Ourém belongs to the municipality of Santarém and is mostly located on a plain, having its highest point in cabeço de Óbidos. Its primitive name was Abdegas, being replaced in the 12th century by the Latin word Aurem. After having been under Moorish domination, it was conquered by Dom Afonso Henriques in 1136. Ourém Castle was built in 1178, developed afterwards around the village, where today the historic center lies. It was only elevated to town in 1991, as until then it was known as Vila Nova de Ourém (New Village of Ourém). The best known area of this municipality is Fátima for its importance in religious terms, which earned the biggest tourist complex of Rota do Sol. It was in the place of Cova da Iria where, in 1917, more precisely between May 13 and October 13, according to Catholic beliefs, the apparitions to three shepherd children took place. On August 19 occurred the last apparition, this time in Valinhos. Later several monuments were constructed, the first being the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions) in Cova da Iria. Later, between 1928 and 1953, the shrine of Fátima was built. You can also visit the house where Francisco and Jacinta, two of the three Shepherd children, lived and the Museu das Aparições de Fátima (Museum of the Apparitions of Fatima), where the apparitions and the message the Virgin has given to the shepherds are depicted. Another attraction in the area are the Grutas da Moeda de São Mamede caves, discovered in 1971 by two hunters. They consist of galleries of limestone formations with a visitable extension of about 350 meters and a depth of 45 meters.
Where to eat in Ourém
Located by the roundabout north of Fátima, the Convite belongs to the Hotel Dom Gonçalo. A rather w…
An elegant, comfortable room in a recovred house, with quality service and well prepared dishes. Ex…
Large restaurant, consisting of three rooms for dining and a friendly bar. The restaurant serves go…
Typical restaurant divided into two rooms, the serve specialties of traditional Portuguese cuisine.…
What to do in Ourém
Igreja da Santíssima Trindade
Opened in 2007 on the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima, the Church of the Holy Trinity is integrated in the complex from Fátima sanctuary, at the opposite end of the Basilica of our Lady of the Rosary, and was built entirely with donations of pilgrims over the years. It is a postmodern work of authorship …
Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
Is the center of the Marian pilgrimage to Fatima. Ample space with several temples and buildings in support of the pilgrims and visitors of Fatima, as the chapel of the apparitions, the Berlin wall, the continual prayer Chapel, the Basilica, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holm, among others.
Monumento Natural das Pegadas de Dinossáurios
Natural monument depicting footprints of Dinosaurs, considered an important fossil record of the Jurassic period, more precisely, of the sauropod dinosaurs. Note the limestone slab which records footsteps over 175 million years ago. There are around 20 paths or lanes, with guided tours, other autonomous. Be sure to visit the Jurassic Garden, so you can imagine the existing flora at …
Castelo de Ourém
The castle walls remain, two doors (of the village and the Santarém) and some towers. The old Palace is a monumental residential tower of the 15th century. Plant composed of rectangular main body and two turrets inserted on the wall of the village. The curtain wall that unites the turrets, crowned by way of round, is torn by arched door …
Santuário dos Valinhos
Partindo de Aljustrel, pode percorrer a via sacra de Valinhos, seguindo o caminho que Lúcia, Jacinto e Francisco faziam até à Cova da Iria. Esta via sacra tem 14 estações em memória da Paixão de Jesus e uma 15ª que …
Igreja do Olival / Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Purificação
This baroque temple is composed by one only nave, bell ringer tower and main chapel. On the inside it is worthy to mention an ensemble of glazed tiles and statuary in baroque style.
Loca do Cabeço
Monument that marks the spot where the Shepherds will have received the first and third visits of our Lady, in 1916. It is located in the outskirts of Aljustrel.
Antiga Vila de Ourém
Village inside a wall, with medieval origin. Has two entrance doors to the former village: the door of the village and port of Santarem. The ancient town of Ourem is classified as Building of public interest.
Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima
Temple of neo-baroque structure, built in the early 20th century, on the site of the apparitions of our Lady. Dominated by a central tower of several floors, the colonnade is decorated by ceramic panels representing the Via Crucis. Designed by …
Museu das Aparições de Fátima
Museum located at Rua Jacinta Marto, housed in the John Paul II building, very close to the shrine of Fatima and that has images and characters that make relive the that have been the appearances of the Angel of peace …
Casa-Museu de Aljustrel
An interesting ethnographic exhibition that relates to the life and customs of this Alta Estremadura region.
Museu de Cera de Fátima
Museu com 32 cenas e 113 figuras de cera expostas que relatam as aparições de Fátima desde 1916.
Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia de Fátima
This space features a valuable collection of national religious art of the 14th to 20th centuries, as well objects from Africa, Asia and the Amazon. There is also a room devoted to the three young shepherds of Fátima, with some …
Casa de Francisco e Jacinta
House Museum of the seers of Fatima, in the village buildings and sorted by symbolic reasons linked to the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima.
Caminho dos Pastorinhos
Course that the Shepherds were and where they encountered our Lady. The route includes the House of children and passing on Loca do Anjo, where they received the first and third visits.
Where to sleep in Ourém
The Hotel offers every customer two hours of free access to the pool area of the Spa. Offers 71 very comfortable rooms and decorated with two distinct lines: d…
Situado na principal avenida da cidade, conta com 108 quartos elegantes, ginásio, SPA e restaurante.
Torres Novas is a Portuguese municipality with 17 and parishes belonging to the District of Santarém, Ribatejo region. In historical terms, it is kno…
Alpiarça is a Ribatejo municipality of Santarém's district and has only one parish with headquarters in the village of Alpiarça. Its geographic situa…
City deeply connected to the history of the Knights Templar in Portugal, is located on the banks of the river Nabão and is bordered to the Southwest …
Golegã is known across the country as the "horse Capital", due to its historical ties to bullfighting traditions. In the heart of the Ribatejo, this …