What To Expect
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 pre-dates Roman colonization. Lisbon's distinctive sub-group of Sephardi Jews have unique rituals based on pre-expulsion Spain and Moroccan origins, which have survived over hundreds of years in secret. At times, Lisbon's Jews 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. During the second world war Jews were reluctantly accepted as refugees, and in 1987 the President of Portugal asked forgiveness to the Jewish communities of Portuguese for all of their past persecutions.
This tour is led by the only tour guide in Portugal who is Jewish. There are only about 900 Jews left in Portugal today, and our guide is the most requested. Don't miss out!
The Jewish Quarters
Estaus Palace (the tribunal of the Inquisition)
Rossio Square (memorial to the massacres of 1506)
English speaking guide
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
This tour is not available during Jewish high holidays.
Children 12 years and under can take the tour for free.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Visits to Sha'aré Tikvá - Orthodox synagogue, (closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the Jewish cemetery require advanced reservations. We are happy to make your reservation for an independent visit by taxi or private driver at an additional fee. These sights are located outside the city center and not easily accessible on foot.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes
From 1 to 6 hours