• Location: Algarve, Portugal
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Visit the Sanctuary of Fátima on a full-day trip from the Algarve that includes pickup and drop-off at Monte Gordo or Praia da Luz. Visit the four locations where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to three shepherd children, see their home village, and attend mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions.

Highlights

  • 13-hour trip to the Sanctuary of Fátima
  • Visit the Moeda Caves
  • See the four apparition sites
  • Attend mass in the Chapel of Apparitions
  • Travel by coach
  • Pickup and drop-off in Praia da Luz and Monte Gordo

What You Can Expect

Make your way to the pickup point in Monte Gordo or Praia da Luz for 6am departure to Fátima, and begin he drive towards Fátima in a comfortable coach. The first stop of the day is at the Moeda Caves, a series of limestone caverns that were discovered by hunters in 1971.

See the formations inside the caves, some of which are named for Biblical scenes and figures, including Nativity Scene, Shepherd, and Virgin. Following your visit in the Moeda Caves, continue to the Sanctuary of Fátima, which is a pilgrimage point for Catholics from around the world.

Learn the story of the three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinta, and Lúcia—who reported sightings of the Virgin Mary, who shared what would become known as the “Three Secrets of Fátima.” You’ll have the chance to attend a mass in the Chapel of the Apparitions, which was built on the site where the children reported their experience. Following the mass, begin the return trip to the Algarve, where this tour concludes with drop-off at the original departure point.

Customer Reviews

Anne Margaret T United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended April 2017

The trip to Fatima was a pleasant day out. The guide, Dominique, was kind and informative. The shrine itself was lovely, and the town of Fatima was a nice, relaxing place. I enjoyed the trip.

However, it was not as described in the itinerary. There was no stop at the Moeda caves. They were never mentioned during the entire trip. So we never saw any caves, stalagtites, stalagmites, or underground waterfall.

We did go to a factory shop which sold religious tourist trinkets. That was OK, and it was quite nice to get souvenirs. The shrine in Fatima itself was spectacular. We were lucky in that it was relatively quiet, so we were able to wander as we pleased. There was time to get lunch and wander around the town before we went to the village where the three childred lived. We were able to visit the two houses and also meet some surviving relatives of the children.

All in all, it was a pleasant day out, and our guide was helpful, but you should take out the bit about the caves because we never went there.

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