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.

  • Additional facts: This private tour can be customized according to specific interests.

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

 

  • The itinerary may be adapted according to the interests expressed by the participants

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.

Crypto-Jews Route

Real Embrace Portugal, Jewish heritage cultural route, showcases a vibrant and rich Portuguese Jewish Legacy, by opening the doors of the past to the travellers of today. Discover the iconic places, people from a Jewish perspective by showing you how Jews live in Portugal, and their Jewish life.

Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy that defines the Jews in Portugal. Discover your ancestral routes, by walking in the footsteps of your ancestors.

This Jewish heritage Cultural route in Portugal will share with you:

The history of Jewish community in Belmonte:

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

By the high number of cruciform inscriptions, Jews in Portugal as well New Christians, are a prove in this ancient region. This a testemony of their “Christianization” and of their Jewish cultural heritage.

In the Jewish Community of Belmonte, different sets of houses stand out from the main church. Some of them dating from the 15th-16th century. Inside the Judiaria area we can find the Synagogue. Here the Jewish Heritage and culture is without a question of undeniable value.

Some types of cruciformes are for example, a fact of Jewish presence in different urban groups. Above all, 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 tour in a territory with very important Jewish traditions. Here they started with small communes with around 50 Jews in the middle of the 15th century. After that they became almost 200. Here we find some important Jews and local family names, such as the Adida, Abenazo, Baruc, Faravam, Navarro and Sacuto.

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.

  • Additional facts: This private tour can be customized according to specific interests.

Arrabida Tour From Lisbon

Experience local culture as you travel with us on a full day private tour outside of Lisbon.

On this private tour, you will visit Parque Natural da Arrabida, a 42-mile protected habitat in the district of Setubal that offers some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the Lisbon area. Marvel at the mountainous landscapes and cliffs reaching to the ocean. Look for unique flora and fauna. Sunbathe on two of the park’s spectacular beaches popular with the locals … Portinho da Arrabida and Figueirinha.
Overlooking the beaches is a former monastery established in the 16th century. Built into the mountains, the monastery complex was designed for complete reclusion from the outside world and features small rooms or “cells” where the monks would meditate.
We will visit the port city of Setubal, a charming old seafaring town, where we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal and local wine. Dominating the skyline above Setubal is the Fort of Sao Filipe, an example of 17th-century military architecture. Today the fort is a beautiful hotel with a chapel decorated with traditional Portuguese blue and white-glazed tiles. From the fort, you will get an amazing view of the Sado River and the Troia Peninsula.
At the foot of the Arrabida mountains, among the vineyards and olive and cork trees, is the town of Azeitao. Here you will visit a tile factory to admire traditional Portuguese tiles, learn the techniques involved in producing them, and make one of your own to take home . . . or buy one as a souvenir.
We will also tour the Bacalhoa Palace and its beautifully manicured gardens.
Our day ends with stop at the Bacalhoa winery for a glass of wine…or two.

Portugal Historical Villages

Portugal’s Historical Villages are some of the most beautiful in all Europe. Made on granite stone, the houses and monuments have a unique history and culture where time stands still. These villages kept their historic legacy that has been preserved until the present day. There is only the best and that of the most authentic of what Portugal as to offer. Go with us on a quest to discover unique sensations and traditional flavours.

Let us give you the past and the present together on this journey by our Portugal Private tours:

Our interactive, insider 3 days Portugal private tour discovering the iconic places, people of Portugal from a local perspective will share with you:

  – The Heritage of Portuguese Historical Villages

  – Custom made Wine and food local experiences

  – Local cultural experiences

  – Meet the local people

  – Different lifestyles, traditions, stories

  – Meet the artisans, the artists, the masters of old crafts

  – Celebrate the true essence of beeing Portuguese

  – Visit the hidden gems of Portugal

 

  • Additional Facts: Our tour can be customized to specific interests.