Our lady of Fatima Portugal | A spiritual journey with 3 exclusive restaurant tips

Fatima, a small city in the middle of Portugal, has become world-famous as a center of spirituality and pilgrimage. Believers from around the world visit Fatima, a sacred place with profound spiritual significance. Below, you will find all the information about Fatima that you need!

History of Fatima Accommodations in Fatima

Pilgrimage Site

Top 3 restaurants in Fatima

A Place of Reflection and Faith

Events and Celebrations in Fatima



The History of Fatima

The history of Fatima is closely linked to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The apparitions began on May 13, 1917, and continued until October of that year. Mary appeared to the children, sharing important messages and prophecies with them.

One of the most well-known predictions was the revelation of three parts of a vision shown to the children. These secrets later became known as the Secrets of Fatima, sparking much curiosity. The third secret, revealed in 2000, included the persecution of Christians and the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

Informatie over Fatima

Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima

Pilgrimage Site and Fatima sanctuary 

Since the apparitions, Fatima has grown into one of the most significant Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit Fatima to confess their faith, pray, and explore the places connected to the apparitions. The most notable feature of Fatima is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, consisting of the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima Portugal and the Chapel of the Apparitions.

The Chapel of the Apparitions stands on the exact spot where Mary appeared to the children. Pilgrims gather here to pray, light candles, and present their intentions to the Virgin Mary. The Fatima Sanctuary also hosts the annual celebration of the apparitions on May 13 and October 13, drawing thousands of believers.

A Place of Reflection and Faith

Fatima offers not only a spiritual experience for believers but also a place of reflection and inner peace. The serene environment, with its green hills and peaceful atmosphere, invites visitors to contemplate their faith and spirituality. Whether you are Catholic or not, Fatima has a unique allure that attracts people from all backgrounds.

Fatima things to do

If you travel to Fatima, you can also savor the local cuisine, with delicious Portuguese dishes such as bacalhau (salted cod), pastéis de nata (custard tarts), and traditional Portuguese wines. Local markets also offer souvenirs and religious items to take home.


In addition to the attractions described above, such as the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica, you will find more to do and see in Fatima. There are various museums, including the Museum of Sacred Art and Ethnology, the Wax Museum, and the Fatima 1917 Museum. Opposite the basilica, you will find a modernly constructed church: the Church of the Holy Trinity – Lesser Basilica.

Accommodation in Fatima

There are various places around Fatima where you can stay: hotels, campgrounds, or apartments. Quinta da Cerejeira is located a 40-minute drive from Fatima. Choose from our luxuriously furnished studio or apartment. Alternatively, stay with a tent or caravan at our mini-campsite!

Top 3 restaurants in Fatima

In Fatima, you will find numerous small restaurants nestled among the shops filled with religious items. Typically, the Portuguese have lunch between 13:00 and 15:00 and dine between 20:00 and 22:00. Here are 3 tips:

  1. Restaurante A Cabana: A typical Portuguese restaurant where you can eat at a reasonable price.
  2. Restaurante A Tasquinha: A traditional Portuguese restaurant with slightly higher prices, but the advantage is that you can also choose a half portion.
  3. Tia Alice: This restaurant has been around since 1988, and the owner still cooks. It even has a mention on the Michelin site.

Events and Celebrations in Fatima

Visiting Fatima is a must during your vacation in Portugal! On the Fatima website, you will find an events calendar listing celebrations, events, and festivals. Particularly on May 12 & 13 and October 12 & 13, important processions take place. Plan your trip to Fatima carefully, as it can be very busy on these days.