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The Fátima Walking Route


NORTHERN ROUTE

Start: Valença 

Distance: About 364 km

• Valença

• Porto

• Coimbra

• Fatima

Duration: 17 days

This route starts in Valença, crosses the North and Centre of Portugal and ends in Fátima. 

"The scenery is rich and varied, and while the rural and urban landscape gradually changes along the way it is defined by the constant presence of rivers and mountains that delineate this ancestral land, dotted with small villages, towns and cities." In The Northern Route - The Fátima Walking Route


TAGUS ROUTE

Start: Lisbon, Parque das Nações

Distance: About 143 km

• Lisboa

• Vila Franca de Xira

• Azambuja

• Santarém

• Monsanto

• Fatima

Duration: 5 days

The Tagus Route begins in Parque das Naçoes, Lisbon. The starting point has a mark at the beginning, which is a few feet south from ‘Pala do Siza’ near Portugal's pavilion. This way is also known as the Central Portuguese Way and there is also a mark in the Church of Santiago, Alfama, Lisbon.

"The river forms the horizon during part of the route, which advances through the serene landscape of the plains of Lezíria region.

 Another part continues through the plateaus, mountains and valleys of the Estremadura limestone massif in the Aire and Candeeiros Mountain ranges, the emblematic ancestral territory between the river system of the Tagus and the Atlantic coast.” In Tagus Route - The Fátima Walking Route


NAZARÉ ROUTE

Start: Nazaré

Distance: About 50 km

• Nazaré

• Pedreiras

• Fátima

Duration: 2 days

The Nazaré Route is one of the most popular ways for pilgrims as well as tourists taking an alternative to motor transportation in order to get to this giant wave town. This route is also often taken in both directions: many pilgrims leave Fatima towards Nazare in order to fulfil an old ritual of reaching ‘where the land ends and the sea begins’ (Finisterre).

"This route unites two great Marian sanctuaries of Portugal - one dedicated to Our Lady of Nazaré and the other to the Virgin of Fatima. These sanctuaries mark the locations of apparitions and commemorate miracles. Emblematic places of history, culture and religiosity, these sacred sites of Marian invocation also represent important architectural and artistic heritage. Despite their similarities, the origins of the two sites from different historical, topographical and geocultural contexts". In The Nazaré Route - The Fátima Walking Route




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