THE PATHS OF SEFARAD

Tasting the traditional cuisine or visiting the museums is an enticing enough reason alone to get to know the capital of Spain.

Tasting the traditional cuisine or visiting the museums is an enticing enough reason alone to get to know the capital of Spain.

As a benchmark, the capital of Spain, Madrid, is characterized by a particularly active cultural life as well as various types of exhibitions and events. We guide you through your tasting adventure, selecting the best tapas of Madrid at truly local favorites outside of the typical tourist destinations. Traveling with us enables you to take part in activities and visit locations other travelers only dream about since this is our home, we are the experts; It is our passion and specialty. Take comfort in knowing we are with you every step of the way, providing experts guides through each portion of the tour. Our personal staff is on hand for the entire trip to ensure your visit is perfect and all of your needs are fulfilled. Experience the best that Madrid has to offer in ways only our local experts can show you. Savor the most exquisite food, delight in the delectable edibles, discover the hidden gems of the cities and relish in the luxuries along the way!
 

Travel itinerary

Arrival at Barcelona, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, meet our specialist guide for a walking visit of the jewry also know as “call”: visit of the old synagogue. See the only Mezuzah mark in the city. Walk by the building where the Spanish Inquisition functioned in Barcelona until 1834. Stop at the fragments of matzevot reutilized in construction post expulsion. Shoah Memorial (dedicated 1995), a very special landscaped site. Dinner and accommodation at Ritz Hotel 5*
Breakfast and transfer to Girona with stop in Besalú. This town has, in the mediaeval, narrow streets that make up its urban layout, diverse examples of the co-existence between the Jewish community that had settled in the area at the beginning of the Middle Ages and the Christian population. Besalú has the only restored Mikva in Spain and one of the best preserved in Europe, a ritual Jewish bath dating from the twelfth century. Lunch and Kosher Wine Tasting in Restaurant Curia Reial or Restaurant Fonda Siques in Besalú. After lunch, continuation for a brief visit in Castello D´Empúries. The Jewish Quarter of Castelló d'Empúries, after that of Girona, was the most important of the diocese. Departure to Girona. Girona preserves one of the best medieval Jewish quarters in Catalonia. Here you will visit the Bonastruc ça Porta Centre, the Museum of Jewish History and the Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies. Dinner and accommodation in Girona, hotel Llegendes de Girona Catedral
Departure to Tarazona. Visit of the jewry. The buildings that remain today are posterior to the reconstruction of Tarazona at the end of the 14th Century, after the great war with Castille. In fact, two different quarters can be distinguished: the Judería Vieja, or old quarter, and the Judería Nueva, that is, the extension of the old Jewish quarter in the 15th. century. After the expulsión in 1492, all this habitat received the new name of "barrio nuevo" (new quarter). Lunch in Restaurant Saboya 21. After lunch, continuation to Tudela. The town of Tudela was founded by the Romans on Celt-Iberian settlements. Since then the town has been inhabited continuously. The Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis (Epigrams Book IV, 55) "recalls in grateful verse" the town of Tutela next to his own native Bilbilis. The city was later taken under the Muslim emirate of Al-Hakam I in 802 by Amrus ibn Yusuf al-Muwalad. The Jews were banished in 1498 (the expulsion from Navarre being slightly later than in the rest of Spain). Muslims and Moriscos were expelled in 1516 and 1610 respectively. There are still examples of Islamic-influenced architecture in the city - the style the Spanish call Mudéjar; but the principal mosque was turned over to the Church in 1121, and by the end of the 12th century construction of the cathedral had begun. In Tudela lived three Ilustrious Jewis figures, such as, Benjamin of Tudela, Abraham Ibn Ezra and Yehudah Ha Levi. Dinner and accomodation in Tudela, hotel Aire de Bárdenas
Departure to Calahorra, with a stop at Estella: Estella was founded in 1090 by king Sancho Ramírez, on the same grounds as the Basque village of Lizarra. The fact that Estella was initially devised as a rest place for those pilgrims heading towards Santiago de Compostela, accounts for the rich heritage of Romanesque buildings from the 11th and 12th century which can still be found. During the second half of the 12th century, coinciding with the arrival of the Francs and their trade activities, which also involved the welcoming of pilgrims, an important number of Jews settled in Estella and made of it an important Jewry centre. Estella’s aljama, known as Elgacena, was one of the most important Jewries in Navarra, after Tudela and Pamplona. The prosperous Jewish community co-existed peacefully with its Christian neighbours until the beginning of the 14th century. Lunch in Estella, a local restaurant After lunch, continuation to Calahorra The first document recording the presence of a Jewish community in Calahorra dates from the end of the 11th century. Some Jewish families with the surnames Calahorra and Calahora, descendants of those families expelled in 1492, were documented in Crakow (Poland) in the 16th and 17th centuries. The great amount of documents related to the buying and selling and the renting of rural properties can give us an idea of the great purchasing power of this Jewish community. Calahorra’s Jews were peasants, tradesmen and craftsmen. However, it has also been documented the presence of Jewish physicians, landlords and income collectors. Dinner and accommodation in Parador de Calahorra 4*
Visit of the Calahorra Jewry, lunch and continuation to Tortosa. Lunch in Calahorra, Hotel Ciudad de Calahorra. Jewish food tasting and Conference about elaboration procedure and tasting the wine called, Alate Kosher. The conference will be held by D. Miguel Fernández de Arcaya, kosher senior and expert winemaker. Arrival, dinner and accomodation in Tortosa, Parador de Turismo “Castillo de la Suda” 4*.
Full day tour in Tortosa. Tortosa preserves significant examples of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modernist architecture. It has been declared to be Historic-Artistic Heritage and some of its buildings, such as the castle of La Suda, are National Monuments. The city is located near the mouth of the river Ebro and the first thing to attract attention is the Arab castle of La Suda, perched on a hill. Lunch in Tortosa, a local restaurant. Continuation to Barcelona Dinner and overnight in Barcelona, Hotel Palace
Transfer to Barcelona airport END OF SERVICES
Transfer to the airport in the morning to take the flight to Palma de Mallorca. Pick up at Palma Airport and transfer to hotel Posada Terra Santa. Check in and lunch in hotel. Half day tour after lunch. Tour to the old Jewish Quarter and the district of Sa Calatrava. On this tour the most important monuments are, the Gothic church of Sant Francesc and, in the heart of the Call (Jewish quarter), the Baroque church of Monti-Sion, located over a synagogue. And, near the seafront, the Arab baths, so, we cannot forget that the Caliphate of Cordoba also ruled these lands. Dinner in Restaurante Las Olas Bistro Accommodation Posada Terra Santa
Full day tour in Mallorca Clients will visit MACIA BATLE STA MARIA / PTO POLLENSA / FORMENTOR JEWISH WINERIES. Clients will taste three different types of wine with Inca biscuits or cookies. In Puerto Pollensa also includes the boat ride from the port to Formentor. Lunch near the cellar, in a local restaurant Dinner and accommodation in Posada Terra Santa
Transfer to the airport. End of services
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  • Lunch and dinner as per itinerary

  • buffet breakfast

  • local guides

  • tour escort

  • transportation in private bus

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  • Optional extension price: Lunch and dinner as per itinerary

  • Optional extension price: Flight Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca

  • Optional extension price: buffet breakfast

  • Optional extension price: local guides

  • Optional extension price: tour escort

  • Optional extension price: transportation in private bus

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