Fatima and Sintra Tour from Lisbon the perfect tour for you that have not so much time but do not want to miss visiting these two important sites.
Fatima one of the biggest Marian Shrines in the World, a place of peace and reflection and Sintra an incredible place where the Portuguese and European aristocracy spent their summers.
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The Fatima Shrine, or Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, is a Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady located in Cova da Iria, in the city of Fatima, in Portugal.
By excellence, a place of pilgrimage, preserving the memory of the events that led to its founding, the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherds in 1917, one of the most important Marian shrines in the world belonging to the Catholic Church and the largest international destination for religious tourism, receiving around six million visitors a year.
Sintra, with its imposing mountain range dotted with palaces, churches and farmhouses, stretching in waves of green to the ocean.
The fascination of the urban settlements and the villages that give color to this region, constitutes a privileged place par excellence, of undeniable beauty and cultural and natural interest, Queijadas de Sintra, an ancestral sweet that comes at least since the Middle Ages. However, there are others that deserve to be tasted, the Pillows is another fantastic example.
On May 13, 1917, three children from humble families, two of them brothers Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, all between 7 and 10 years old said they had seen Our Lady who asked them to pray the rosary and do penances. Jacinta and Francisco died of Spanish flu two years after the apparitions, and Lucia became a nun.
On October 13, 1917, the last apparition of Our Lady to the children was marked by the “miracle of the Sun” as it became known, the legend says that the shepherds had predicted that the Virgin would perform a miracle that day, thus thousands of people went to the city and many of them witnessed a phenomenon described as a vision of the sun spinning through the sky.
In the Sanctuary of Fatima we will find three places of interest, you can attend a mass and then visit, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the first Chapel to be built immediately following the apparitions occupying a prominent place, not by size or grandeur, but yes by the location, practically in the center of the Sanctuary.
In one extreme we have the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, begun to be built in 1928 in Neo Baroque style, it houses today the tombs of the children, but also the tomb of Sister Lucia who passed away in 2005, at the other end we have the Basilica of Santissima Trindade, built in 2007 with more than 8000 seats and 40,000 m² of area was designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, a modern and quite imposing church.
On arrival in Sintra, we can enjoy the visit to the center history to make a snack or a more elaborate meal if you wish, here we will also find several local handicraft shops, as well as the famous Piriquita pastry known for its typical sweets such as the ” Travesseiro de Sintra and “Queijada de Sintra”, then we will decide the palaces to visit.
The best of Sintra are undoubtedly the palaces and beautiful properties, most of them true works of art, built with only one goal to impress by greatness. According to your interests and tastes the guide will suggest to you or those palaces that best suit you.
Among them we have; Pena Palace, Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace, Moorish Castle among others, some give access only to the gardens and the outdoor areas and others give access to the interior as well. If time is not short, choose only the options that give access to the gardens and to the outdoors, as in the case of Pena Palace.