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.
After passing the largest synagogue standing on the Iberian Peninsula "Mekor Haim"/The Fountain of Life, founded by Captain Arthur Barros Bastos in 1938, you will visit the newly opened Jewish Museum and learn all about the Jewish Heritage in Portugal. (Note that the synagogue is not open for visits).
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, witness the breathtaking setting of the city itself, you will finish in a port wine cellar for a tour and tasting to appreciate not only the port wine but its influence on this region (optional).
Note: The synagogue invites members to attend Shabbat on Saturday (to be organized through the synagogue directly).
Walk through the old streets to the Sé Cathedral, Montes dos Olivais and where the largest Jewish quarter was set. Pass by the synagogue, visit the Jewish Museum 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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
Note: The synagogue is closed for tours. Members can attend Shabbat services 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 Jewish Museum 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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Our guide arranged a visit to the Porto synagogue and gave us a thorough tour of the city. She took us to an excellent restaurant for lunch and then to a Port wine tasting at Churchill's Port distillery. She had a good command of the English language.