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Hotels of Fátima
A hotel in Fátima is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Fátima hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Fátima are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Fátima hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Fátima hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Fátima have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Fátima
An upscale full service hotel facility in Fátima that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Fátima hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Fátima
Full service Fátima hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Fátima
Boutique hotels of Fátima are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Fátima boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Fátima may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Fátima
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Fátima travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Fátima focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Fátima
Small to medium-sized Fátima hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Fátima traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Fátima hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Fátima
A bed and breakfast in Fátima is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Fátima bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Fátima B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Fátima
Fátima hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Fátima hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Fátima
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Fátima hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Fátima lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Fátima
Fátima timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Fátima often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Fátima on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Fátima
A Fátima motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Fátima for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Fátima motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Travelling and vacation in Fátima
This article is about the city in Portugal. For the name Fátima, see Fatima (name). For other uses, see Fatima (disambiguation).
The pilgrims and visitors of Fátima in front of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima
Coat of arms
Coordinates: / 39.62; -8.66 / 39.62; -8.66
71.84 km (27.74 sq mi)
1,995 m (6,545 ft)
160/km (420/sq mi)
Our Lady of Pleasures and Our Lady of Fátima
Fátima (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfatimɐ] (listen)) is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. The population in 2011 was 11,596, in an area of 71.84 km². The parish encompasses several villages and localities of which Fátima, with a population of 7,756 residents, is the largest. Part of the urban agglomeration of Leiria, it is 187 km (116 mi) south of Porto and 123 km (76 mi) north of Lisbon.
The civil parish has been permanently associated with the Marian apparitions that were witnessed by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria in 1917. The Catholic Church later recognized these events as "worthy of belief". A small chapel was built here in honor of Our Lady of Fátima, beginning in 1918, and a statue of her installed; the chapel and statue have since been enclosed within a large shrine and basilicas. Associated facilities, including a hotel and medical facility, have also been built over the decades at this site. Each year thousands of pilgrims visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima.
Fátima, Portugal: History
See also: Our Lady of Fátima, Three Secrets of Fátima, The Miracle of the Sun, and Marian apparition
The name of the town and parish is a rendition of the Arabic given name Fátima ( فاطمة Fāṭimah). (Fatimah is the namesake of Fatimah bint Muhammad, a daughter of the prophet of Islam Muhammad.)
A close-up of the Christian pilgrims during the "Miracle of the Sun" on the 13th October 1917.
An image of the crowd during the last apparition in Cova da Iria.
Monument of the Guardian Angel of Portugal apparition to the three little shepherd children of Fátima.
Statue dedicated to the apparition of Our Lady which occurred exceptionally in Valinhos, near the Cova da Iria.
Fátima was said to be the name of a Moorish princess kidnapped by a knight, Gonçalo Hermigues, and his companions. Hermigues took her to a small village in the Serra de Aire hills, in the recently created Kingdom of Portugal. According to the Western Catholic narrative, Fatima fell in love with her kidnapper and decided to convert to Christianity in order to marry him. She was baptized and given a Christian name, Oureana.
Arab sources, however, claim that Fátima was forced into Christianity, as were most Reconquista captives. There is no documentary evidence to support either scenario of such a conversion.
The parish was founded in 1568, when it was annexed by the Collegiate of Ourém (Portuguese: Colegiada de Ourém). For centuries, most of the villagers kept herds of sheep and depended also on subsistence farming.
Since the early 20th century, Fátima has been associated with events in which three local children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, saw visions of a woman known as Our Lady of Fátima, since believed to be the Virgin Mary. On 13 May 1917, whilst guarding their families' sheep in the Cova da Iria, the children first saw an apparition of a "lady dressed in white" and shining with a bright light.
The three shepherd children were born in Aljustrel, a small hamlet about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from Fátima. To the west, near Aljustrel, is Loca do Cabeço, a smaller agglomeration of rocky outcroppings where, in 1916, an angel appeared twice to the three children. The angel visitation was not recounted until the 1930s, when Lucia dos Santos (who had joined a convent, and become Sister Lucia) began publishing her memoirs.
The children saw the Marian apparition on six occasions; they said the last would be 13 October 1917. An estimated 70,000 pilgrims went to the site for the last prophesied apparition in October. Some of them reported what has been referred to as the Miracle of the Sun, when some observers reported it appeared to be behaving unusually.
The local bishop investigated the events and determined that the apparitions were worthy of belief. The site was marked by a cross erected by locals. In 1918 they built a small chapel, built from rock and limestone and covered in tile. It was 3.3 metres (11 ft) by 2.8 metres (9.2 ft) length, and 2.85 metres (9.4 ft) height. It became a centre for Marian devotion, receiving names such as a fé. Fátima, cidade da Paz ("the faith of Fátima, City of Peace"), or Terra de Milagres e Aparições ("Land of Miracles and Apparitions").
The chapel has since been enclosed within a large basilica and sanctuary, part of a complex including a hotel and other facilities. In 1930, the statue of Our Lady in the Chapel of Apparitions was crowned by the Vatican.
Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta in 1920, during the international Spanish flu pandemic. Lucia dos Santos became a nun and lived until 2005. The two who died young were beatified on 13 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II, and were canonised by Pope Francis on 13 May 2017, the hundredth anniversary of the first apparition.
The construction of the sanctuary and the steady visits by pilgrims stimulated local development. In addition to construction of a large shrine, basilica, and sanctuary, the complex includes a hotel and other facilities. The town of Fátima was elevated to the status of city on 12 July 1997.
In the early 21st century, numerous residents of the parish (primarily from its business sector) worked to have Fátima designated as an independent municipality. The project, led by Júlio Silva, engineer and ex-president of the Junta de Freguesia (Parish Council), was vetoed on July 2003 by President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.
Fátima, Portugal: Geography
Fátima is located on the Estremenho Limestone Massif, on the flanks of the Serra de Aire, approximately 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level. The geology of the Serras de Aire and Candeeiros gives rise to an arid landscape with a rocky ground interspersed with limestone outcroppings. There are various geological formations in the region including sinkholes, uvalas and polje (like the Polje de Minde-Mata), as well as karst grottoes, caves with stalactites and stalagmites, in addition to lapiez fields.
The climate is characterized by heavy precipitation during the winter, with approximately 1,400 millimetres (55 in) annually, and warm, dry summers.
The trees in this area are primarily dominated by holly oak (Quercus ilex), Portuguese oak (Quercus faginea), strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo), buckthorn and olive trees, all of which are resistant to the precipitation extremes of the climate. There are also areas of savannah, strips of land bounded by walls of loose stone.
The parish contains the following localities: Aljustrel, Alvaijar, Amoreira, Boleiros, Casa Velha, Casal Farto, Chã, Charneca, Cova da Iria, Eira da Pedra, Fátima, Giesteira, Lomba da Égua, Maxeira, Moimento, Moita Redonda, Moitas, Montelo, Pederneira, Poço Sodo, Ramila and Vale de Cavalos.
Fátima, Portugal: Twin towns - Sister cities
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Portugal
Fátima is twinned with:
Częstochowa in Poland
Loreto in Italy
Droß in Austria
Altötting in Germany
Lourdes in France
Selçuk in Turkey
Fátima, Portugal: Economy
The devotion through Our Lady of Fátima attracts millions of Christian pilgrims to Fátima, in Portugal.
The economy of the town relies on religious tourism because the world devotion through Our Lady of Fátima attracts millions of Christian pilgrims. The locals have numerous shops and stalls devoted to the sale of religious articles and souvenirs. In addition, services for tourists, hotels, restaurants and other retail also benefit from the visitors. Other economic activities in the region include: marble sculpturing, saw-milling, carpentry, civil construction, commerce, and services.
Fátima, Portugal: Architecture
Fátima, Portugal: Civic
The bus station of Fátima.
The main avenue of Fátima.
Three Little Shepherds monument.
Bus station of Fátima (Portuguese: Estação Rodoviária de Fátima)
Cistern of Gaiola (Portuguese: Cisterna em Gaiola)
Cistern of Ramila (Portuguese: Cisterna em Ramila)
Cistern of Capuchos (Portuguese: Cisterna dos Capuchos)
Civil Parish Building of Fátima (Portuguese: Junta de Freguesia de Fátima)
Fountain of Alvaijar (Portuguese: Fonte do Alvaijar)
Fountain of Lameira (Portuguese: Fonte da Lameira)
Fountain of Soudo Well (Portuguese: Fonte em Poço de Soudo)
Fountain of Vale da Pena (Portuguese: Fonte do Vale da Pena)
Fountain New (Portuguese: Fonte Nova)
House of Casal Farto (Portuguese: Casa de Casal Farto)
Main avenue of Fátima (Portuguese: Avenida principal de Fátima)
Mills of Fátima (Portuguese: Moinhos de Fátima)
Mills of Fazarga (Portuguese: Moinhos da Fazarga)
Mills of Giesteira (Portuguese: Moinhos da Giesteira)
Mill of Ortiga (Portuguese: Moinho em Ortiga)
Monument of the Three Little Shepherds (Portuguese: Monumento dos Pastorinhos - Rotunda Sul de Fátima)
Old mill of Ramila (Portuguese: Moinho Arruinado em Ramila)
Olive Oil Press in Estrada das Matas (Portuguese: Lagar de azeite na Estrada das Matas)
Porch House with Sundial (Portuguese: Casa Alpendrada com relógio de Sol em Casal Farto)
Residence of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, visionaries of Fátima (Portuguese: Casa de Francisco e Jacinta Marto, videntes de Fátima)
Residence of Lúcia dos Santos (Portuguese: Casa de Lúcia dos Santos, vidente de Fátima)
Threshing-floor of Ramila (Portuguese: Eira em Ramila)
Fátima, Portugal: Religious
Panoramic view of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (with the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary)
The Basilica of the Holy Trinity is the 4th largest Catholic church in the world.
The Way of the Cross in Valinhos.
The Calvary in Fátima, Portugal.
Chapel of Casal Forte (Portuguese: Capela de Casal Forto)
Chapel of Lombo de Égua (Portuguese: Capela de Lombo de Égua)
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Portuguese: Capela da Amoreira/Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição)
Church of Nossa Senhora do Livramento (Portuguese: Capela de Boleiros/Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Livramento)
Church of Santo António (Portuguese: Igreja Paroquial de Fátima / Igreja Paroquial de Santo António)
Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Portuguese: Basílica da Santíssima Trindade), on the far side of the sanctuary's esplanade is the basilica, a neo-classical structure with a central tower 65 meters (213 ft) high, which was begun on 13 May 1928. It is flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent and hospital buildings. Within the basilica are the tombs of the three witnesses to the apparitions: Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lúcia dos Santos. The Church of the Holy Trinity, one of the largest churches in the world, was built on the other side of the esplanade in the early 21st century.
Sanctuary of Fátima (Portuguese: Santuário de Fátima)
Chapel of the Apparitions (Portuguese: Capelinha das Aparições)
Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (Portuguese: Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário)
Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Ortiga (Portuguese: Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Ortiga)
Parochial church of Fátima (Portuguese: Igreja Paroquial de Fátima)
Stations of the Cross of Valinhos (Portuguese: Via Sacra dos Valinhos)
Statues of the Angel of Portugal (Portuguese: Estátua do Anjo de Portugal na Loca do Cabeço e no Poço do Arneiro)
Chapel of Saint Stephen I of Hungary (Portuguese: Capela de Santo Estevão)
Fátima, Portugal: Culture
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, in Cova da Iria, is the principal focus of all visitors. Annually, at least five millions of Catholic pilgrims regularly fill the country roads leading to the Marian shrine. Numbers can reach hundreds of the thousands on 13 May and 13 October, the most significant dates of the apparitions in Fátima.
Fátima, Portugal: Sports
Fátima's major sports club is the Sport Center of Fátima, currently in Portuguese football's second tier, the LigaPro.
Fátima, Portugal: See also
Angelus TV – a Catholic television network based in Fátima
Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima
Sanctuary of Fátima
Chapel of the Apparitions
Cova da Iria
Fátima, Portugal: References
Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE), Census 2011 results according to the 2013 administrative division of Portugal
Direção-Geral do Território
Junta Freguesia, ed. (2011), História (in Portuguese), Fátima (Ourém), Portugal, retrieved 12 October 2012