Serra Estrela Tour

Discover a Portugal made of stones, waterfalls, and rock formations in unusual ways. Then, through the trees and along the waterways, explore the typical mountain villages full of genuine people.

Serra Estrela Tour

Our private Portugal tours to Serra da Estrela from Lisbon continue through the rye fields and swamps, where the sheep are out to graze. Finally, nears the cascades (of Fervença and Covão da Ursa), we reach the highest village in Portugal (1080 meters):

Sabugueiro. Located in the heart of Serra da Estrela, there is the largest glacial valley in Europe and Vale do Rossim. It is part of the Bioenergetic Reserve of the National Park of Serra da Estrela; its beauty and scientific, environmental value is undeniable.

It is a place of extreme beauty formed by an immense lagoon that was one of the best pastures for the transhumance flocks. Nowadays, we can practice leisure activities here as abseiling, walking tours, and canoeing, among others.

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We continue the private tour to Serra da Estrela towards Manteigas and start a guided tour to Burel Factory. A milestone in the Town of Manteigas and the Portuguese wool production history. After lunch we go up to Covão da Metade and to Nave de Santo António.

Discover one of our Portugal tours of the most well-preserved villages in Serra da Estrela. Integrated into the recovery program of the Historical Villages of Portugal and classified as “public interest heritage,” Piódão is in Serra do Açor, involved in a unique landscape.
The inhabitants are mainly farmers and shepherds, but, in recent years, tourism has been responsible for giving a new life to this village, mitigating against the effective desertification.

An amphitheater layout houses with walls made of schist, windows painted in a blue used in the Maghreb, and roofs in black slate turn the village of Piódão into a true treasure.

Portugal Guided Tours

Our Portugal guided tours to Serra da Estrela are also about local houses, the village’s trademark, composed of two floors. The first floor is the residence, and the ground floor stores the cattle food, both of them protected by a wooden cross decorated with laurel and olive leaves. Which invokes the protection of Santa Bárbara and keeps “what you can see and what you can’t.”

Mountain villages

The village of Cabeça is known for the homemade soups prepared by the population. We invite you to try the chestnut soup with pork loin or the vegetable soup prepared the old-fashioned way. Here the landscape is characterized by terraces, and their complex irrigation network forms part of the village’s historical heritage.

From the buildings in the village stands out the Church, in honor of Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Painted in white, it contracts from other churches in Beira, similar to the churches in the country’s south.
Our Portugal tours visit the community barn floor where the cereals are dried and threshed. In addition, the fountain of Algares (a small spring with an ogival arch built in schist) are places to visit.

With approximately 200 inhabitants, farming activity is based on traditional methods. However, when Christmas comes, this village becomes an authentic Christmas crib. The rural houses made of schist are the village’s trademark.
Loriga is one of the most beautiful lands in the mountain, thanks to its extraordinary landscape and geographical location. Time to discover the only river beach located in a glacial valley in Serra da Estrela.
We head to Alvoco da Serra, located between Loriga and Unhais da Serra. The natural resources and the strength of men turned this village, until the mid-eighteenth century, into a vital wool production center. In addition, it has a rich artistic heritage, especially sacred art (Main Church and São Pedro Chapel).
Here we can see the immense glacial valley extending as far as Manteigas. We continue going up and now to the highest point in the mountain, Torre!
Our tour can be costumed to specific interests.

Jewish Alentejo

This is how Alentejo is, a land of healthy people who entrust the most moving story to the olive trees. And this is the story of the Jewish route. It could be the Jewish presence in a piece of architecture or gastronomy or in that heritage of memories that bounces from generation to generation.

Jewish Alentejo

Welcome to the most beautiful of stories
There is a story we want to tell you.

Maybe we can whisper it in your ear. It’s a story of people, traditions, knowledge, and flavors. A story revealed by the great masters kept forever in endless secrets.

It will enchant you and make you race through the next chapter, far away, where the plain rests, warm, wide, and inviting.

Alentejo is like that, a land of healthy people, and that entrusts the olive trees with the most touching story. And this is the story of the Jewish path. So, in the end, I can only give you one piece of advice: follow the trace of your heart.

Walk through the whitewashed villages, towns, and cities, where time asks for more time to enjoy them. And know that it can be everything. It can be the Jewish presence in a piece of architecture, food, or heritage of memories that hops from generation to generation.

Record every moment. High in your heart and with an open chest. Alentejo never betrays you and always tells you the most beautiful of all stories.

Óbidos and Nazaré Tour from Lisbon

From a medieval setting to the most beautiful story of forbidden love and the big epic waves surf foiling in Nazaré. Discover the taste and tradition of being at the table. Get to know the monasteries, museums and wrap your gaze in the orange and pink of the sunset.

Óbidos and Nazaré

On this Óbidos Nazaré tour from Lisbon, we visited Óbidos, a medieval town of Queens, a witness of weddings and royal baptisms, was a wedding gift from King D. Dinis to D. Isabel.

Occupied by successive civilizations (as the whole country) stands on the steep summit of the majestic castle. Reminding those who visit it, other times when it was part of the defensive pentagon of the Portuguese kingdom, designed by the Templar Knights for the central area of Portugal.

The narrow streets, the alleys, the whitewashed houses surround the village in a medieval atmosphere. The vibrant daily life with handicraft shops, taverns, and local markets gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.

One of the most typical drinks you can enjoy is the ginjinha, a liqueur made by infusing “ginja” berries (served in chocolate glasses). Land of the great Portuguese painter Josefa De Óbidos, the village stands between walls.

Our visit starts at the city gate, where we can see the 16th-century pillory (symbol of the county’s judicial autonomy).

Nazaré became famous worldwide by the giant waves surfed by Garret MacNamara. But what awaits us is a delicious lunch experience provided by fresh fish—grilled on the grill or in “Nazarene stew,” many options.

For those who enjoy it, the tasty seafood will not be missing. At the end of lunch, we walk a little along the waterfront, where we can see the fish drying on the colorful “pancakes” (boards with net).

We go up to the “site” of Nazaré, where we enjoy the spectacular view of the beach, the fishing, and the recreational port. Between legends and reality, we visit the chapel of Memory and the Shrine of Our Lady of Nazaré (optional). We will have the opportunity to see Nazarene women in their typical costumes: the seven skirts.

In the afternoon, towards Alcobaça, we will appreciate one of the most important Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The richness of the waters, the Alcoa and Baça rivers, and the need to populate the territory determined the place where, in 1153, the monks of the Cistercian order founded their magnificent monastery, protected by the first king of Portugal.

Recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, the monastery also includes two medieval sculptural pieces of rare beauty. The tombs of Pedro and Inês, a love perpetuated by the great writer and poet Luís Vaz de Camões.

Before leaving we advise you to visit some shops with local handicrafts. We highlight the cheetah articles (printed cotton fabric characteristic of Alcobaça) made by a few artisans.

Our tour continues in Batalha, referring to Portugal’s independence at the end of the 14th century: Aljubarrota. Elected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória was built to fulfill a vow made by D. João I to the Virgin.

A tremendous architectural ensemble and one of the most beautiful churches in Europe, in Gothic style, awaits us.

In the square D. João I, the Equestrian Monument of the Constable D. Nuno Álvares Pereira reminds us of the great commander of the Portuguese army. Around it, pleasant outdoor cafes invite us to enjoy the conventual sweets.

Porto and Douro Valley Tour

This four-day, three-night tour invites you to get to know two of Portugal’s most beautiful provinces: the Douro Litoral and the Alto Douro Vinhateiro.
We will visit cities, regions, and monuments. Due to its historical identity and historical-cultural and religious richness, it has been classified as a World Heritage Site.

Porto and Douro Valley Tour

Experience the majestic Douro Valley in this Porto and Douro valley tour and the beautiful city of Porto on this guided adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region from an informative local guide and explore Porto landmarks like the historic cathedral, Belle-Époque café, and Lello bookshop. Then, cruise down the Douro River and visit the old city of Lamego.

Start the day with a magnificent view of the Serra do Pilar before exploring the majestic city of Porto. See the hill of the old cathedral and the outer medieval Fernandine walls (Muralha Fernandina), completed during the reign of King Fernando.

Next, visit the Majestic Café, a Belle-Époque café with ornate interiors of carved wood. It is considered one of the ten most beautiful cafes in the world.
We continue our Porto Douro valley tour to Aliados Square (Praça da Liberdade) to look at the statue of King Peter IV and admire the Art Nouveau architecture.
São Bento train station. The atrium is covered in 20.000 tiles hand-painted by the painter and potter Jorge Colaço. These white and blue tiles express the history of means of transport and the history of Portugal. A unique open Art in Porto!

The historical center of Porto city is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here you can see the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange) and the Church of S. Francisco on the way to the pleasant riverside neighborhoods of Ribeira and Miragaia.
Enjoy a Wine tasting and visit the cellars of one of the oldest wineries in Douro Valley.

Visit the Pinhão Village by the river Douro.
On Douro Valley, you will enjoy a boat ride of 1 hour upstream of the river with the fantastic landscaping with the vineyards built in terraces on both sides of the river.
Overnight in Peso da Régua.

Pátio do Museu Judaico de Belmonte na Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Jewish Rural Portugal

It is a story of people, traditions, knowledge, and flavors, from the green mountains to the north and the schist villages. They stand proudly on the granite hills, guarding memories of other times, of bloody battles, but also celebrations and royal weddings.


Jewish Rural Portugal

Our Jewish rural tour in Portugal is about the vibrant Jewish Culture. We came up with this tour because it’s essential to reveal one of the unique Jewish legacies in our country: the Jewish rural Portugal. Therefore, because of cultural and religious values and financial contributions, these Jews have also changed their lives where they decided to settle down.

These families foster 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.

Many rural Jewish Communities located in this region of Portugal sought a better way of life escaping from Spain after the Edit of 1492 made by the Catholic Monarchs. This mountain area was the perfect location, hidden from harassment and persecution. Plus, this was an area dedicated to woolen goods that they have intensified with their arrival.

In conclusion, they came to a prosperous region of Portugal where they could work on woolen, cheese, milk, Fabrik, cattle.

Discover a territory with significant Jewish traditions and heritage in Portugal. They started with small Jewish communes with around 50 Jews in the middle of the 15th century. After that, they became almost 200. We find local Jewish family names: Adida, Abenazo, Baruc, Faravam, Navarro, and Zacuto. They will become a reference in Portugal’s Jewish history.

They practice their religion in secrecy, inside their own homes to avoid the Inquisition. The Portuguese Jews practiced this Hebrew culture, 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 also want to extend your experience, meet the locals and their Culture in this Center area of Portugal. Therefore, we have prepared for you the authentic Portuguese experience based on: scenery, history, food & drink, local Culture, and heritage.

 

Serra Arrábida Tour

We have a surprise for you. Discover three magical and enchanting places where history is written on the stones. Between mountains and ocean, from the vineyards of Arrábida to the Art of Tile, to religion, discover a natural place of exceptional value.

Serra Arrábida Tour

On this private tour, you will visit Parque Natural da Arrábida, a 42-mile protected habitat in the district of Setúbal. That offers you some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the Lisbon area.

Marvel at the mountainous landscapes and cliffs reaching the ocean. Look for unique flora and fauna. Then, sunbathe on two of the park’s spectacular beaches popular with the locals, Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha.

One of the most scenic areas of Portugal overlooking the beaches is a former monastery established in the 16th century. The monastery complex was designed for complete reclusion from the outside world. It featured small rooms or “cells” where the monks would meditate.

We continue our Arrábida tour from Lisbon to visit the port city of Setúbal, a charming old seafaring town. Here we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal and local wine. Dominating the skyline above Setúbal is the Fort of São Filipe, an example of 17th-century military architecture.

Today the fort is a beautiful hotel with a chapel decorated with traditional blue and white-glazed tiles. You will get a fantastic view of the Sado River and the Tróia Peninsula from the defense.

At the foot of the Arrábida mountains, our tour will continue among the vineyards and olive and cork trees in the town of Azeitão. Here you will visit a tile factory to admire traditional Portuguese tiles. Learn the techniques involved in producing them, and make one of your own to take home or buy one as a souvenir.

We will also tour the Bacalhoa Palace and its beautifully manicured gardens.

Our day ends with a stop at the Bacalhoa winery for a glass of wine or two.

Thank you for joining us in this Arrábida tour from Lisbon.

Sintra and Cascais Tour

Welcome to the most beautiful of stories. Discover the village of painters, musicians, poets, and aristocrats. Record every moment of magic and mystery of this charming place.

​Sintra and Cascais Tour

Join us on the perfect way to discover Sintra, Cascais, and the west Portuguese coastline in this private tour. Enjoy exploring romantic Palaces, castles, cottages, exotic gardens, and charming parks. Get inspired by the architecture, craggy mountainous scenery, rich history, and spectacular scenery; Home of the Portuguese royalty, and poets such as Lord Byron, who described Sintra as a ‘Glorious Eden.’

Inhale peace and exhale happiness in this unique, seductive, and romantic village. Its landscape and heritage earned it the title of world heritage, classified by UNESCO. Attended by painters, musicians, poets, and aristocrats gained a cultural dynamic visible in the town’s architectural legacy.

Explore the beauty of the town center with its narrow streets and flower-topped balconies. Enjoy the town’s delicacies – travesseiros, a puff pastry filled with almond cream, queijadas, a sweet cake of cheese, eggs, milk, and sugar.

Time to enjoy the westernmost point of the European continent, Cabo da Roca, located at the far end of the Sintra Mountains, undoubtedly one of Portugal’s most emblematic places.

Discover beauty everywhere along the seashore with astonishing views through the Rockies. Marvel with the city of Cascais, once a fisherman village, and its gorgeous bay; Museums, exquisite gardens, architecture, and medieval fortress, as well as a cultural legacy, home to many personalities.

Museu Judaico de Belmonte, na Serra da Estrela.

Old Jewish Quarters Route

There is a story we want to tell you. From the green mountains to the north, the vineyards of the Douro and the schist villages. Enjoy centuries-old traditions and pages of history. Record every moment of that heritage of memories that bounces from generation to generation.

Old Jewish Quarters Route

Discover Jewish Portugal through our Heritage tour. Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors, and learn about ancient Jewish traditions. In this journey, you will discover Portugal’s Jewish communities.

Portugal Jewish history was about to be transformed! Until their expulsion in 1496, Jews in Portugal had been an integrated value for Portuguese culture. As a result, Catholic Monarchs gave them two choices; leave or convert. Rich or poor jews were made equal and forced to either adopt Catholic tradition or find a new home. With this, Portuguese Jewish communities ended.

Consequently, most traveled over North Europe and America; others traveled to Constantinople, Netherlands, Brasil, United States, or Greece. As a result, they left behind their possessions, property, beloved towns, cities, and villages.

Jewish Portugal tour is about traveling through a Jewish past that is always present. So let us guide you by an eight days Jewish Portugal heritage tour through the heart of soul of Jewish Portugal.

Our Jewish heritage tour in this region of Portugal will be a chance for you to discover one of the most beautiful regions in our country. This region has been the meeting place of three great cultures and religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islamism.

Since the 15th century, persecutions, convictions, forced conversions destroyed this Jewish community. However, all those nicknamed “New Christians” continued secretly inside their homes, honoring their religion and resisting assimilation.

The old Jewish quarter’s route looks at a heritage of great value. But, unfortunately, it is not always visible because it has been subjected to multiple destructions and pressures.

But we also want to extend your Jewish Heritage tour on local culture, history, and gastronomy. So this will be a tour where you will get to know locals and their culture in this North/Center area of Portugal. For that, we have prepared for you unique experiences all along the way.

Lisbon Tour

According to legend, Lisbon was founded by Ulysses. The name derives from “Olissipo,” a word which, in turn, has its origin in the Phoenician terms “Allis Ubbo,” which means “charming port.”

Lisbon Tour

Join us in exploring the best of Lisbon’s soul on a private tour that takes you to the heart of Lisbon, its parks, and historic neighborhoods. Visit the Belém quarter, home to the Discoveries Monument marking Portugal’s Golden Age of Exploration.

Enjoy Alfama and Mouraria, the oldest neighborhoods of our city, a lovely area filled with winding streets, alleys, small squares, colorful houses, tiled houses, cafés, churches, and lookout points with stunning views. Find hidden city treasures: tiles, Fado music, and street art.

Learn about the legends and stories of love between Moorish women and Christian soldiers. And the rich culture that results from many influences, including Celtic, Roman, Phoenician, Germanic, Visigoth, Viking, Sephardi Jewish, and Moorish.

Now it is time to visit the remarkable Belém quarter, which is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Here you will see the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Then, finally, the waiting reward of the day, the famous custard egg tart of Belem.

Elétrico amarela em Alfama, Lisboa. Um percurso do Tour Judaico

Lisbon Jewish Tour

There is a story we want to tell you. A story revealed by the great masters forever preserved in endless secrets. It could be the Jewish presence in a piece of architecture or gastronomy or in that heritage of memories that bounces from generation to generation.

The City of Thousand Stories

Can you imagine all the stories that Lisbon has to tell you? What you have to do is sharpen your eyes. Come with us and discover legends and secrets lost in the cobblestones, kept in the magical stone vaults of the houses, in the bubbling of forgotten recipes, and, always, in the traditions. Be enchanted by the Jewish itinerary that remains steadfast around every corner, in the treading of every step. It is preserved in the city’s memory that shines in the sun and welcomes everyone in its unforgettable light.

And let’s start. Its name is Alfama, and you will never forget it. It keeps a secular history of narrow and labyrinthine streets where the old Jewish quarters are the hosts on duty. We only help you to unveil its paths. And we go with the Tagus waving, always close and clear. All you have to do is follow the route of Bairro da Pedreira, the oldest; that of Alfama, the Old Judiaria, and the New or Taracenas Judiaria. And there is an instant that will be engraved forever in the memory of your trip: the beautiful Manueline portal of the Church of Conceição Velha. But there is more, much more. The Tagus goes arm in arm with you to the Praça do Comércio, formerly the Terreiro do Paço. It is the site of so many events that marked the history of the Jews in the capital. Take a deep breath, and there is much to behold. It is a rigorous layout of the Pombaline downtown, where the majestic Portuguese cobblestones come on stage, unique, rare, and precious.

The Lisbon Memorial

It is called Augusta Street (Rua Augusta, Portuguese name). It tells centuries of history, but in the 21st century, you will keep it as your own. Today it is an amalgam of colors, artists, stores, and cafes. It is elected as one of the most beautiful in the capital. Look up, place yourself in a strategic point to admire it: it is the “Arco da Rua Augusta.” Hold your breath and head towards D. Pedro IV Square; it’s Rossio. Here you will have to hold your breath again. The D. Maria II Theater is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Today, it is located where the Estaus Palace (Inquisition Headquarters) used to be.

The Jewish route follows the beating of your heart and asks you to stop at this Largo de São Domingos, where a memorial stands in honor of the thousands of Jewish victims of the 1506 massacre.

Body and soul are already asking for rest. After all, there is already so much to keep. We taste a typical dish and leave a hint for those who have not yet tasted this delicacy. It arrived in Lisbon in the 15th century, from Asia, and you can choose “with them or without them”… guess what?

Pulled together, let yourself go, sharpen your eyes, remember?

There are more stories to unveil, honor, and share in the eternal pacts between beauty and art, where Lisbon’s Jewish history lies. Now it is time to present it: Lisbon’s Synagogue, Shaaré Tikvá, built from scratch since the official destruction of Portuguese Judaism in 1497. And we are already close to Largo do Carmo. You will feel the mysticism of this cosmopolitan corner that harbors a medieval era, where the oldest Jewish quarter in Lisbon, the one in Bairro da Pedreira, may have existed. Can you board this time machine?

Save the wisdom of essential elements of the Jewish community in the great epic of the Portuguese Discoveries. Their scientific and navigational studies helped trace the routes of the great seas and the designs of the new lands. And that is why they are already in Belém, with the Tagus in their arms. The Jerónimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries are also heirs to the Jewish presence in Lisbon. Can you still imagine all the stories that this city has to tell you?

Jewish Tomar Heritage Tour

The trip that we propose to you is a close look at an undeniable heritage in the old synagogues, even if transformed, in the museums and one of Portugal’s most important Jewish communities. With our tour, we tour the streets where the tiny one-story houses register the marks of a Jewish past in Tomar.


Jewish Tomar Heritage Tour

Get a closer look at Jewish Tomar heritage through this full-day tour from Lisbon. Discover Tomar and its Jewish Heritage from your guide as you walk through old Jewry.
In our Jewish Tomar Heritage tour, you’ll visit: most ancient and only Proto-Renaissance Hebrew Temple in Portugal as well Luso-Hebrew Museum Abrãao Zacuto.

The Jews of Tomar

Built between 1430 and 1460 by Infante D. Henrique, the Tomar synagogue represents the Jewish community’s considerable importance in this city since the 14th century. Firstly in service to Temple Order, after for the Order of Christ.

Our Jewish Heritage tour begins at Tomar synagogue, one of the oldest in the country. After centuries of being defiled, it was recovered by Polish engineer Samuel Schwarz in the 1st 20th century half. This building is in the old medieval Jewry. Meanwhile, archaeological excavations discovered water heating structures and carvings, proving the existence of areas for purifying baths.

Tomar Jewish tour continues at Praça da República where we take an opportunity to appreciate São João Batista Church Manueline façade. These old building windows are a postcard to this city beside Nabão River.

Now our tour is at Templar Castle and Convent, Temple Order headquarters. Its architectural beauty, emphasizing octagonal Charola (late 12th century) and Manueline window, has classified it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We finish this tour at the Convent of Christ. Thank you for visiting Tomar Jewish Heritage.

Fátima and Tomar Tour

Be inspired by history. By the Knights of the Order of the Temple and know what their former see. Discover one of the most important places of Marian worship that pilgrims come to from worldwide. ​

Fátima and Tomar Tour

On our tours to Fátima and Tomar from Lisbon, we visit one of the most important shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main pilgrimage festivals take place from May to October on the 13th day of each month.

We dedicate our tour to the sanctuary area, where some of the reported apparitions took place for the three shepherd children.

After we also visit Aljustrel, the shepherd’s village, and shepherds’ home and shepherds well. Our last visit is Valinhos, another apparition site of the Virgin Mary, to the three children.

On the way now to discover Tomar, the Templar City of Portugal. By exploring the historical town’s center, at Republic Square to see the Manueline facade of the St. John Baptist church and the typical windows of the old buildings known as a postcard of this city.

Our tour continues to the Tomar Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar. A Unesco’s World Heritage Site has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture that later became the Order of Christ construction of which occurred between the 12th and 17th centuries.