Old Jewish Quarters Walking Tour

3 hr

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Get to know the medieval Golden Age and rough times of the People of the Book by walking along the old alleys and streets of Porto, and knowing the true Dark Ages where the Sephardi Jews lived.

Following a chronological line, the lifetime of the Jews in the Iberian Peninsula was made of ups and downs, this 3 hours walking tour encompasses their story, life and ancient remnants in Porto. Start your tour at the...
Get to know the medieval Golden Age and rough times of the People of the Book by walking along the old alleys and streets of Porto, and knowing the true Dark Ages where the Sephardi Jews lived.

Following a chronological line, the lifetime of the Jews in the Iberian Peninsula was made of ups and downs, this 3 hours walking tour encompasses their story, life and ancient remnants in Porto. Start your tour at the Cathedral’s old quarter and visit the street where one of the synagogues was located. Afterwards, move to the Miragaia quarter and notice that the people of the Great Diaspora tried to adapt to the Christians’ lifestyle by working alongside with them, with a huge proximity to the river Douro. Then, the Olive Field quarter was one of the ultimate Jewish urban phenomenon, with a few traces from the past and the chance to admire the memorial tablet referring about the 1496 Expelling Order by the king Manuel I.
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Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), Terreiro Se, Porto 4050-573 Portugal

We shall start our experience in one of the oldest quarters of Porto. The first presence of Jews in Porto go back to the Phoenician travels, following the Medieval times in Portugal. In this area, we'll witness the old alleys where the Jews lived during Porto's Dark Ages.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Miradouro da Vitoria, Rua Sao Bento da Vitoria 11, Porto 4050-543 Portugal

The heart of Judaism in Porto is located here. In fact, the Olive Field Quarter as a well-preserved ghetto, a city inside the city centre and Jews experienced a Golden Age just before the 1496 Law. We still have urbanism remnants located in this old quarter.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Jardim Municipal do Horto das Virtudes, Rua Azevedo de Albuquerque, Porto 4050-076 Portugal

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), Terreiro Se, Porto 4050-573 Portugal

We shall start our experience in one of the oldest quarters of Porto. The first presence of Jews in Porto go back to the Phoenician travels, following the Medieval times in Portugal. In this area, we'll witness the old alleys where the Jews lived during Porto's Dark Ages.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Miradouro da Vitoria, Rua Sao Bento da Vitoria 11, Porto 4050-543 Portugal

The heart of Judaism in Porto is located here. In fact, the Olive Field Quarter as a well-preserved ghetto, a city inside the city centre and Jews experienced a Golden Age just before the 1496 Law. We still have urbanism remnants located in this old quarter.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Jardim Municipal do Horto das Virtudes, Rua Azevedo de Albuquerque, Porto 4050-076 Portugal

Legend says the Garden of Virtudes once served as a burial ground for the Jews. We'll admire this green landscape, facing the Douro River.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ribeira Square, Praca Ribeira 1, Porto 4050-513 Portugal

The heart of tourism, cultural and social life of the city. Even in this old area, the Jews settled their own private business as tailors, merchants, doctors and goldsmiths.

Duration: 30 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • A walking tour with an experienced History tour guide.
  • Entry/Admission - Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
  • Entry/Admission - Ribeira Square
  • Entry/Admission - Jardim Municipal do Horto das Virtudes
  • Entry/Admission - Miradouro da Vitoria
Not Included
  • Synagogue visit not included.
Departure Point
Porto Cathedral, Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Traveler pickup is offered
The meeting point is in front of the Cathedral. However, if it's a private tour the meeting point can be in hotel's lobby.

Return Details
Ribeira Square, Praça Ribeira, Porto, Portugal
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.