Jewish Heritage tour in Porto

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Jewish Heritage tour in Porto
Unveil the secrets of the Jewish history of Porto.
Length
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3 km / 1,86 miles

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3h

Language
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English

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Portuguese

Exclusivity
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Private Tour

No solo travelers

Price per person

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money 79€ 59€ 49€ 49€ 45€ 45€ 39€
highlights of the tour

Highlights

Tour highlights

Our Jewish heritage tour in Porto is a balance between learning the Jewish history of the city, while discovering the most important monuments of the city.

You will discover the secret medieval streets of Porto: this is where the city was founded, and where the first Jewish neighborhood of Porto existed!

You will learn about the foundation of the contemporary Jewish community of Porto, but also about the role that the Portuguese Inquisition played in dismantling the medieval Jewish quarters of Porto.

We will also go on a quest to find the last medieval synagogue of Porto, on the last Jewish quarters of the city.

If you are Jewish or simply into medieval history – this tour is for you!

Why book our Jewish Heritage tour in Porto?

Expert guides
In order to create this tour, we not only studied Jewish history and culture but we also visited all the Jewish communities in Portugal and visited kosher food & wine producers. You are in good hands!
Exclusive Access
Exclusive Access
We can will give you exclusive access to the ruins of a former medieval synagogue in Porto.
Find the synagogue
On this tour we will go on a quest to find the last medieval synagogue of Porto!
Privacy
You and your travel companions will be the only people on this tour - you will have the undivided attention of our guide!
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Information

Useful information

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Group Size

You can book a tour directly up to 8 members. If you are traveling with a larger group, contact us.

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Distance walked

We will walk for 3 km / 1,86 miles, and make as many stops as you need.

Family friendly?

We love to welcome kids on our tours, but we must warn you that they might get a bit bored on this particular tour – it is an historical tour of Porto, after all!

Cancelation policy

All tours can be canceled and fully refunded within 30 days prior to the tour.

What’s included

Private Guide

You will be accompanied a guide that is proficient in Jewish history of Portugal.

All insurances required by law

Don’t worry, we got you covered! We will register you under our personal accident insurance and civil liability insurance.

What’s not included

Pick up & Drop off

This is a walking tour of the city, so we do not provide pick up and drop off. Our guide will meet you at the meeting point of this tour.

Gratuities (optional)

You may or may not tip your guide – it is entirely up to you!

Itinerary

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Clérigos tower

The foundation of the contemporary Jewish community

We will start the tour near the Clérigos tower, by listening about the foundation of the contemporary Jewish community of Porto.

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Vitória

The Jewish quarter of Olival

We will then walk in the streets of the Jewish quarter of Olival, where we will learn the history of the Portuguese Inquisition and its terrible role.

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Vitória

Where was the last synagogue of Porto?

Using old documents and testimonials, we will trace back the possible location of the last medieval Synagogue of Porto.

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Vitória

The stairs of the Synagogue

We will also take the opportunity to visit and photograph the former stairs of the synagogue of Porto, which gave access to the Jewish quarters.

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Virtudes

See the location of all the Jewish quarters of Porto

From one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Porto, you will be able to see one of the medieval Jewish quarters of Porto and understand the dynamics of the community throughout the centuries.

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São Bento train station

Learn about Azulejos tiles

We will visit the famous São Bento train station, where our guide will explain you in detail the stories behind its stunning azulejos tiles (I told you this tour was not only about Jewish history!).

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Cathedral of Porto

Learn the history of the cathedral of Porto

After the train station, we will head to the cathedral of Porto, where the city was founded hundreds of years ago.

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Downtown Porto

Discover the medieval streets of Porto

Afterwards, we will dive in the oldest medieval streets of Porto, where the first Jewish community settled in.

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Viewpoint

A toast with a kosher wine

Finally, we will make a toast with a kosher wine at a fantastic viewpoint of the city – is there any better way to end this Jewish Heritage tour in Porto?

Do you have any questions?

Get in touch with us

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Reviews on TripAdvisor

Esther P.

Antwerp, Belgium

I highly, highly recommend going on the Portoalities Jewish Tour. It's extremely informative, and we learned a lot about the storied history of Porto's Jewish community (and the Jewish community in Portugal more broadly). Pedro is a wonderful, thoughtful guide – we couldn't have asked for better. Highly recommended!

Alan F.

New York, USA

Sara was our guide on this wonderful tour. Her knowledge of Jewish and Portuguese history and culture are extensive and her enthusiasm made our learning experience very enjoyable. All of our questions were answered immediately, very often backed up with visual aids which he carried with her. This tour not only enriched our knowledge of Jewish Porto but also served as the basis for our exploring the city for the rest of the week. In short - very highly recommended.

Jonathan N.

Los Angeles, USA

One of the high points of our journey through Iberia was Sara’s Jewish heritage tour of Porto. This is no impersonal, prefab excursion of the sort spoken through a megaphone. Sara draws on her own deep study of Jewish and general Portuguese history and engages her clients in genuine conversation, weaving their questions and interests into her presentation. The tour brought Porto's little-known Jewish past (and present) to life for us and was filled with astute observations about the relation of religion and politics in Portuguese history. The three hours passed quickly and ended with a taste of a kosher wine, which Sara brought to share with us. Don’t miss this tour. You’ll remember it long after.

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