Jewish Heritage in Spain

Spain retains great traces of its multicultural past throughout its geography. The Jewish community in Spain was very important in the early middle ages. Today there are countless cities, large and small, where you can follow the trace of the Jews in Spain and contemplate the magnificent monuments and rich heritage they created.

We offer different itineraries that may also be combined upon request.

 

Toledo-Córdoba-Cáceres-Plasencia-Segovia-Palma de Mallorca (ITINERARY 1)

Day 1 MADRID

Arrival to Madrid

Transfer from the airport to the Hotel by private car

Day 2 MADRID

Morning: guided visit to Madrid’s historical center.

Casa Carnicería, Plaza Mayor, MADRID

Guided visit to the Sefarad-Israel Center located in a 16th century palace.

Day 3 MADRID-TOLEDO-MADRID

 

Trip to Toledo by private car- the Town of the Three Cultures.
Toledo was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1986 and belongs to the Network of the Spanish Jewish Cities and Sefarad Trails.

Alcazar de Toledo

The importance of Toledo´s Jewish quarter dates back to the 13th-14th centuries and given the Jewish population at that time the city hosts many sinagogues. Some of them, like the “Sinagoga del Transito” and “Sinagoga de Sta. Maria la Blanca” can be visited nowadays
Toledo’s visit will begin with a panoramic tour of the town by car from the opposite side of the Tajo River. This will show us how the town is beautifully placed on a hill surrounded by the Tajo River which portrays its very strategic defensive position.

Day 4, 5 MADRID- CÓRDOBA

Transfer, by private car, from the hotel to Atocha station to take the AVE (High Speed train) to Cordoba.
Once in Cordoba, guided visit of the town: Jewish quarter and the Mezquita (Ancient Mosque and today Cordoba´s Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage)
The visit to the Jewish quarter, out of the conventional circuits, is full of charm and will give you the chance to discover many corners and spots that hold the memory of the past. The Jewish Sinagogue, the house of Sefarad, the souk and Tiberias square are the quarter core which help to reconstruct the history of the community where Maimonides was born as well as other famous Jews of this time, such as Hasday ibn Shaprut or Yehuda ha-Levi and Abraham ibn Ezra.

Day 6 CÓRDOBA - CÁCERES

 

Trip by car from Córdoba to Cáceres (319kms) (Unesco World HeritageTown)
Lunch along the way
Arrival in the Cáceres and check in at the hotel.
The beauty and quaintness of the old Jewish quarter of Caceres, with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and bright flowers on the windows and balconies, is matched by the monumental nobility of this ancient city

Day 7 CÁCERES - PLASENCIA

 

Departure to Plasencia in the afternoon.
Arrival in Plasencia and accommodation at the Parador Nacional, ancient Convent of Santo Domingo (15th century), recently refurbished.

Day 8  PLASENCIA

Guided visit to the ancient quarter of Plasencia
Plasencia was one of the biggest Jewish settlements in Extramadura
Nowadays, it is still possible to visit the remains of the Jewish Cemetery and the tombs excavated in the rocks ( more than 200). Nowadays it has been transformed into the Center of Interpretation of the Sephardi Culture and it’s privileged situation gives us the opportunity to admire a wonderful view of Plasencia.

Day 9 PLASENCIA - YUSTE - MADRID

Transfer by car to Yuste Monastery, where Emperor Charles V of Germany and I of Spain retired and passed away.

Day 10 MADRID

Guided visit to the Prado Museum and any temporary exhibits on display.

Day 11 MADRID-SEGOVIA-MADRID

Private car day trip to Segovia
Although the Roman Aquaeduct is Segovia most famous monument, the town also gathers a very interesting history of the way in which the Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted before the end of the XV century.

Day 12, 13 PALMA DE MALLORCA

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. Flight to Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the Spanish city in which the Jewish legacy remains intimately linked to the everyday life of its inhabitants. The survival until today of the community of xuetas or xuetes, the direct heirs of the last Jews forced to convert to Christianity in the late 14th century and early 15th century is graphically illustrated in the colorful commercial streets of its former minor coll where the jewelers and craftsman still keep the same activity as their ancestors. The hustle and bustle of the commercial quarter is complemented by the magnificent medieval mark of the main coll where the layout of the main streets of that Jewish quarter are maintained and a large number of manor houses of the time can be visited.

Day 14 PALMA DE MALLORCA - VALLADEMOSA - PALMA DE MALLORCA

Day trip to Valldemosa by car.

Guided visit to the Cartuja where Frederick Chopin spent two years with George Sand where she wrote “A Winter in Mallorca” giving testimony of her feelings and experiences in the island.

Day 15 PALMA DE MALLORCA - MADRID
In the morning, transfer from the hotel to the airport to take a flight to Madrid
Arrival in Madrid, check in at the hotel.

Day 16 MADRID
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

Madrid – Toledo – Córdoba – Lucena – Segovia - Madrid (ITINERARY 2)

 Day 1 MADRID

Arrival in Madrid
Transfer from the airport to the hotel by private transportation.
Morning guided visit to Madrid´s historical center
Guided visit to the Museum of the Jewish Community in Madrid

Casa Carnicería, Plaza Mayor, MADRID

Afternoon: Guided visit to the Sefarad-Israel Center located in a XVI Century Palace
“Palacio de Cañete”. Optional visit to Madrid´s Synagogue.

Day 2 MADRID - TOLEDO - MADRID

Departure to Toledo by private transportation.
Arrival in Toledo, the Town of the Three Cultures.
Toledo was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1986 and belongs to the Network of the Spanish Jewish Cities and Sefarad Trails.

The importance of Toledo´s Jewish quarter goes back to the 13th-14th century and given the amount of Jewish inhabitants at that time the city hosts many synagogues. Some of them, like the “Sinagoga del Transito” and “Sinagoga de Sta. Maria la Blanca” can still be visited nowadays.

Toledo’s visit will begin with a panoramic tour of the town by car from the opposite side of the Tajo River. This will show us how the town is beautifully placed on a hill surrounded by the Tajo River which portrays its very strategic defensive position.

18:00 Return to Madrid.

 

Day 3 MADRID - CÓRDOBA

8:30 Transfer, by private car, from the hotel to Atocha station to take the AVE (High Speed train) to Cordoba.
10:30 Arrival in Córdoba


The visit to the Jewish quarter, out of the conventional circuits, is full of charm and will give you the chance to discover many corners and spots that still hold the memory of the past. The Jewish Sinagogue, the house of Sefarad, the souk and Tiberias square are the quarter core which helps to reconstruct the history of the community where Maimonides was born as well as other famous Jews of this time, such as Hasday ibn Shaprut or Yehuda ha-Levi and Abraham ibn Ezra.

Day 4 CÓRDOBA - LUCENA - CÓRDOBA

Departure to Lucena which is 55 kms south of Cordoba.
The Jewish community of Lucena had a very relevant past. It was known as “The Pearl of Sefarad” because of the intellectual associations developed between IX-XII centuries.

The Academy of Talmudic Studies was in Lucena and it was the reference and meeting point for many intellectuals, philosophers and doctors of the time. Jehuda ha Leví, Abraham Ibn Ezrá and Maimonides lived in Lucena. Many Jews arrived in Lucena after their persecution in Córdoba and Granada in the XI century.

In the afternoon, departure to Córdoba to take the AVE back to Madrid
Arrival to Madrid and transfer to the hotel.

Day 5 MADRID - SEGOVIA - MADRID

Although the Roman Aqueduct is Segovia´s most famous monument, the town also gathers a very interesting history of the way in which the Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted before the end of the XV century.

 

 

Madrid - Toledo - Segovia - Avila - Madrid (ITINERARY 3)

Day 1 MADRID

Arrival in Madrid
Transfer from the airport to the hotel by private transportation.
Morning guided visit to Madrid´s historical center
Guided visit to the Museum of the Jewish Community in Madrid

Casa Carnicería, Plaza Mayor, MADRID

Afternoon: Guided visit to the Sefarad-Israel Center located in a XVI Century Palace
“Palacio de Cañete”. Optional visit to Madrid´s Synagogue.

Day 2 MADRID - TOLEDO - MADRID

Departure to Toledo by private transportation.
Arrival in Toledo, the Town of the Three Cultures.
Toledo was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1986 and belongs to the Network of the Spanish Jewish Cities and Sefarad Trails.

The importance of Toledo´s Jewish quarter goes back to the 13th-14th century and given the amount of Jewish inhabitants at that time the city hosts many synagogues. Some of them, like the “Sinagoga del Transito” and “Sinagoga de Sta. Maria la Blanca” can still be visited nowadays.

Toledo’s visit will begin with a panoramic tour of the town by car from the opposite side of the Tajo River. This will show us how the town is beautifully placed on a hill surrounded by the Tajo River which portrays its very strategic defensive position.

Return to Madrid.

Day 3 MADRID - SEGOVIA - AVILA

Although the Roman Aqueduct is Segovia´s most famous monument, the town also gathers a very interesting history of the way in which the Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted before the end of the XV century.

Departure to Avila (64kms)

Arrival in Avila. Accommodation at Avila´s Parador “Palacio de Piedras Albas” a palace  from the XVI century.

Day 4 AVILA - MADRID

The presence of the Jews Community in Avila dates back to the early settlers of the XI century, in coexistence with Christians and Muslims. Most of the Jewish heritage is found in the Eastern part of the walls, next to the Cathedral and the Great Market.

In the previous years to the expulsion the aljama of Ávila, the Jewish population here was the largest of the Kingdom of Castille. Ávila was a center of intellectual and spiritual life, where important Talmudic schools flourished. Moshe de León author of the Sefer ha-Zoharof Splendor and Nissim ben Abraham, also known as the Prophet of Ávila, author of the Book of wonders of wisdom both lived in Avila.

Return to Madrid at sunset
Optional: accommodation in Madrid or departure on a late flight.

Toledo - Cáceres - Plasencia - Hervás - Madrid (ITINERARY 4)

Day 1 MADRID

 

Arrival in Madrid
Transfer from the airport to the hotel by private transportation.
Morning guided visit to Madrid´s historical center
Guided visit to the Museum of the Jewish Community in Madrid

Casa Carnicería, Plaza Mayor, MADRID

Afternoon: Guided visit to the Sefarad-Israel Center located in a XVI Century Palace
“Palacio de Cañete”. Optional visit to Madrid´s Synagogue.

Day 2 MADRID - TOLEDO - CACERES

Departure to Toledo by private transportation.
Arrival in Toledo, the Town of the Three Cultures.
Toledo was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1986 and belongs to the Network of the Spanish Jewish Cities and Sefarad Trails.

The importance of Toledo´s Jewish quarter goes back to the 13th-14th century and given the amount of Jewish inhabitants at that time the city hosts many synagogues. Some of them, like the “Sinagoga del Transito” and “Sinagoga de Sta. Maria la Blanca” can still be visited nowadays.

Toledo’s visit will begin with a panoramic tour of the town by car from the opposite side of the Tajo River. This will show us how the town is beautifully placed on a hill surrounded by the Tajo River which portrays its very strategic defensive position.

At sunset, departure to Caceres. (261kms)

Day 3 CACERES - PLASENCIA

The beauty and quaintness of the old Jewish quarter of Caceres, with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and bright flowers on the windows and balconies, is matched by the monumental nobility of this ancient city.

Guided visit of the ancient town and remains of the Jewish quarter: synagogue of the Old Jewish Quarter, a singular and complex layout of long steep streets with small squares and hidden corners.

In the afternoon, departure to Plasencia (80kms)
Arrival in Plasencia and accommodation at the Parador Nacional, ancient Convent of Santo Domingo (15th century), recently refurbished.

Day 4 PLASENCIA

Plasencia was one of the biggest Jewish settlements in Extremadura.
Nowadays, it is still possible to visit the remains of the Jewish Cemetery and the tombs excavated in the rocks ( more than 200). Nowadays it has been transformed into the Center of Interpretation of the Sephardi Culture and its privileged situation gives us the opportunity to admire a wonderful view of Plasencia.

In the afternoon, visit to Hervás ( 29kms)
Hervás is a small town that had a big Jewish community in the XIV century. The narrow streets of the Jewish quarter are very characteristic.

Day 5 PLASENCIA - MADRID

In the morning, departure to Madrid (246kms)
Optional visit to the Prado Museum.
Transfer to the airport.

CONDITIONS

  • Accommodation will be in 4* hotels, in case of the Paradores de Turismo, breakfast included.
  • All transfers will be done by private car or bus depending on the number of participants in the trip.
  • The group will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.
  • All the guided visits will be explain by highly qualified professionals in Spanish, English, German or French.
  • Spania Travel will take care of all restaurant reservations after the Customers suggestions and preferences.
  • Spania Travel will be responsible for the organization of the trip: transportation, guides reservation and tickets for the guided tours and visits.
  • One person from our staff will travel with the group.
  • Spania Travel guarantees that all the itinerary: visiting places, hotels and restaurants will be previously checked by our staff.
  • The trip has to be reserved at least three months in advance to the departure date

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