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Jewish Rural Portugal

Our Jewish rural tour in Portugal is about the vibrant and rich Jewish culture. We came up with this tour, because for us it’s important to reveal one of the most unique Jewish legacy in our country: the Jewish rural Portugal. Therefore, and because of cultural and religious value, and financial contribution, these Jews have also changed life in where they decided to settle down.

These families fosters an original type of communal rural Jewish life, open to different Jewish lifestyles and beliefs, whose crypto-Jewish ancestors secretly retained their faith since the Inquisition.

Discover Jewish Heritage in Portugal

Many rural Jewish Communities located in this region of Portugal, were seeking for a better way of life escaping from Spain after de Edit of 1492 made by the Catholic Monarchs. In fact, all this mountain area was the perfect location, to be hidden from harassment and persecutions. Plus this was an area dedicated to the work of wollen goods that they have intensified with their arrival.

In conclusion they came to a very rich region of Portugal where they could work on woole, cheese, milk, fabrik, cattle and so forth…

Discover a territory with very important Jewish traditions and heritage in Portugal. 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.

They practice their own religion in secrecy, inside their own homes to avoid the inquisition. This is a unique Hebrew Culture that the Portuguese Jews were forced to practice, the Crypto-Judaism, or Marranos, also called the B’nei Anussim.

In this Jewish rural tour through Portugal you will explore the memories of a Jewish past and uncover the riches of that time in history.

But we want also to extend your experience to get to know the locals and it’s culture in this Center area of Portugal. For that we have prepared for you the authentic Portuguese experience based on: scenery, history, food & drink, local Culture, heritage and so forth.

 

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 Sabugueiro

Time : 9:00 am

Coimbra, Sabugueiro

Welcome talk and start our tour from Lisbon to Sabugueiro with a stop in Coimbra to include a city tour and the University.

Day 2 - Overnight in Sabugueiro

Time : 9:00 am

Loriga, Alvoco da Serra

City tour in LORIGA to include the beautiful natural glacial valley and it's natural swimming pool.City tour in ALVOCO DA SERRA to include a walking trhrough the historical center and 't's Jewish quarter.

Day 3 - Overnight in Sabugueiro

Time : 8:30 am

Vale do Rossim, Manteigas, Torre

Visit to VALE DO ROSSIM, one of the oldest Gaciars in Europe to include some walking aroun the lake.City tour in MANTEIGAS to include Burel Factory a record in the history of the village of Manteigas and in the Portuguese Wool Industry.Visit to TORRE, the highest point of Serra da Estrela.

Day 4 - Overnight in Sabugueiro

Time : 9:00 am

Piodao

Visit to PIODAO, houses with walls made of schist, windows painted in a blue colour used in the Maghreb and roofs in black slate turn the village of Piódão into a true treasure.

DAY 5 - Overnight in Belmonte

Time : 9:00 am

Linhares da Beira, Gouveia, Belmonte

Day 6 - Overnight in Belmonte

Time : 9:00 am

Belmonte, Sortelha

Day 7 - Overnight Monfortinho

Time : 9:00 am

Caria, Castelo Novo, Monfortinho

Day 8 - Overnight Monfortinho

Time : 9:00 am

Monsanto, Penha Garcia

Day 9 - Overnight in Monfortinho

Time : 9:00 am

Idanha-A-Velha

Day 10 - Overnight in Lisbon

Time : 9:00 am

Portas de Rodao, Lisbon

Visit to Portas de Rodao a scenic area with breathtaking views to include a boat ride in River Tejo and lunchArrival to Lisbon. End of the tour.

Day 11 - Transfer Lisbon Airport

Transfer Lisbon Airport

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transfer from airport to Hotel and vice versa
  • 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
  • Tickets to Burel Factory in Manteigas
  • Boat ride in Portas de Rodao
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotels

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Our drivers have safety and health training.
Meet & Greet:
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to passengers by driver every time before entering the vehicle;
- The driver will wear a face mask at all times and will keep a safe distance from customers avoiding close contact, handshakes etc;
- Luggage will only be handled with customers' authorization.
The driver will use sanitizing products to continually clean the main contact areas inside and outside the vehicle (handles, seats, seat belts, etc).
For safety reasons our vehicles will not provide magazines and water bottles. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Upon completion of each tour, our cleaning team will carry out a thorough cleaning with anti-bacterial products.
Per recent laws: Maximum capacity per vehicle is 2/3 of total occupancy. This is to guarantee adequate distance between passengers.