trinity Church
- Chapel of the Apparitions
- Lighting candles
- Fatima Museum
- Via Sacra
- Berlin Wall
- Little Children’s Houses
The Story of Fatima
According to the story, in 1917, three kids in Fatima saw Virgin Mary. Understandably, this event bred suspicion initially. However, according to the kids’ story, Virgin Mary told them that she would appear to them on the 13th day of every month for the next 6 months. Although everyone was suspicious at first, thousands gathered at the scene while the months pass by.
Three Secrets of Fatima
The story also created a world-wide thrill and the supposed three secrets that were shared with the kids by Virgin Mary became the central topic. The first one of these secrets showed a vision of hell, the second one predicted the World War II, and the third one remained a secret until 2000. Later, it was revealed that this one was about the Christian persecutions of 20th century.