The Lisbon Jewish Tour is a full-day private tour focused on the connection between the Portuguese and the Jewish history and traditions. Learn more about the Jewish history in Lisbon and visit its best sites.
We will visit: Alfama district known as the old Jewish Quarter, St. Domingos’ Church, the Shaaré Tikva Synagogue and many other sites.
Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).
The tour highlights recommend some places to visit, however, there are others that may interest you, so we list some of them on ‘optional visits and experiences’. Our main goal is to provide you an unforgettable day therefore we have the flexibility to customize the itinerary according to your preferences and tour length.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting points.
There are no guided visits on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Jewish Festivals and Bank Holidays. Visits are open from 9 AM to 12 PM and from 2 PM to 5 PM. To participate in the religious services on Shabbat, please contact us.
Our tours are escorted by very experienced expert guides, all of whom work with us full time. With excellent English, permission to skip lines and expertise that came from real-life experience and on-the-ground knowledge, they are the key to accessing hidden gems and experiencing the true authenticity of our culture. Our guides are non-smoking.
The city of Lisbon has a strong connection to the Jewish community. A long and intricate history that began before the foundation of the kingdom of Portugal, through years of persecution and religious intolerance, by World War II, when Lisbon was a harbor of refuge for 10,000 refugees to this day.
The neighborhood of Alfama is a labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleys. It is the oldest quarter of the city and the place where a small Jewish quarter was located in the 14th century. It is also the birthplace of Fado, the typical song of Lisbon, classified as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The 13th century old Saint Dominic’s church was the first Dominican church of Lisbon. For centuries it was considered the most important church in Lisbon where beautiful royal weddings and christenings, were held. But it was also the site of the Easter Slaughter, a three-day massacre, in the 1506, during which 2.000 people accused of being Jews, were persecuted, tortured and killed.
After this episode the church has been destroyed on several occasions by earthquakes and a brutal fire in 1959. Its impressive interior decorated in gilded woodcarvings and valuable paintings was destroyed. It reopened in 1994 and the marks of the fire were left exposed on the church walls giving it a unique and fascinating atmosphere. Today, there’s a monument and a mural in the square outside the church, inaugurated in 2008, that reads “Lisbon, City of Tolerance” in 34 languages recalling the terrible episode of 1506 and paying a tribute to the Jewish victims.
The Judaism in Portugal changed in the beginning of the 19th century, when the Sephardi Jews from Morocco and Gibraltar, mostly merchants, started to migrate to Lisbon. During the 19th century, the Jewish community of Lisbon had no formal synagogue and had to celebrate their religious rites in private houses. When the construction of the Lisbon’s Synagogue began its main facade had to face an inner courtyard because the Portuguese law at the time forbade non-Catholic temples from facing the street. Shaaré Tikvah Synagogue (Gates of Hope) was finally opened in 1904 and is still used today.
The main area of interest is Praça do Comércio, one of the largest squares in Europe and, for many centuries, the main entrance of the city of Lisbon. With a marvelous view of the Tagus River, Praça do Comércio extends to the unmissable Cais das Colunas. This square is full of terraces and restaurants where you can enjoy the landscape and Lisbon’s pace. To get to the city center, you must pass through the Arch of Triumph and walk along Augusta street.
Launching point for the Portuguese discoveries, with significant historic monuments in a beautiful open riverside setting. Here you can visit the Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument, visit the church of the Jerónimos Monastery and taste the world-famous custard tarts of Belém.
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LS Low Season: Nov 1st to Dec 14th & Jan 11th to Mar 31st
HS High Season: April, June, July, August & Dec 15th to Jan 10th
SS Special Season: May, September & October
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Visit the most important sites of the Crypto-Jews communities.
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