ORIGIN | FÁTIMA
Arrive in Fatima for lunch. In the afternoon visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima, formally titled by the Catholic Church as Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. This is known by a place of Christian pilgrimage and Catholic devotion, preserving the memory of the events that led to its foundation, namely the apparitions of Our Lady to the three little shepherds - Lúcia dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto - in 1917. Its magnitude and relevance from the religious point of view has long been widely recognized nationally and internationally. By express will of the Holy Apostolic See, this is a National Sanctuary. It is also one of the most important Marian shrines in the world belonging to the Catholic Church and the largest international religious tourism destination, receiving around six million visitors a year. It was distinguished with three papal gold roses and visited by Popes Paul VI (1967), John Paul II (1982, 1991 and 2000), Benedict XVI (2010) and Francisco (2017). The Sanctuary of Fátima consists mainly of the Chapel of Apparitions, the Prayer Hall (outdoor), the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the respective Colonnade, the vast Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, the retreat houses of Our Lady of Carmo and Our Lady of Sorrows, the Valinhos sacred ways and the Paul VI Pastoral Center. Accommodation in hotel.
FÁTIMA | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Santiago de Compostela. Lunch time. Later in the afternoon, guided by a local guide to Santiago de Compostela, a monumental jewel declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage, you can admire: the Cathedral (the largest Romanesque temple of the peninsula, built between 1075 and 1211) with its admirable portico of glory, sculptural prodigy of Mestre Mateo, Praça do Obradoiro (where the Royal Hospital is nowadays converted into a luxury hotel), Quintana Square (where the Porta Santa, or the Perdões, which only opens in the Holy Year), the “Plaza de Las Platerias” with the house of Conga. Then tour through the old quarter where the typical streets, like the Queen’s and Franco’s (joined by the flower square of Fonseca), enchant everyone who visits it. We will also admire the university, the Vilar street and the New Street. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA | COVADONGA
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Padron. This is, according to legend, the place where he brought the boat that carried the remains of the Apostle Santiago Zebedeu from the Middle East to the Iberian Peninsula. The rock - or wall - that the boat was attached to today still exists, and is placed under the Altar of the Church of Santiago de Padron. On a hill, not far from the center of the village, on the other side of the Sar River, is another place of worship to Santiago: the stone on which, according to legend, Santiago celebrated Mass. Still Padron is also known due to its main gastronomic specialty: the fried peppers. These peppers, which are actually grown in the neighboring village of Herbón, are internationally known and can easily be purchased in the Portuguese market. After a short visit, departure to the Picos de Europa. After lunch visit to the sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin of Covadonga. The Santa Cueva is a mandatory place of passage for those who enter the Picos de Europa via Cangas de Onís. It was thanks to the Virgin that Pelagius can defeat the Muslims and start the Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. We can see his tomb in Santa Cueva and next to him the image of the Virgin. It was another Asturian king who had this Sanctuary built in the same cave where Pelagius was said to have taken refuge during the battles against the Moors, his grandson D. Afonso I (eighth century). But it was King Alfonso X (13th century) of Castile who made the tomb of the first Asturian king stay in this place that they consider sacred and which today is a zone of pilgrimage. A sign marks the visit of his most famous pilgrim, Pope John Paul II. They say that Covadonga means “source of the pit” and it is true that under the cave we can see a small waterfall and a lake. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
COVADONGA | SAN SEBASTIÁN | LOURDES
After breakfast at the hotel, leave to Cantabrian Coast to San Sebastian. Arrival, brief tour of the city and lunch. In the afternoon we continue our trip to Lourdes. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Stay in the hotel in full board. Celebration of Mass. In the morning visit of the city, great religious center. Annually Lourdes is visited by millions of pilgrims and sick people because of the apparitions: On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous, 14, daughter of the miller of the village, had a vision of the Virgin, which occurred to her in the grotto of Massabielle; the vision was repeated 18 times. After the first apparition, the first miracles began to take place. Then visit the Sanctuary. with three overlapping Churches (the Crypt, the Basilica of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) and the underground Basilica (with capacity for 20,000 people). Dinner at the hotel. In the evening, there is the possibility of attending the imposing candle procession which takes place daily at the Grotto. Overnight at hotel.
LOURDES | ZARAGOZA | MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel and travel through the Pyrenees to Zaragoza. Arrival and time to visit the Basilica, built at the end of the century. XVII, one of the most visited in Spain, where stands the Chapel of the Virgin of Pilar, one of the major poles of interest. Lunch time. In the afternoon continues the trip to Madrid. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
MADRID | AVILA | ALBA DE TORMES | ORIGIN
Breakfast at the hotel and travel passing by the Escorial, exponent of the Spanish fausto in the past. Proceed to Avila, a walled city closely linked to the life of Santa Teresa (time of departure to be informed locally). Lunch time. In the afternoon starts the trip back to the place of departure passing through Alba de Tormes, where is buried Santa Teresa of Jesus. Arrival at the end of the day.