Barcelona Jewish Heritage Tours
Catalan Jews developed a government ahead of its time, and enjoyed an extraordinarily rich culture and a sophisticated religious and intellectual life. Come and discover it!
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Route 1: Jewish Barcelona: a forgotten piece of history. (half day tour. 3-4hr)
Since the restoration of the medieval synagogue at El Call (the Jewish Quarter), Barcelona is becoming a not-to-be-missed site in Jewish history. Today this ancient neighborhood is marked by beautiful, narrow streets with 14th to 16th century buildings. It offers a fascinating insight into both Barcelona’s history and the story of Catalonian Jews. Step by step in this tour, you will be able to revive the life and tragedy of one of the most active Jewish communities in Europe, both intellectually and economically.
One of the oldest synagogues in Europe
You will step in one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. After many centuries of use for other purposes, the building reopened as a synagogue and museum in 2002 and is being used for festive occasions. You will be able to see a 500-year old Torah donated by a New York attorney in 2006. You will learn about stories of Catalan Kings’ bankers, theologists, philosophers, poets or physicians from the largest Jewish community within the Crown of Catalonia and Aragoìn. The remains of the male Jewish public baths can also be seen. Finally, enhancing your experience, you could enjoy a real sephardic menú in a Jewish Quarter Restaurant La Cassola (Rasgo approved).
Upon your request we can arrange a kosher wine tasting (Catalan, spanish and israeli wines) in a Jewish shop.
A unique route to be experienced not only with your senses, but also with your soul.
Route 2: Barcelona-Girona. Full day or 2 days
The perfect combination to taste the traces of history left behind by two of the most active Jewish communities in medieval Europe.
Barcelona's Jewish Quarter
Day 1- We will take a morning stroll through Barcelona’s Jewish Quarter or Call, see the wall plaque dating from 1314 bearing an inscription (in Hebrew) honoring Rabbi Samuel Hassardi. We will visit one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. We will drive you up to Montjuïc to visit the site of the historic Jewish cemetery, enjoying the panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean sea . After a real sephardic menú in a Jewish Quarter Restaurant La Cassola (Rasgo approved), will continue on a one hour journey to Girona. Our day will end in a beautiful country hotel only a few miles from the ancient town of Girona or, if you prefer, in a luxury apartment in the heart of Girona’s old town.
*Upon your request we can arrange a kosher wine tasting (Catalan, spanish and israeli wines) in a Jewish shop in Barcelona.
Girona: an impressive Jewish Quarter
Day 2- Steeped in history and founded by the Romans, Girona has huge Roman foundation stones still visible. They mark the route of the Via Augusta, the road which once ran from Tarragona to Rome. Immersing ourselves in an intense medieval experience, we will discover one of the most impressive Jewish Quarters in Europe dated from the 12th-15th centuries. You will have the chance to learn more closely about the Jewish community’s life in Girona by visiting the Museum of Jewish History and its permanent and temporary exhibitions. After enjoying a beautiful meal at a Michelin restaurant of your choice, we will continue discovering the immortal city on a leisurely stroll through the city walls, monasteries, maze of pedestrian streets, ... until you are ready to head back to Barcelona by private car to your preferred hotel.
Route 3. Girona and Besalú Jewish Quarters. Full day
A day to immerse yourself in a medieval experience. We will spend the morning in the medieval town of Girona that has one of the most impressive Jewish Quarters in Europe, dated from the 12th-15th centuries, with its beautiful maze of pedestrian streets and porticoed squares. You will have the chance to learn more closely about the Jewish community’s life in Girona by visiting the Museum of Jewish History. After lunch in a Michelin restaurant of your choice, we will take you to the lovely medieval village of Besaluì. Your first glimpse will be the stunning 12th Romanesque century bridge over the FluviaÌ river. It leads you into the town taking in three towers and no less than eight arches. At the end of the bridge, you will come across a fantastic view of the ancient Jewish quarter. El Call has an invaluable heritage and excellent preservation, especially the ritualistic Jewish bath-house (Mikveh) discovered in 1964, that was attached to the 12th century synagogue. You will also see the archeological site of the synagogue and the prayer room, historically important for the medieval documentation that survived.
Route 4 : Barcelona, Girona, Besalú and Cadaqués. 3 days
Day 1. ( See Barcelona Jewish Quarter and Barcelona Girona)
Girona: the most impressive Jewish Quarter in Europe
Day 2. We will spend the morning in the medieval town of Girona that has one of the most impressive Jewish Quarters in Europe, dated from the 12th-15th centuries with its beautiful maze of pedestrian streets and porticoed squares. You will have the chance to learn more closely about Jewish life in Girona by visiting the Museum of Jewish History. After lunch in a Michelin restaurant of your choice, we will take you to the lovely medieval village of Besalu. Your first glimpse is of the stunning 12th Romanesque century bridge over the FluviaÌ river. Just at the end of the bridge, you will come across a fantastic Jewish quarter that holds the ritualistic Jewish bath-house or Mikveh discovered in 1964, that was attached to the 12th century synagogue a high value of Jewish memory on its way to the medieval age. To end our route we will head to the coast.
Cadaqués: Relax, Mediterranean, Dalí, Gastronomy, Wines,...
Day 3. Your third day in Cadaqueìs will be tailor-made for you: A relaxing day to stroll and some bathing in a beautiful hidden cove (from June to September), or an active day to discover the Portlligat Museum-House, home of the father of surrealism, Salvador Daliì. Or you may want to visit the impressive medieval monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, one of the most important catalan Romanesque sites or you may want to hike Cap de Creus Natural Park,characterized by its slate, shale and deformed rock formations that contrast with the intense azure pristine waters. You will feel as you are stepping on the moon while you explore the rocky coastline, bays and cliffs. Not to be missed is a stop by at the lighthouse for a refreshment or even a paella.
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And all this visits you can do it with our private car, driver and guide or on a Selfguided tour. Visit our website for further routes in Barcelona. www.barcelonayou.com or email us for a personalized budget firstname.lastname@example.org
Always just with your couple, family or friends (we don’t mix groups)
Barcelona and You is the only company routes in Barcelona approved by Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters (Rasgo).
All our guides are locals, official and approved by the Girona Jewish Quarter Board (Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters).
Languages: english, french, hebrew,german, spanish, catalan