What are the Fátima Walking Routes

Network of religious and cultural itineraries that depart from different locations and end at the Sanctuary of Fátima, Developed by Centro Nacional de Cultura, in partnership with multiple institutions and in connection with the Sanctuary of Fátima, they  create safe and pleasant conditions for pilgrims and hikers on their way to the Sanctuary of Fátima, avoiding hight traffic roads in favor of dirt tracks and quiet rural roads. They provide a true spirituality, in communion with nature and religious and cultural experiences.

There are printed guides (small books) edited in several languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish).

New Routes are in preparation:

  • The Sea Route (between Cascais/Estoril and Fátima);
  • The Beira Route (in the heart of Portugal, Beira interior area);
  • The South Route (in Alentejo).

Planning and Orientation

To walk through the Fatima Walking Routes with the itineraries we suggest you must prepare, taking into account the general conditions of each of the Paths throughout the course and the specific conditions of each journey or step (one day walk). You can also adjust the recommended time for each Path and extend it according to your conditions, availability and interests. 

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The existing signage in the territory where the Routes are designed includes the symbols of the mark translated in the respective image with graphic representation and color. However, until the completion of the extensive signaling process of all the Fátima Walking Routes in Portuguese territory, you can find simpler signs, including blue arrows. It is essential to use the cartography on the Route you want to do. It is an essential tool along the way.

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Walking

The best weather conditions are during spring, summer, and autumn. In summer, you can expect a few hot days, but you can also adjust your schedule to enjoy walking early in the morning. The journeys we propose are adequate. But you can set up longer or shorter journeys, according to your interests and availabilities.

Along these routes, especially in villages and cities, pilgrims and hikers find places for water and food. There are hostels and other accommodation. But we recommend that you get information in advance. 

Brand and Credential

These pilgrimage itineraries are identified by the Fátima Walking Routes brand, which incorporates symbolic elements: a holm oak, a place of appearance of the virgin to the little shepherds, a characteristic tree of Fatima landscape and a botanical species protected in Portugal (quercus ilex); blue color, symbol of the blue sky and the atmospheric ambience that is experienced directly in the Sanctuary and the surrounding space. The trademark is owned by the Centro Nacional de Cultura and its use requires authorization.

Credential: here is no official stamp. Pilgrims can collect stamps of entities that develop their activity in the territory of each route (hostels, restaurants, tourist offices, libraries, museums, municipalities, etc.).

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