FATIMA - NEIGHBORHOODS
The majority of the 11,000 people who live in Fatima Parish live in `Fatima City`, which is surrounded by a ring road separated by two roundabouts. Avenida Beato Nuno runs to the north and east, while Avenida Papa Joao XXIII runs to the south and west. The Sanctuary of Fatima and a lot of sights you will be interested in seeing in the city are located inside the ring road. One of the busiest streets in Fatima is the Avenida de Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva. Many hotels are located on this road, as are the Fatima bus station and the Miracle of Fatima Interactive Museum. You can find a currency exchange on Rua Jacinta Marto, as well as the Fatima Wax Museum and a number of restaurants and cafes.
The Rua de Nossa Senhora de Lourdes leads to the Rua de Sao Vicente de Paulo and runs parallel to the side of the Sanctuary that features the Great Holmoak and the Chapel of the Apparitions. The Rua Conego Nunes Formigao runs to the opposite side, next to the Basilica of the Holy Trinity and the High Cross. The road leads to Rua Francisco Marto, around the entrance to the Sanctuary and the Berlin Wall Monument. At the northern part of the Cova da Iria, south of Rua de Sao Vincente de Paulo, there are numerous parking lots and two RV parks. Southeast of there, as Rua Francisco Marto turns into Rua 13 de Maio, you will see the Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia de Fatima. More restaurants and hotels are located near the Rotunda Sul on Rua Francisco Marto and Rua de Nossa Senhora das Vitorias.
North and East of Avenida Beato Nuno
The area to the north-northwest of Avenida Beato Nuno is almost completely residential. As you move eastward to the Estrada de Leiria, you will find the largest shopping center in town, the Centro Comercial Fatima. Northeast of the Rotunda Norte, you will find the major supermarket in Fatima, the Continente Bom Dia. There are a number of restaurants and a large pharmacy on Avenida Beato Nuno driving east. As the road winds around, you will pass behind the Sanctuary. Restaurants and hotels abound. The number of hotels increase dramatically once the Sanctuary is directly to the east (if driving). Taking the Estrada da Alvega will lead to a much more rural area, where green fields abound.
South and West of Avenida Papa Joao XXIII
The area southwest of Avenida Papa Joao XXIII between the Rotunda Norte and the Rotunda dos Pastorinhos (Rotunda Sul) is fairly rural, with the largest building complex out that way being a rehabilitation home for children and adults with disabilities. The Avenida dos Pastorinhos leads through Valinhos and adjacent to the hamlet of Aljustrel, where the shepherd children were born and raised. Two of the most-recommended restaurants in Fatima, `A Cave` and `O Alentejano`, are located on this road. Where the Avenida dos Pastorinhos meets the Rua dos Pastorinhos, turn right, and that will lead you to the children`s houses as well as the Loca do Anjo. If you are self-driving, parking is available there. Further east, there is another large supermarket, Pingo Doce, and a wellness center dedicated to Pope John Paul II. Further down the Avenida dos Pastorinhos, past another roundabout, the area is mostly residential save for the Fatima Aerodrome, which serves private planes.