Dedicate this day to your faith to the Virgin Mary. After a guided tour of the sanctuary, take your time to visit the sanctuary and light a candle.
What to Expect
On this tour, visit the houses of the three shepherds in Aljustrel, a little village close to Fátima. The huge mystical importance of the shrine is due to the belief in the Virgin’s apparition here to three children in 1917. Since then, great hordes of pilgrims have been making their way to Fátima, especially on 13 May, the date of the first apparition. Whether you are a believer or not, it is impossible to feel indifferent at this place of great spirituality.
At Nazaré, for lunch choose from some of the local specialties of fish and shellfish. To help your digestion, make your way up to the Sítio, the quarter perched on a cliff overlooking the town and offering a breathtaking panorama over both land and sea.
In Alcobaça, make sure to visit the Cistercian monastery with its famous tombs of Pedro and Inês and learn of its history, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, pass through Alfeizerão and try the famous local sponge cake.
Before returning to Lisbon, end with a relaxed stroll through the medieval streets of Óbidos and a taste of the famous Ginjinha, the locally made cherry brandy. Make sure to pass through Caldas da Rainha and discover the beautiful Parque das Termas and visit the Museu Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, with its amusing ceramic caricatures or the museum dedicated to the Portuguese painter José Malhoa.
If after the visit to the sanctuary you feel like visiting something else (and there is still time) explore some nice places in the region:
- visit the Gothic monastery of Batalha, king's pantheon
- have lunch in Nazaré, a fisherman village, where women are know for wearing seven skirts
- the medieval village of Óbidos with it's narrow and flower streets where you can taste the "Ginginha", a cherry liquor served in a small chocolate cup