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Lisbon From a Jewish Perspective!        3.5 hours        Easy to moderate walking

Private Walking Tour:

Join an authorized Jewish guide for a private walking tour around Lisbon. Documents of the Jewish people residing in Lisbon dates back to 482 CE. However, historians and archeologists attest to a Jewish presence in Portugal that dates to the time of King Solomon.

Before and during the Age of Discovery, the Jews of Portugal held social and political ranks with the favor of kings, and conciliatory relations between Muslims and Christians alike. These periods were equally marked by inquisitions, forced baptisms and brutal massacres. Join us as we explore the major sights of downtown Lisbon. Along the way discover the amazing story of Marranos (Crypto-Jews), a distinctive Sephardi sub-group in Portugal who survived over 400 years of persecution in secret. At the site of the Inquisitors Palace we reveal stories of famous Portuguese Jews who have contributed to the arts, sciences and politics of the world.

In the Chiado neighborhood, the most important Jewish artifacts in Portugal are hidden in the most unexpected places. In Praça do Comércio learn about Portugal’s own Oskar Schindler, who defied state orders to save thousands of Jews during the second world war.

  1. Major highlights on this walking tour:

  2. The Jewish Quarters Grande and Pequeno, Estaus Palace- tribunal of the Inquisition, Rossio Square- memorial to the massacres of 1506, Carmo Ruins. Plus, much more.

  3. Meeting Place

  4. In the lobby of the guests hotel, cruise ship dock, or at a convenient public location. A map with the exact location  is sent with your email confirmation. The tour follows a downhill route at a casual pace, through narrow streets where cars are restricted.

  5. Schedule:

  6. Year round at 9:30am, or 2:00pm

  7. Includes:

  8. Includes guide and taxes. Entry fees, transfer and food & beverages are additional.

  9. Special Note:

  10. Visits to the orthodox synagogue, (Closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the Jewish cemetery require advanced reservations. These sights are located outside the city center and not easily accessible. We are happy to make your reservation for an independent visit by taxi or private driver at an additional fee.

  11. Price:

  12. €160 starting price  for 2 guests on a private tour, not per person. For larger groups, please contact Lisbon Explorer.

  13. Children 12 years and under are FREE!


2017 to 2018 Jew Museums, Cultural Centers and Monuments Planned for Portugal

  1. Alenquer: Damião de Góis and Victims of Inquisition Museum 

  2. Almeida: Recovery of Sinagoga Almeida - Malhada Sorda 

  3. Belmonte: Belmonte Jewish Museum and Interactive Room 

  4. Bragança: Centre for Culture Interpretation of Sefardita in Northeast Portugal 

  5. Castelo Branco: Recovery of the Medieval Synagogue

  6. Castelo de Vide: Centre for Interpretation Garcia D ´Orta

  7. Coimbra: Mikvah Archeological Ruins

  8. Elvas: Jewish House of History in Elvas 

  9. Leiria: Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Leiria 

  10. Lisboa: Jewish Museum of Lisbon

  11. Monsaraz: Jewish Heritage Center and Inquisition Memorial

  12. Penamacor: The António Ribeiro Shanches Penamacor Sephardic House of Medic Memory 

  13. Porto: Appreciation and Identificação of Hejal in OPorto 

  14. Regengos de Monsaraz: Centre for Interpretation 

  15. Sabugal: Medieval Synagogue Rehabilitation in Vilar Maior

  16. Tomar: Synagogue in Tomar and recovery of the Mikvah

  17. Torres Vedras: Story Center dedicated to Jewish presence. "Casa da cerca da Josefa" 

  18. Trancoso: Bandarra Museum 

  19. Vila Nova de Paiva: Rehabilitation of the Vila Cova à Coelheira Synagogue 

  20. Vilar Formoso: Aristides de Sousa Mendes Life Memorial

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Our tours of Jewish Lisbon are conducted by Paolo Scheffer, a scholar of Jewish History with Lisbon Explorer Walking Tours. Paolo brings the city alive with a fresh and informative style, revealing layers of accurate events and locations which provide a unique look at Lisbon and Portugal from a Jewish perspective.

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Large Private Tours:

Please contact Lisbon Explorer directly and they will work with you to create a personalized itinerary throughout Portugal, or just in Lisbon. Prices are subject to group size and final itinerary.

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