The small chapel that was built at the site of the apparition developed into a shrine complex. This religious complex, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. Most modern day Pilgrims follow the blue arrow signs on the well-marked way that starts in Lisbon and follows the same route as the Camino Portuguese for 90km after which the path departs from the Portuguese Way for a further 60km to Fatima.
Pilgrims can stay in special hostels called albergues on the way. These hostels are cheap, €5 to 15 per night, with pilgrims sleeping in dormitory style accommodation. On this route albergues are far apart, resulting in long walking days of 30 to 40km per day; shorter days are possible if you stay in hotels.
Along the way you will walk through many fascinating towns. We took hundreds of pictures and stopped for many coffees. The route is flat and thus easy to walk, but the cobble stone surface can be hard on your feet. I think May or September is the best times for this pilgrimage, since you will avoid crowds, rain and unbearable heat by walking in the shoulder seasons.
by the Stingy Nomads
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Sunset from the summit of Tai Shan, China's holiest peak. Photograph by Nick Kembel
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Stamps in the Camino de Santiago pilgrim's passport. Photograph by Stephanie Craig. Used with permission.
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Winter trail in Koyasan, the starting point of one of the branches of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. Photograph by Nick Kembel
Praying at one of Lalibela's stone hewn churches. Photograph by Clemens Sehi. Used with permission.
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Can you see the guy's head peeking out at the bottom? Photograph by Nick Kembel
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Entrance to the prophet's Mosque in Medina. Photograph by Esra Alhamal. Used with persmission.
Mount Kailash Kora, Tibet
The approach to Mount Kailash. Photograph by YoWangdu Experience Tibet. Used with persmission.
Rameshwaram Temple, one of the four holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. Photograph by Arti. Used with persmission.
Tai Shan, China
Chinese pilgrims going up China's holiest peak on Chinese New Year's Day. Photograph by Nick Kembel
The Shrine Complex at Fatima. Photograph by Stingy Nomads. Used with permission.
Camino de Fatima, Portugal
Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage, Ireland
View of Clew Bay from the summit of Croagh Patrick. Photograph by Elaine & David. Used with permission.