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Stories and legends of the Jews of Castelo Rodrigo

Stories and legends of the Jews of Castelo Rodrigo

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The presence of Jews in Portuguese territory over the centuries gave origin to a cultural heritage, both material and immaterial, which still today arouses the curiosity of visitors.

When the edict expelling the Jews from Spain was posted (1492), most of them (estimated to be over 100,000) moved to Portugal. About 35,000 of these crossed the border of Vilar Formoso, many of them reinforcing the pre-existing communities at Trancoso, Belmonte, Castelo Rodrigo, and Bragança, among others. Despite the great weight of the clerical power, it was in small villages, such as those of Beira Interior, that the Portuguese Jews managed to live a life with less upheaval, at least until the date of King Manuel I’s edict of expulsion, in 1496.



  • Theatrical visit to the village of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Kosher wine tasting with its unique characteristics
  • Moment of sharing and reflection


1 Day
  • Destination
  • Included
    Stories and legends of the Jews of Castelo Rodrigo
    Visit to the Cellar with wine tasting
    Visits Indicated in the Program
    Visits to museums
    Meals included in the program
  • Not Included
    Trout fishing
    Horse ride with training
    Wine tasting (3 different wines)
    Transfer to the archaeological site
    Boat trips
    Jewish Guide
    Guided visit by a local storyteller
    Tourism Fees (if applicable)
    Transport in Tourism Bus
    Anything that is not specified within our program
    Monuments personal expenses
    Hotel Extras
    Tourism Taxes
    3 Star Accommodation
    4 Star Accommodation
    5 Star Accommodation
    Tourist Guide
Visit with a character of that period to the Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo
A theatrical model of "encounters with history" already known in Castelo Rodrigo, in which an actor plays and dresses as a person of that period of history and guides the visit from that character's point of view, telling the history and stories of the village. We will listen carefully to the legend of Marofa, a Jewish legend. The stories will be told by Zacuto, Luis or even Ephraïm Bueno, a doctor of Castelo Rodrigo who lived in the court of Flanders.
Visit and Kosher wine tasting
The Castelo Rodrigo Cooperative Winery together with the Rabbi of Belmonte, has created a kosher wine, following all the rules in its production. At the winery, we will learn about the production process of the wines and how the team and the process itself was adapted to comply with kashrut, a set of Jewish laws regarding food.
A lunch that, although not kosher, fulfilling the kashrut, may be orientated towards a type of Jewish food.
Visit to the Ephraïm Bueno Interpretation Centre (1599-1665)
The history of the Jewish presence in the municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is now inventoried and documented at the Ephraïm Bueno Interpretive Centre (1599 - 1665), a Jew born in Castelo Rodrigo who was a doctor, physicist and writer, who had a very notable professional and social career in the Dutch court. The municipality has records and traces of the Jewish presence, which are intended to bear witness to that presence based on royal documents, such as chancelleries, but also through Inquisition proceedings against people of these regions.


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