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Sephardic Heritage: Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portagem and Valência

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  • 10 hr

A ten hours tour that will take you to the Essence of Jewish Sephardic culture! Visit the medieval Synagogues, the old Jewish quarters, discover the physical marks left in the architecture and the Sephardic legacy that overhang local culture until our days. Get to know the astonishing villages, where the true History of Portuguese and Spanish Jews is kept! Holders of a unique culture, Portuguese and Spanish Jews formed one of the most important Communities in both countries. With an Iberian essence, they were determinant for the creation and growth of both countries powerful Empires. We will take you through villages of unique beauty, where for a long time reigned the harmony of the promised Sepharad. We will also take you through History and walk on the same paths in which thousands of people, who had their lives destroyed by intolerance and violence, walked for survival. Discover crypto-Judaism, the best kept Portuguese secret guarded for five centuries.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At:

The first stop will be in Spain. “Valência d’Alcântara” was an important medieval village with a big Jewish community. We will take you to visit the Jewish quarter and the Sephardic Synagogue.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Torre da Portagem

Departure toward Portugal, visit Portagem and walk on the same road used by Spanish Jews to get away from Spain, after the Alhambra Decree.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Castelo de Marvao

We will take you to Marvão, a charming white medieval village surrounded by stunning landscapes. We will show you the Jewish houses and tell you stories about the Portuguese Jews.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sinagoga de Castelo de Vide

The last stop will be at Castelo de Vide. Inside the medieval castle walls the evidence of a large number of Portuguese Jews, living in harmony with the rest of the Portuguese, will take you on a formidable trip through a time of tolerance and respect. Visit the medieval Synagogue, the 15th century Jewish quarter and discover the importance of crypto-Judaism in Portugal throughout history to the present day.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes