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Jewish rural life in Portugal, is about a vibrant and rich Jewish heritage in Portugal.

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 life in 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.

The rural Jewish communities in Portugal

Many rural Jewish Communities located in this region, 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…

This is 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.

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 Bne’i Anussim.

In this tour we travel through the memory 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.

 

Abou the Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 - Overnight in Sabugueiro

Time : 9:00 am

Coimbra, Sabugueiro

Welcomo 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 - Back to 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 lunch Arrival to Lisbon. End of the tour.
  • 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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