The Jewish presence in Iberia has existed long before Portugal itself became a country.
The city has remains of what was once a typical Jewish Quarter in the Middle Ages: steps, narrow streets and balconied houses.
Take part in a guided visit to the largest synagogue standing on the Iberian Peninsula "Mekor Haim"/The Fountain of Life, founded by Captain Arthur Barros Bastos in 1938 where the "Work of Rescue" began.
Then we will walk through the narrow streets and UNESCO centre from the Sé Cathedral, where the first synagogue was built, to Montes dos Olivais where the Jewish Quarter was situated learning about the city itself as well as is Jewish Heritage.
Once you cross the Douro River, witnessing the breathtaking setting of the city itself, you will finish in a famous port wine cellar for a tour and tasting to appreciate not only the port wine but its culture and influence on this region (optional).
Note: The synagogue is closed for tours on Saturdays for Shabat.
Walk through the old streets to the Sé Cathedral, Montes dos Olivais and where the largest Jewish quarter was set. Visit the biggest synagogue in the Iberian peninsula right here in Porto while being educated about the Jewish heritage and its lasting influence, not only in Porto but throughout Portugal.
There will be a stop for lunch and some free time for shopping or taking photos, etc.
Option: Visit a famous port wine cellar for a tour and tasting.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup at the port, hotel or requested location.
End location: Drop off at the port, hotel or requested location.
Duration: 6 hours
Note: The synagogue is closed for tours on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Tour can be customized based on the guests' requests. Wear comfortable walking shoes; terrain is uneven with cobblestones.
Guests will be driven in a private air conditioned Mercedes tour vehicle
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 € - Lunch, entrance fee to the synagogue and visit to a port wine cellar (optional).
I have a tour company licensed under the nº 681/2015 by Tourism of Portugal.
I am not an official guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.
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Orquidea was a wonderful guide. She was pleasant and very knowledgeable. We were able to visit the Synagogue in Porto which was a treat. She took us all around Porto which wasn't easy due to the amazingly heavy traffic. Her car was a Mercedes and very comfortable and she is a terrific driver. She explained the various sights in Porto clearly as her English is excellent. She took us to a Port wine tasting as well. If you want a terrific tour of Jewish Porto, Orquidea is an excellent choice.