Although there are some earlier references, it was between the 5th and 15th centuries that the Sephardic Jewish community, or Iberian Peninsula Jews, settled in the territory that is now Portugal contributing in the most diverse ways to Portuguese culture.
Protected by the Kings, many of its members, amongst whom were philosophers, humanists, scientists and merchants, but also more common tradesmen, such as cobblers, tailors and weavers, participated actively in various significant moments of Portuguese history, in particular the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the settlement of the land, and later contributed financially and scientifically to the Age of the Discoveries.
Check this short video about the Jewish Legacy in Portugal.
- DAY 1: Évora / Marvão / Castelo de Vide
- DAY 2: Castelo de Vide / Monsanto / Belmonte / Trancoso / Viseu / Régua
- DAY 3: Régua / Vila Real / Guimarães / Braga / Porto
- DAY 4: Porto
- DAY 5: Porto / Aveiro / Coimbra
- DAY 6: Tomar / Batalha / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Óbidos
- DAY 7: Óbidos / Mafra / Lisbon
- DAY 8: Sintra / Cabo da Roca / Cascais and Estoril
• Departure to Évora, a living museum of tradition and history, handicrafts and gastronomy – on the walking tour we visit the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, the Giraldo square, St Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel but also we can see handicraft streets with hand painted pottery, cork work, copper items and colourful furniture. If you have time, discover in the Évora Museum the mid-16th century chest (coffer) and Table of the Court of the Inquisition. In Évora we can also taste the rich gastronomies of Portugal with excellent wines.
• Drive to the medieval town of Marvão, one of the “white villages of Portugal”, dominated by its castle on the mountain watching over the plain and over Spain.
• Continue to the beautiful Castelo De Vide, proud of its Jewish quarter.
• Overnight: we do recommend Hotel Sol e Serra or Quinta das Lavandas.
• Drive to Monsanto once considered the most traditional village of Portugal.
• Then we proceed to Belmonte, where despite of the pursuit of Jewish people, they always kept a Jewish community, nowadays with around 200 people, that has never lost their religious roots. You may visit the old Jewry, the Jewish Museum and the Beth Eliau Synagogue.
• Departure to Trancoso where you may visit the ancient Jewry, the Masters Well, the Black Cat House and the Lion of Judá House. Ask your tour guide if you could visit the Isaac Cardoso Jewish Interpretation Centre.
• Continue to Viseu and overnight in Régua: we recommend a local wine estate such as Quinta da Pacheca or Quinta do Vallado.
• Drive to Vila Real, visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles.
• Drive to Guimarães – the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, Castle and Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th century.
• Continue to Braga, known as the “Portuguese Rome” for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens.
• Overnight in Porto.
• Morning city tour of Porto, the second largest city in Portugal located near the mouth of Douro River. Our visit may include Palacio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall; the S.Francisco Church with its overwhelmed gilded carved wood decoration ; a walk along the Ribeira, one of the most picturesque quarters of Porto, where is possible to see the local crafts as the filigree work;
• Visit to a Port Wine Cellar and wine tasting.
• The afternoon is free so that you may enjoy some more time in Porto.
• Continue to Aveiro, city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”.
• We shall drive through the luxuriant forest of Buçaco, area made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where a charming and romantic hotel was built, before a royal hunting lodge.
• Drive to Coimbra – visit to the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic fado music.
• Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In Coimbra you can admire the local ceramics.
• Overnight in Coimbra: we recommend Quinta das Lágrimas.
• Drive to Tomar where we will visist the Old Synagoge (the most ancient and well preserved Hebrew Temple in Portugal), the castle and the Convento of Christ, Unesco World Heritage. You might also like to visit the Abraão Zacuto Portuguese-Hebrew Museum, where there is a 1307 memorial stone evoking the foundation of the Great Synagogue of Lisbon.
• Departure to visit both monasteries Batalha and Alcobaça, both are part of the Unesco World Heritage List.
• Then drive to the fishing village of Nazaré.
• Overnight in the charming medieval town of Óbidos: we recommend the Pousada (just inside the castle).
• Drive to Mafra to visit the largest monastery of Portugal with its impressive Basilica and Library. Nearby there is the fishing village of Ericeira, a well-known destination for surfers.
• Arrival and Overnight in Lisbon.
• While driving to Sintra (World Heritage Site), your tour guide will present you the several options of sites to visit there.
• After Sintra, your journey continues to Cape Roca, passing through Colares, a route with a unique natural landscape. Feel the atmosphere and the energy in the air. You are at the westernmost point of continental Europe!
• You will than proceed to Cascais, passing through Guincho. Enjoy the beaches and the beautiful Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and admire the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.
• On your drive back to Lisbon, you will pass by the famous Estoril Casino and its gardens and will enjoy a magnificent sightseeing tour along the coastal road, one of the most beautiful and charming itineraries of Lisbon surroundings.
• Guide / Driver Fees and Expenses (meals & accommodation)
• Pick-Up / Drop-Off at your location in Lisbon
• Transportation in a modern and comfortable vehicle
• Travel Insurances
• Tolls & Parks
What’s Not Included:
• Participants Accommodation
• Meals & Drinks
• Admission Fees
Take a Note:
This is a private tour. There will be nobody else joining the party except if agreed by you. This also means the tour can be customized and adjusted to the participants’ interests at any time.
The default language of the tour is English, but you can choose an additional language from the available options.
FOR YOUR ATTENTION: We will assist you regarding your Hotel bookings for the appointed locations.