The city of Fátima, located in central Portugal, surrounded by the landscapes of the Serras de Aire and Candeeiros, is known as an important religious center for the Catholic world, attracting around 7 million visitors each year.
Pilgrims and curious people make this one of the greatest centers of pilgrimage and prayer for people coming from all over the globe.
The Shrine was built on the site of Mary’s apparitions to the three little shepherds Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta (while they were feeding their sheep in the place of the Cova da Iria).
The last apparition in 1917 brought together about 70,000 people who gathered to watch: “As people prayed, Our Lady of Fatima appeared and the” Miracle of the Sun “happened: the heavy rain that had fallen until then stopped and the Sun appeared to appear spinning like a fireball. “
In the region of one of the world-wide altars of the Marian cult, you will also find dishes typical of Portuguese cuisine, such as the famous Leitão da Bairrada, crumbs with cabbages, beans with pumpkin, peas, stewed lamb, and sausages that deserve prominent in the Portuguese tables, such as slim chorizo, blood sausage, white farinheira, blood sausage and black pudding of rice, watered by the medieval wine of Ourém. In the sweets, highlight the sweet quince, donut, cookies of the Saints, sweet snacks and cake bow.
Souvenir shops are part of the mystical environment of Fatima, here you will find all kinds of sacred art articles and various amulets or handicrafts, finding various and personalized solutions.