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Caminho de Fatima

Discover the Way to Fatima

The Caminho de Fatima is a pilgrimage route from Lisbon to the Shrine of Fatima. This 142km route takes you from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon through the Lezíria plains to Santarém. This section of the route is shared with the Camino Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela. From Santarém the route splits from the Camino Portuguese to go to Fatima and from here you will be following exclusively the Blue Arrows that mark the Caminho de Fatima, passing through the Serra de Aire and Candeeiros Nature Park.

The Fatima Way originates from 1917 after the apparitions that occurred to three shepherd children at Fatima. Millions of pilgrims visit this shrine every year and to the Portuguese this is a scared place that many make yearly pilgrimages too. You can read more here about the Shrine of Fatima.

Trip Stats

142km

distance to walk

6

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Lisbon

Lisbon the charismatic and vibrant capital city of Portugal. Explore this hilly city by foot or tram and treat yourself to the first of many Pastel de Belém’s!

Santarém

Santarém was once home to the kings of Portugal during the middle ages. Wander the town to discover the history of Portugal and visit the tomb of Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil.

Fatima

The Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima is your final destination on the Caminho de Fatima. This Shrine was built upon the request of Our Lady during the apparitions that three shepherd children experienced in 1917. It is the largest Marian centre in the world and here where today stands the Chapel of the Apparitions that 5 of the apparitions took place.

Itinerary

Day 1

Lisbon
(Arrival)

Located on the banks of River Tejo, this is the westernmost capital city of Europe. With a mixture of historical interest and a seaside buzz you are sure to find something to your liking. Visitors can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower amongst other interesting architectural buildings and squares.

Day 2
26km

Lisbon
to
Santa Iria de Azoia

From Lisbon, the Caminho de Fatima follows the Camino de Santiago, all the way to Santarem. Leaving Lisbon is relatively easy as we follow the Tejo river via Parque das Nacoes. Following a farm track through a green valley it’s hard to believe you are only few miles away from the heart of Lisbon! The short first walking day soon brings us to Alpriate, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for the night in Santa Iria de Azoia.

Day 3
22km

Santa Iria de Azoia
to
Vila Franca de Xira

Leaving this suburb of Lisbon, we start the day with a gentle climb up to then walk down to Povoa de Santa Iria. The Camino then follows the Rio Tejo mostly along a flat and busy national road to the colorful and attractive town of Vila Franca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival.

Day 4
20km

Vila Franca de Xira
to
Azambuja

Leaving Vila Franca de Xira, the Camino continues parallel to the Tejo River and railway line before heading inland towards the pleasant town of Azambuja. This region is an area where bullfighting and horse breeding are a part of the daily life.

Day 5
32km

Azambuja
to
Santarém

This day brings us to the highest point of this section so far, at a mere 110 metres high, in Santarém. This is a very enjoyable walk as half of the day is spent through fruit groves, vineyards and crop fields.

Day 6
28km

Santarém
to
Amiais de Baixo

From today you will notice a change in the landscape, with more hills to traverse as you make your way towards the mountain of Serra de Minde. Your stop for the night is in the town of Amiais de Baixo.

An option to split the walk from Santarém to Fatima over three days with a stop over in Arneiro das Milhariças (22km) and Minde (21km leaving then just 15km walk to Fatima)

Day 7
30km

Amiais de Baixo
to
Fatima

Today is your final walk to the Shrine of Fatima. Although a few tough ups and downs to start with today the second half of the day is more gentle terrain. A final stretch on a quiet road passing by eucalyptus trees takes you to Fatima where you will get your first glimpse of the Shrine from here you have about 1km left to walk to the Shrine.

Day 8

Fatima

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you would like to continue to Santiago de Compostela get in touch with our Camino Planners to discuss your options for this.

Section 1

Lisbon
to
Santa Iria de Azoia

Located on the banks of River Tejo, this is the westernmost capital city of Europe. With a mixture of historical interest and a seaside buzz you are sure to find something to your liking. Visitors can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower amongst other interesting architectural buildings and squares.

Section 2

Santa Iria de Azoia
to
Vila Franca de Xira

From Lisbon, the Caminho de Fatima follows the Camino de Santiago, all the way to Santarem. Leaving Lisbon is relatively easy as we follow the Tejo river via Parque das Nacoes. Following a farm track through a green valley it’s hard to believe you are only few miles away from the heart of Lisbon! The short first walking day soon brings us to Alpriate, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for the night in Santa Iria de Azoia.

Section 3

Vila Franca de Xira
to
Azambuja

Leaving this suburb of Lisbon, we start the day with a gentle climb up to then walk down to Povoa de Santa Iria. The Camino then follows the Rio Tejo mostly along a flat and busy national road to the colorful and attractive town of Vila Franca de Xira, home of a famous bullfighting festival.

Section 4

Azambuja
to
Santarém

Leaving Vila Franca de Xira, the Camino continues parallel to the Tejo River and railway line before heading inland towards the pleasant town of Azambuja. This region is an area where bullfighting and horse breeding are a part of the daily life.

Section 5

Santarém
to
Amiais de Baixo

This day brings us to the highest point of this section so far, at a mere 110 metres high, in Santarém. This is a very enjoyable walk as half of the day is spent through fruit groves, vineyards and crop fields.

Section 6

Amiais de Baixo
to
Fatima

From today you will notice a change in the landscape, with more hills to traverse as you make your way towards the mountain of Serra de Minde. Your stop for the night is in the town of Amiais de Baixo.

An option to split the walk from Santarém to Fatima over three days with a stop over in Arneiro das Milhariças (22km) and Minde (21km leaving then just 15km walk to Fatima)

How to get there

Fly In

Lisbon Lisbon airport with Aerlingus, TAP and Ryanair from Dublin. RyanAir from London Stansted, TAP from London City, Heathrow and Gatwick, British Airways from London Heathrow, EasyJet from London Gatwick and Luton



Starting Point

Lisbon – there is a regular shuttle service into the city of Lisbon from the airport. Ask your Camino Planner about a private transfer.



Getting Home

From Fatima to Lisbon there is a regular bus service that takes 1hr30mins. More details can be found on the following website: Rede Expressos



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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from €630

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

23km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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