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June 12th or June 13th

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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June 12th or June 13th

Hey

Is there any difference between visiting Fatima on the 12th or the 13th of June 2012?

Is the 13th more active?

Thanks

Fatima
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1. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hi! Due to historical reasons you will not find many people during June 12 or 13. If you to go to the candle procession you should come on June 12. If you want to go to the mass, you should come on June 13. You may find more information at the Sanctuary web page. Let me know if you need further help.

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2. Re: June 12th or June 13th

June 13 it's S. Antonio's day (St Anthony), usually celebrated in lots of cities and villages (Lisboa included).

www.santuario-fatima.pt/portal/index.php…

Tel Aviv, Israel
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3. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hey

Many thanks. I booked a hotel for the night of June 12th - inorder to enjoy both :)

Los Angeles, CA
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4. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hi Amarto...i'm jumping in on this post.

I'm still planning our trip to Portugal and Spain but definitely I would like to go to Fatima to take part in the May 12/13 celebration. I guess it's too late to find lodging in Fatima itself...everything is sold out. My option is to stay in Lisbon and travel by bus to Fatima (although I really want to stay overnight in Fatima on May 12). I can imagine how hectic the buses will be from Lisbon to Fatima. And the crowds!!! Have you had any experience at all you can share about these activities? What other options are there in regards to lodging in Fatima?

Appreciate any info you can share.

Portugal
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5. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hi, Beenthere

You can still find some lodging available in Fatima (I just checked that using Booking.com) at different prices (it all depends on how much you would be willing to pay). I would not advise you to travel from Lisbon on the 12th May to Fatima because the traffic on those days it is quite hectic.

If you need any special info, just let me know.

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6. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hi shethinks,

Thanks to your other post--yes, there is an availability at Luna Fatima Hotel and I went ahead and book it. The price is just right! May I ask you a question? How will I get to the hotel from the bus station? I think I will be using Rede-Expressos. Can you please help?

Thanks once again.

Portugal
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7. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hello again

Well, you can simply walk to the hotel (maybe it's not very comfortable, if you have luggage with you) or simply go by taxi/cab. From the expresso station to the hotel it's not even one mile away, so you'll be there in 3 minutes :) The ride won't cost you more than 4 euros, I'd say.

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8. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Hi, shethinks!

Can you believe this? I just got an email from Luna Fatima Hotel that my reservation is cancelled per my request! Of course, I didn't asked to be cancelled. So I emailed back right away asking them to re-book. How did this happen? I was thinking it's an error/oversight on their part or have been intended for another guest. I hope I will get my room back! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Thanks for the tip. Walking is good--we need the exercise after sitting in the bus.

Portugal
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9. Re: June 12th or June 13th

You needn't worry. If anything goes wrong, there are still a few places left with available rooms. Here are a few, all within the same price range and quite close to the Sanctuary (no more than 500 metres):

- Residencial Cristo Rei (you should ask for a double room and private bathroom)

http://residencialcristorei.net/

- Hotel Lagoa dos Pastorinhos http://lagoahotel.com/

- Hotel Nossa Senhora da Paz http://www.hotelnspaz.com/index.htm

- Hotel Genesis http://www.hotelgenesis.com/

- Residencial Dona Amélia http://residencialdonamelia.pai.pt/

Hope this helps.

Cláudia

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10. Re: June 12th or June 13th

Claudia, you're an angel heaven sent! I emailed Hotel Genesis as a back-up while waiting for Hotel Luna's reply. I'll keep you posted.

Thank you for your help.

-Beenthere-