Jewish Heritage in Portugal – Alentejo

The Jewish people were one of the most important communities in the Iberic Peninsula through Medieval and Modern Age, giving us their great contribution in what concerns to astronomy, which allowed us to start our maritime expansion, as well as their knowledge of medicine and math.

The Portuguese Judaism is unique, surviving in the period of Inquisition with new-Christians practicing the Crypto-Judaism.

This trip will take you to the most remarkable sites of Jewish heritage as Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz and Castelo de Vide in a unique opportunity to discover its heritage, closely connected to its culture and customs.

Circuit with the author through all the tour – Ricardo Presumido

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1st Day • Porto – Lisbon – Estremoz (484km)

Departure from Porto towards Lisbon. Our Author will be waiting for the group in Lisbon to start the visit to Synagogue SHAARÉ TIKVA (“Doors of Hope”), the main synagogue of the Israeli Community in Lisbon. Continuation to Largo de São Domingos to visit the Memorial of Honour to the Victims of the 1506 Massacre, a tribute to the victims of religious intolerance and fanaticism that culminated in the Jewish Massacre in that year. At the evening of April 19, Dominicans instigated the population to kill over two thousand Jews, blaming them for the plagues and fevers that devasted the city that year. We then continue walking through the Big Jewry until the Small Jewry of Alfama, where the Jewish Museum will be constructed. Beginning of the tour towards Estremoz. Accommodation in Hotel Páteo dos Solares 4* or similar.

2nd Day • Estremoz – Évora – Monsaraz – Estremoz

Departure towards Évora. Visit to the historical centre through places of religious intolerance and Jewish persecution. Highlight to the Old Holy Office Court introduced in Portugal in 1536 where the Inquisition was legally born, as well as the Açougue – famous Roman Temple, transformed in slaughterhouse in the Middle Age. Passage through the old Jewry that developed around the Big Giraldo Square. Continuation to Monsaraz. Visit to the Inquisition House – Interactive centre of Jewish History that aims to present the Jewish memory in Monsaraz, within a perspective of multicultural people and religions. Return to Estremoz. Accommodation.

3rd Day • Estremoz – Castelo de Vide – Lisbon – Porto (614km)

Departure towards Castelo de Vide. Visit to the Synagogue and Jewry that has developed in the slope of the small town through the narrow sidewalks that extend from Porta da Vila (Town Gate), to the Castle, until Fonte da Vila. Although Castelo de Vide is established in one of the more roughed areas, the neighbourhood was crossed by a fundamental axis of communication between the Castle and the exterior and vice versa. In this small town remain some material testimonies of the Jewish presence with special highlight to the building where it is thought that the Medieval Synagogue once was. Other buildings from Rua da Judiaria, Rua da Fonte or from Ruinha da Judiaria also show what is left from the thousand-year-old Jewish tradition in the door posts of some houses. Return to Porto with a stop in Lisbon. End of the tour and of our services.

Tour designed by Pinto Lopes Viagens with RNAVT no. 2070


• Supplements: Individual room – 70€
• Deposit: 70€


  • Circuit in tourism coach;
  • Accommodation with breakfast included in the mentioned hotel or similar;
  • Full board, since the lunch of the 1st day to the lunch of the last (3 lunches and 2 dinners);
  • Drinks at meals;
  • Circuit with the author from and until Lisbon – Ricardo Presumido;
  • Local guide in Évora;
  • Tickets mentioned in the program;
  • Hotel feels, services and VAT.

– Optional, personal extras and everything that is not mentioned as included.

  • This tour is, in general, suitable for people with reduced mobility and/or pregnant. In case of special needs, please contact us;
  • This trip is only confirmed with a minimum of 25 participants, should it be the case that this number is not reached, the client will be informed within the deadline foreseen in our general conditions.

Historian, postgraduate in Contemporary History by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, Ricardo Presumido has been dedicated to holocaust Memory and Teaching, being the founder and Vice-President since 2009 of Memoshoá – Memory and Teaching Holocaust Association.

Ricardo Presumido has participated in several national and international congresses on this topic, highlight for its participation in the 8th International Conference: Telling the Story, Teaching the Core that took place in Yad Vashem in Israel, from 18 to 21 June 2012 and also the Conference Portugal and the Holocaust: Learn with the Past, Teach for the Future held on 29 and 30 October 2012 in Calouste Gulbenkian’s Foundation. Throughout its career as a teacher he actively participated in several conferences, and projects on this subject in primary, secondary and university level courses, he was also a guest professor at the Advanced Course in Cultural Memory: The Holocaust Memory in the European Culture from 8 February until 31 march 2012 in the Portuguese Catholic University.

He as also dynamized the Ciclo de Cinema: Image and Memory about the World War Two and the Holocaust that already has 4 editions, a partnership between Memoshoá, the Cascais City Hall and the D. Luís I Foundation.

In the last years, he also organised “seminars on wheels” – historical journeys about the Memory of the Holocaust in Europe, namely in Poland, Germany, Central Europe (Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary), Belgium, Baltic Countries and Italy.