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.
What to do in Ourém
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 the Dutch architect Gerard van Kriechen and continued by the architect João Antunes, stands out for its dimensions, the statue …
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 …
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 …
Museu de Cera de Fátima
É um local do agrado de crianças mas também de adultos. Ao longo de 32 cenas e 120 figuras de cera, evoca os episódios mais marcantes das aparições de Fátima, assim como dos acontecimentos históricos que desencadearam. O Milagre de Fátima surge retratado em figuras 3D, minuciosamente criadas com a preocupação de procurar manter as imagens fiéis à realidade e …
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.
Igreja da Colegiada / Igreja Matriz de Ourém
Situado próximo da porta da vila medieval, este templo, que anteriormente acolheu a Igreja de Santa Maria de Ourém, foi remodelado e ampliado em 1445, passando a funcionar como a Colegiada de Nossa Senhora das Misericórdias, por iniciativa de D. …
Casa dos Pastorinhos
Os três pequenos pastores moravam na pequena aldeia de Aljustrel, quando ocorreram as aparições. É neste local, situado a dois quilómetros do Santuário, que estão recriados os hábitos e costumes dos irmãos Francisco e Jacinta, assim como da sua prima …
Capelinha das Aparições
É considerada o "coração" do Santuário de Fátima e um dos locais de maior afluxo de peregrinos e onde muitos cumprem promessas. Foi construída no local onde Nossa Senhora falou aos pastorinhos e dinamitada em 1922, supostamente por grupos anticlericais, …
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 …
Santuário dos Valinhos
Também conhecido como Via Sacra ou Caminho dos Pastorinhos, é um dos percursos mais populares de Fátima, que leva os peregrinos a fazer um percurso ao longo de 14 capelas que representam as diferentes estações da Paixão de Cristo. Um …
Nascente do Agroal
Small bathing area on the banks of the river Nabão, an artificial structure that some attribute, wrongly, as being the source of the river Nabão. In that area, from a wealth of mineralized water cold, thermal and curative of diseases …
Mata Municipal de Ourém
Known for Municipal Forest António Pereira Afonso, this location is considered the lung of the city, being composed of 3.5 hectares. Ample green space, with lots of greenery and trees.
Where to eat in Ourém
An elegant, comfortable room in a recovred house, with quality service and well prepared dishes. Ex…
Located by the roundabout north of Fátima, the Convite belongs to the Hotel Dom Gonçalo. A rather w…
Good service is a constant in this restaurant that serves Portuguese cuisine.
The grilled dishes are the specialties of the House.
The grills are the most requested dishes of Dom Duarte.
Fast food, Italian
Fast food restaurant, simple and modern, to serve a variety of pizzas and other quick dishes.
The grills are the specialties of the House.
Restaurant serving regional cuisine.
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…
Ferreira do Zêzere
Ferreira do Zêzere's landscape, although it is located at the northern end of Ribatejo, has little to do with the typical lezíria. Deep valleys, pine…
The small municipality of Sardoal integrates the Santarém district and consists of only four parishes. The fact of being small and the type of houses…
Alpiarça is a Ribatejo municipality of Santarém's district and has only one parish with headquarters in the village of Alpiarça. Its geographic situa…