A JEWISH LEGACY IN PORTUGAL
The Jewish presence in the Iberian Peninsula existed long before Portugal became a country. The contribution that the Portuguese Jews brought to the arts, the philosophy, and also to sciences helped to enrich the cultural heritage of this country.
The history of Portuguese Jewry is one that reflects both triumph and tragedy. During Portugal’s Golden Age the Jews represented 20 percent of the population, but with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, soon the Portuguese crown and the Inquisition applied the same fate to their Jewish citizens.
Today there may be fewer than 1,000 Jews in Portugal, but this country made great efforts to maintain and to restore its Jewish synagogues and historic sites.
The Jewish community in Portugal
Nowadays Portugal is home to between 5,000 and 6,000 Jews and they mostly live in Lisbon and Porto, but also in other parts of the country. They are not affiliated with religious communities and tend to form small groups.
Photo: Évora is a lovely city full of history from Portugal.
About the Portugal Jewish citizenship
In Portugal the descendants of the Sephardic Jews (Jews originating from the Iberian Peninsula) can obtain Portuguese nationality without having to live in this country or to speak very good Portuguese. To obtain it, they have to prove that they belong to a Sephardic community and when they do, they are given a Portuguese birth certificate, with which they can issue the Portuguese Citizen Card and the Portuguese Passport.
Jewish legacy tours
In Portugal you will find a rich culture, some exquisite gastronomy, a lot of stunning archaeological remains along with Jewish Heritage sites, impressive seaside and beautiful villages.
Join a Carameltrail Jewish legacy tour and find out more about the Jewish cultural literacy. Experience Portugal from a Jewish perspective, with our qualified guide and tour organizer.