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Our Jewish tours Portugal in Alentejo depicts the widest region of Portugal. The landscape, marked by the plain, is dotted with elevations that were once used for the construction of fortified castros. Today they offer us stunning landscapes, such as the village of Monsaraz.

Castles and fortified villages are testimony of the occupation of the territory by different peoples and the need to populate and defend it. However, it was this multiplicity that contributed to the Alentejo’s identity, evident in the traditions, such as the cante, declared Immaterial Heritage of Humanity, and the tolerance of its people.

With our private tours in Alentejo, we intent to provide you a journey through history and memory of a past that marks the present. The memory of a Jewish Alentejo is about lifes, stories, legends and traditions.

Memories of a Jewish Alentejo

We leave Lisbon on a Jewish southeast route to Alentejo, where centuries ago Jews have been settled down in this vast region that offerd them, wine, agriculture, olive oil, cork and its gastronomy.

The Jewish presence in this region has been cemented in the last years of the 15th century. Its influence from then on is still evident today, whether in architecture or in the professions of craftsmen or merchants.

Driving through landscapes of a countryside dotted with castles and cork trees, you will discover the medieval Jewish Sepahrdic heritage of Alentejo. The white villages and ancestral houses are the keepers of a Jewish legacy in this region throughout centuries.

Our experience is about identifying the testemonies of a relegion silenced by persecution and forced conversion, and to give you the inspiration to discover history in cheese, bread, wine, lamb and olive oils.

Be part of this Jewish past by walking in the footsteps of local culture and explore with our tours the genuine people of Portugal.

 

About this tour:

Private

Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).

Custom-made

The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences and the tour length.

Tour Length

Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).

Accommodation not included

Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Overnight in Portalegre

Time : 9:00 am

Lisbon, Castelo de Vide, Portalegre

Travel from Lisbon to Portalegre in Alentejo area. City tour of Castelo de Vide to include the Jewish quarter and Synagogue. Here you will learn about the local Jewish history and culture. Continue our visit to the Castle on the top of the hill where we can see some Jewish houses. Arriving to Portalegre

Day 2 - Overnight in Portalegre

Time : 9:00 am

Portalegre, Marvao, Arronches, Cabeço de Vide

Visit to the Jewish quarter in Portalegre and it's Tapestries Museum. You will have also a private performance of the popular local music. ------------------------------------------------We continue our tour to Marvao a very important place regarding the portuguese Jewish history. Here we will visit the bridge that jews have crossed from Spain to Portugal in 1492 escapinf from the spanish inquisition. After we clime to the top of the hill to visit the Medieval village of Marvao. ---------------------------------------------- Arronches a small village with a Jewish past that you must not miss. Here time stands still. ---------------------------------------------- Cabeço de Vide a small town that back on the XIV century has been a very important Jewish community. Here we have some interesting local architecture .

Day 3 - Overnight in Monsaraz

Time : 9:00 am

Portalegre, Evora, Monsaraz

Today we travel to Evora a very ancient town steeped in history. Here we do a walking tour through the historical center, including the Jewish quarter. ---------------------------------------------- Arriving to Monsaraz, the land of the great lakes.

Day 4 - Overnight in Lisbon

Time : 9:00 am

Monsaraz, Lisbon

Today our visit is to one of the most enchanting historical village of Portugal. Here beauty is in every corner, Together, we can explore castles, lakes, scenery, history, culture. food and wine. After we return to Lisbon.

Day 5 - Transfer to Lisbon Airport

Lisbon Airport

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Bottled water
  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
  • Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
  • Wifi on board
  • Public liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Visit to winery in Evora
  • Visit to a Cork Factory
  • Visit to the synagogue in Castelo de Vide
  • Visit to Portalegre Tapestries  Museum
  • Live and private performance of Cante Alentejano, Popular local music
  • Wine tasting
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches or dinners
  • Hotels

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