Jewish Lisbon

After the conquest, Christian Lisbon maintained neighbourhoods where mostly people of other religions lived. In addition to the Mouraria (Moors), which still exists today, Lisbon had at least four Jewish quarters. However over the centuries they have lived almost side by side, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century.

‘ If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past’

Baruch Spinoza

Our interactive, insider Jewish Lisbon cultural Heritage tour is about discovering the iconic places and people of Lisbon from a Jewish perspective. We will share with you:

In the Middle Ages, Jews played an important role in the administration of the kingdom, in urban evolution and in the commercial business of the city. Lisbon had four Jewish Quarters and many families lived outside the areas assigned to the Jews, a sign of the population dimension that the community reached in the 15th century.

The Jewish Lisbon cultural heritage, shows us that the jewries occupied a privileged area in the city space. Present throughout the kingdom, Jews achieved significant economic, social, fiscal and cultural relevance. Usually associated with the urban environment, they settled in areas of strong identity. The Jewries or, more simply, the Jewish quarters or Jewish streets. But the area reserved for the Jewish minority in urban Lisbon tended to take on great resemblance. Stemming from similar choices as to its locations and orientations.

Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter was once a Jewish neighborhood. Along, Rua da Judiaria, is still visible where was located the Synagogue as well as the Rabbi house. These are some of the few remains of Alfama Jewish past. Jews have lived in this Lisbon area until it’s expulsion in 1496.

Jewish Rural Heritage Tour

Jewish Portugal tour, is about a vibrant and rich Portugal Jewish Identity. Discover the rural Jewish communities in Portugal from a Jewish perspective. Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy.

Must not miss this interactive and insider 10 days Cultural Heritage tour. So, come, meet the people and immerse yourself in the local culture.

This Jewish Portugal heritage tours will share with you:

The legacy of rural Jewish communities in Portugal:

The B’nei Anussim (Marranos) also called New Christians, Converted, Conversos, Crypto-Jews, among other terms or expressions.

Jews in Portugal as well New Christians are a prove in this ancient region by the high number of cruciform inscriptions. This is a testemony of their “Christianization” and it’s cultural heritage.

Different sets of houses stand out from the main churches, dating from the 15th-16th century as a testemony of Portugal Jewish heritage. Inside the one closest to the Catholic temple we can find an Hekhal or Aron-ah-Kodesh (Law Cabinet) adapted by the Jews in Portugal.

Some types of cruciformes are for example, a fact of Jewish presence in different urban groups. But however, the Latin Cross, has a double interpretation in it’s decoration – Jewish and Catholic.  In adition and consequently, the Star of David can be seen in manor and emblazoned houses, bridges and fountains of medieval architecture.

Meanwhile, we continue our Jewish Portugal tour in a territory with very important Jewish traditions. Here they started with small Jewish communes with around 50 Jews in the middle of the 15th century. After that they became almost 200. Here we find some important and local Jewish family names, such as the Adida, Abenazo, Baruc, Faravam, Navarro and Sacuto. They will become a reference in Portugal Jewish history.

After the date of expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1492), many of the refugees flocked to this region (Covilhã). The purpose was to intensify the work of woolen goods. This work practiced in a very rudimentary way between two villages (at the time), with steep and steep streams, offered the necessary hydraulic energy for the movement of the mill wheels.

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Jewish Tomar Heritage Tour

Get a closer look at Portugal’s Jewish history during this full-day tour from Lisbon to Tomar. Discover the long history of the Jewish people in Tomar from your guide as you walk through the Old Jewry. By our Jewish Tomar Heritage tour you’ll visit the most ancient and the only proto-Renaissance Hebrew Temple in our country, and the Luso-Hebrew Museum Abrãao Zacuto.

Built between 1430 and 1460 by order of Infante D. Henrique, the synagogue from Tomar shows the importance that the Jewish community had in the city since the 14th century, firstly in service of the Order of the Temple, and then for the Order of Christ. Our visit continues to the Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar, a Unesco’s World Heritage Site, has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture, that later became the Order of Christ, construction of which occurred between the 12th and the 17th centuries.

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Sintra Cascais Tour

Travel with us outside of Lisbon to the romantic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most important cultural and historical sites in Portugal.
Discover the town center with its narrow streets and flower-topped balconies. Enjoy the town’s delicacies – travesseiros, a puff pastry filled with almond cream, or queijadas, a sweet cake made of cheese, eggs, milk, and sugar.
See the Sintra National Palace, known as the Castle of the Moors, which dates to the 8th century. Its striking towers, ornate rooms and courtyards, makes this stop a must.
See the Pena Palace, a castle built on top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains overlooking the town. Built in the 19th century, this pa lace, a national monument, is one of the major examples of Portuguese Romanticism. Wander through the winding paths in the Pena Park, which surrounds the palace, and is dotted with trees and ferns from all over the world.
Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, where the land ends and the sea begins. Take in the spectacular views of beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, and rocky cliffs.
On the way back to Lisbon, we’ll stop in the charming seaside villages of Cascais and Estoril, two fashionable beach resort towns.
End your day with a sampling of Portugal’s finest wines.

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Obidos Nazare Tour

On this private tour, you will visit Obidos, a medieval town of Queens, witness of weddings and royal baptisms, was a wedding gift from King D. Dinis to D. Isabel. Occupied by successive different civilizations (as indeed the whole country) stands on the steep summit the majestic castle. Reminding those who visit it, other times when it was part of the defensive pentagon of the Portuguese kingdom, designed by the Templar Knights for the central area of Portugal. The narrow streets, the alleys, the whitewashed houses surround the village in a medieval atmosphere. The dynamic daily life with handicraft shops, taverns and local markets gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. One of the most typical drinks you can enjoy is the ginjinha, a liqueur made by infusing “ginja” berries, (served in chocolate glasses). Land of the great Portuguese painter  Josefa De Óbidos, the village stands between walls. Our visit starts at the city gate, where we can see the 16th century pillory (symbol of the county’s judicial autonomy).

Historical natural beauty.

Nazare became famous worldwide by the giant waves surfed by Garret MacNamara. But what awaits us is a delicious lunch experience provided by fresh fish. Grilled on the grill or in “Nazarene stew” the options are many. For those who enjoy, the tasty seafood will not be missing. At the end of lunch, we walk a little along the waterfront where we can see the fish drying on the colorful “pancakes” (boards with net). We go up to the “site” of Nazaré where we enjoy the spectacular view of the beach, the fishing and recreational port. Between legends and reality we visit the chapel of Memory and the Shrine of Our Lady of Nazare (optional). We will have the opportunity to see Nazarene women in their typical costumes: the seven skirts.

Mountain Villages route

High, immense, enigmatic, its physical presence is right away an obsession. But a certainty even more alive is added to this stunning reality: the fact that all the local realities derive from it. Are there rivers in Beira? They come down from Estrela. Is there cheese in Beira? It is made in Estrela. Is there clothing in Beira? It is woven in Estrela. Is there wind in Beira? It is blown by Estrela. Is there electrical energy in Beira? It is generated in Estrela. Everything is created there, everything dives its roots in its large maternal womb.

It commands, caresses, punishes and redeems. Frozen and surly, it parches what is born without its blessing; worm and lightened up, life around it sprouts and blooms. Marão separates two worlds — the world of Minho and the world of Trás-os-Montes. Caldeirão, in the opposite pole of Portugal, imitates it as it can. But Estrela does not divide: it concentrates.” Miguel Torga

 

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Lisbon Private day Tour

Spend a full day touring Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. Named the 2018 winner of the World’s Leading City Destination Award, Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal as well as one of the world’s oldest cities. It is one of Europe’s major economic centers, yet it is steeped in old world charm, making visitors want to return again and again.

You will begin your tour at the Eduardo VII Park, overlooking the Tagus River and the city. Continue to the center of the city to see the Marquis de Pombal Square, with its impressive statue. From there, you will travel along the Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe and home to many of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants. We will visit Rossio Square, one of Lisbon’s most famous squares, frequented by locals and tourists alike. Marvel at the unique façade of Rossio Station, a railway station built in the 1800’s. See the famous Theater D. Maria II, previously known as the Palace of Estaus – the Inquisition Headquarters.

Visit the oldest neighborhoods in the city such as the Alfama, a maze of cobbled streets, ancient houses, and small shops. Learn about the origins of Fado music. Return on your own to listen to the melancholy tunes at one of Alfama’s many Fado bars and restaurants. Explore the Barrio Alto, the bohemian district, where the old houses are decorated with colorful artwork. At night, Barrio Alto is home to many lively bars and restaurants.

Next up is the Belem District, Lisbon’s monumental and historic area. It is filled with parks, tree-lined plazas, and museums. See the ornate Jeronimos Monastery, where the monks used to provide assistance to seafarers. Visit Belem Tower and the Monument of Discoveries, where you will learn about Portugal’s Golden Age of Exploration. Finally, end your day with the “pastel de Belem,” Lisbon’s delicious custard delica

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Evora & Monsaraz From Lisbon

Travel directly from your hotel through the cork trees and vineyards of the Alentejo region and it’s traditions in a private vehicle, making it easy to see landscapes that most visitors to the capital miss.

Discover Alentejo, Évora & Monsaraz, two of Portugal’s most ancient cities and experience one of the most scenic areas of Portugal. Because here time stands still, legends became real and old traditions turn out to become the local culture. So explore the culture, meet the local people and taste a traditional meal with local wine in Monsaraz. Visit a corck factory with a guided visit and learn about one of the most unique products made in Portugal.

Fatima & Tomar Tour From Lisbon

Fátima is one of the most important shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main pilgrimage festivals take place from May to October on the 13th day of each month. Our visit is dedicated to the sanctuary area where some of the reported apparitions took place to the three shepherd children.

After we visit also Aljustrel the shepherds village, as well shepherds home and shepherds well. Our last visit is Valinhos, other apparition site of the Virgin Mary to the three children.

On the way now to Tomar the Templar City and by exploring the historical town’s center we stop at Republic Square to see the Manueline facade of the St. John Baptist church and the typical windows of the old buildings known as a postcard of this city.

Our visit continues to the Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar, a Unesco’s World Heritage Site, has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture, that later became the Order of Christ, construction of which occurred between the 12th and the 17th centuries.