Maria da Graça Lopes da Silva Mouga Poças Santos is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Education and Social Sciences – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal, where she has worked since 1988. Maria holds a degree in Geography (1987), Masters in Human Geography (1993) and PhD in Geography (2005) from the University of Coimbra. Her main scientific areas of research are religious tourism and pilgrimage, cultural geography religious geography (territory and spirituality; sanctuaries) and cultural tourism (itineraries, cultural heritage, identity and territory). Prof. Santos has published extensively as author and editor in her scientific areas of interest.