Private Catholic Heritage Guided Day Trip to Fátima
Immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of the shrine of Europe in Fátima
With its origins deep in history, it was during the Arab occupation that this settlement developed and was named. According to legend, during the Christian Reconquest, the Templar knight Gonçalo Hermingues, also known as Bringer-of-Moors, fell in love with Fátima, a Moor captured during an ambush. Reciprocating the love, the young woman converted to Christianity and adopted the name Oureana.
The first apparition took place in 1917, in Cova da Iria, at the site of the current Sanctuary. The most important celebrations are held on 13th May (including the Candlelit Procession on the night of the 12th and the Farewell Procession closing the event on the 13th) and 13th October. Furthermore, the 13th of every month between these two dates is also a day of devotion.