Forested central Portugal is somewhat of an enigma, where rocky terrain gives way to white sand beaches, and colorful cities unfold around rushing rivers. In cities like Aveiro and Coimbra, your breath will be taken away by tile-lined labyrinths and 16th century architecture, while Belmonte will enthrall you with the story of its Jewish roots. This history and culture-packed region is a must for anyone trying to get to the bottom of Portugal’s complex past.
Exploring Belmonte’s Jewish history
There have been Jews in Portugal since the Middle Ages, but the community suffered a major blow in 1497, when the king ordered Jews either to convert to Christianity or leave the country.
Exploring Aveiro and Coimbra
Spend the day exploring Aveiro and Coimbra, two gems in the crown of central Portugal.