Jewish Rural Portugal

Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Alvoco da Serra, Belmonte, Caria, Castelo Novo, Coimbra, Gouveia, Idanha-a-velha, Linhares da Beira, Loriga, Manteigas, Penha Garcia, Piodão, Sabugueiro, Sortelha, Torre, Vale do Rossim - Portugal




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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.
Private tour from 6.685€ for 2 persons
For more than 2 persons, please ask for a quote


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.

These families fostered an original type of communal rural Jewish life; however, they were open to different Jewish lifestyles and beliefs. Moreover, their crypto-Jewish ancestors secretly retained their faith since the Inquisition.

Many rural Jewish communities in this region of Portugal sought a better way of 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 area was dedicated to woolen goods, which they intensified with their arrival.

In conclusion, they came to a prosperous region of Portugal where they could work on woolen, cheese, milk, fabric, and 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 practiced their religion secretly inside their 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.

Extend your experience by meeting the local Culture. Therefore, we have prepared the authentic Portuguese experience based on: scenery, history, food & drink, local Culture, and heritage.

Private tour from 6.685€ for 2 persons
For more than 2 persons, please ask for a quote

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  • Pick up e Drop off
  • Mandatory fees
  • Wi-Fi and bottled water on board
  • Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
  • All taxes
  • Public liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Boat trip in Aveiro
  • Entrance and guided tour of 4 synagogues
  • Visit Jewish museum in Belmonte
  • Visit to a Quinta with wine tasting in the Douro
  • Accomodation
  • Food and drinks, unless specified on Tour Includes
  • Entrance fees, unless specified on Tour Includes



  • Lisbon airport, hotel and cruise transfers to and from all destinations in Portugal
  • Transport up to 8 adult passengers
  • Free Wi-Fi in all vehicles
  • Special rates for airport and cruise transfers
  • We will meet you inside the airport terminal arrivals and holding a sign with your name written on it
  • High quality service
  • Contact us and let us know:
    • Your name and destination
    • Arrival / Departure Date
    • Flight number
    • Email: [email protected]

Changes and Cancellations by Real Embrace Portugal

Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the booking do to weather and/or other conditions. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change, such as change in departure time, becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible your tours begins. When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. If booking is cancelled we will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings for multiday tours, group tours and packages with Real Embrace Portugal, considering the situation of exception that we live, refunds will be made up to 24 hours before in case the customer cancels the tour. Cancellation requests must be made by email.

Changes made by clients

Any changes made after booking confirmation will not be refundable, and the resulting costs will be considered extras and paid by the customer.

Tours - Spoken languages

  • Our tours are spoken in portuguese, english, spanish and french.

Tour - several days

  • Private – Our tours are always private (just you and guide/driver);
  • Custom-made – The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences;
  • Tour Lenght – Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel);
  • Schedule: flexible according to customers’ needs;
  • Minimum group of 2 people and maximum 8 people;
  • The values ​​indicated are per person and vary depending on the number of people;
  • For larger groups contact by email [email protected];
  • Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget;

Covid-19 Prevention Measures

Relevant information for groups: Our tours are private.
  • Covid-19 vaccination required for our guides;
  • Our drivers have safety and health training;
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to passengers by driver every time before entering the vehicle;
  • The driver will wear a face mask at all times and will keep a safe distance from customers avoiding close contact, handshakes, etc.;
  • Luggage will only be handle with customers authorization;
  • The driver will use sanitizing products to continually clean the main contact areas inside and outside the vehicle (handles,seat belts, etc.);
  • For safety reasons our vehicles will not provide magazines and water bottles. We apologize for this inconvenience;
  • Upon completion of each tour, our cleaning team will carry out a thorough cleaning with anti-bacterial products.

Tour Plan

Day 1 - Overnight in Sabugueiro Lisbon, Coimbra, Sabugueiro

Schedule: 9:00h

Welcome 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 Loriga, Alvoco da Serra

Schedule: 9:00h

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 Vale do Rossim, Manteigas, Torre

Schedule: 9:00h

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 Piodão

Schedule: 9:00h

Visit to Piodão, 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 Piodão into a true treasure.

Day 5 - Overnight in Belmonte Linhares da Beira, Gouveia, Belmonte

Schedule: 9:00h

We depart from the elderberry towards Linhares on the edge of the historic village. Here we will visit the Jewish quarter and what was the synagogue of this community. Departure to Gouveia where we will visit the house of Jewish experience and the Jewish quarter. Here we have lunch. after lunch we depart towards Belmonte.

Day 6 - Overnight in Belmonte Belmonte, Sortelha

Schedule: 9:00h

On this day we visit the magnificent historic village of Sortelha where we can see several Jewish dwellings as well as the respective cruciform marks. From here we return to Belmonte to visit the Jewish museum, synagogue and Jewish quarter.

Day 7 - Overnight Monfortinho Caria, Castelo Novo, Monfortinho

Schedule: 9:00h

Visit to the village of Caria and its Jewish quarter. we also visited the museum area of ​​the tower house. We will now leave towards the new castle, a historic village on the slope of the Gardunha mountain range, which was once Templar. Now it's time to leave for Monfortinho.

Day 7 - Overnight Monfortinho Caria, Castelo Novo, Monfortinho

Schedule: 9:00h

Visit to the village of Caria and its Jewish quarter. we also visited the museum area of ​​the tower house. We will now leave towards the new castle, a historic village on the slope of the Gardunha mountain range, which was once Templar. Now it's time to leave for Monfortinho.

Day 8 - Overnight Monfortinho Monsanto, Penha Garcia

Schedule: 9:00h

Today we visit the most Portuguese village in Portugal, Monsanto. Here we will see the typical granite houses with huge boulders serving as a facade. Still time to visit the area where the Jewry was located. return to our hotel in Monfortinho.

Day 9 - Overnight in Monfortinho Idanha-a-Velha

Schedule: 9:00h

Idanha-a-velha, a historic village and an important Roman center, offers us a unique monumental complex in this region. Templar defense point and Arab occupation have many stories to tell us. Return to the hotel in Monfortinho.

Day 10 - Overnight in Lisbon Portas de Rodão, Lisbon

Schedule: 9:00h

Visit to Portas de Rodão a scenic area with breathtaking views to include a boat ride in River Tejo and lunch
Arrival to Lisbon. End of the tour.

Day 11 - Lisbon

Transfer Lisbon Airport

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