Nazares to Fatima, Portugal, July 4th, 2016

A road trip around the Atlantic coast of Portugal from Lisbon to Fatima!! Today our first stop was Cabo da Rosa, the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe!  Drizzly and very cool! Below, the lighthouse overlooks the promontory towards the Atlantic. Next on to Nazares, one of the most popular seaside resorts on Atlantic coast of Portugal, and a world breaking surf site for waves, 78-100 feet tall!  (Google: “Nazares surf” or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5g6I-FOguQ for great pictures!) “Boa Sorte”, means “good luck” in Portuguese and was the name of our boat on Eagle Mountain Lake, now belonging to Cory and Heather!Portugal is well-known for its mosaic designs in many sidewalks all over the country!  And also has narrow alleys, as found throughout Europe. Then on to Fatima!  What a surreal experience!  One of the most peaceful towns I have ever stayed in! The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was  begun in 1928 and completed in 1954.  The tower is 213 feet high, decorated by a crown of bronze (weighing 15,000 pounds) and topped with an illuminated cross.  The carillon consists of 62 bells with 15 altars within the church dedicated to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.   The Sanctuary of Fatima is the grouping of the religious buildings and structures, including the Basilica, the Chapel of Apparitions, a great oak tree where the 3 children were first visited by Mary, a section of the Berlin Wall, and other monuments.  The Chapel of the Apparitions is the center of the sanctuary, located at the exact location of the Marian Appariations, marked by a marble pillar and enclosed case with image of the Virgin Mary.We attended the rosary at 8:30 PM followed by the procession. The Procession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima Square after the reciting of the rosary and blessing of all items brought here.

Tomorrow we tour the rest of Fatima!!