Jewish Heritage tour in Porto
3 km / 1,86 miles
No solo travelers
Price per person
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?
You can book a tour directly up to 8 members. If you are traveling with a larger group, contact us.
We will walk for 3 km / 1,86 miles, and make as many stops as you need.
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!
All tours can be canceled and fully refunded within 30 days prior to the tour.
You will be accompanied a guide that is proficient in Jewish history of Portugal.
Don’t worry, we got you covered! We will register you under our personal accident insurance and civil liability insurance.
What’s not included
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.
You may or may not tip your guide – it is entirely up to you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
Discover the medieval streets of Porto
Afterwards, we will dive in the oldest medieval streets of Porto, where the first Jewish community settled in.
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?
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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!
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.
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.