The Paths of Sefarad

  • The Jewish quarter in Hervás. Cáceres.

For centuries, Spain was a patchwork of different peoples, cultures and religions. The Jewish community was one of the most important ones, and developed its own culture, customs and religion. We suggest a journey back in time by discovering Spain's Jewish heritage.

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The Paths of Sefarad

Itinerary: Spanish Jewish Quarter Network

  • Cáceres. In this city you'll find an irregular layout of long and steep streets lined with houses full of flowers on their windows and balconies. There are also 220 small squares and hidden corners in the old Jewish quarter.
  • Cordoba. You'll be captivated by the beautiful streets in the Jewish quarter, full of the charm of Andalusia. We suggest visiting its small synagogue, fresh interior courtyards, the statue of Maimonides and the Puerta de Calahorra gate.
  • Girona. The busy Calle de la Força is the main hub of this beautiful Jewish quarter, with typical alleyways such as Cúndaro and Sant Llorenç.
  • Hervás. Two adjectives can describe this town: rustic and original. Don't miss the interesting archaeological discoveries in the layout of some of the houses.
  • Oviedo. An interesting fact is that in the Middle Ages this city was an important place for the Jews. There was an important synagogue in the old town.
  • Ribadavia. The Jewish quarter comes alive with the celebration of "Festa da Istoria" in July, which commemorates the traditions of different cultures, including that of the Jews.
  • Segovia. It has an important restored Jewish quarter. We suggest visiting the old synagogue, which is now the Church of Corpus Christi, and the ruins of the Jewish cemetery.
  • Toledo. Its Jewish quarter is a genuine labyrinth of streets with two important synagogues: Tránsito and Santa María la Blanca. Toledo was an important hub for Judaism in the West.
  • Tortosa. This Catalan Jewish quarter was the home of prestigious bankers, traders and men of letters, who would get together in the streets and squares of this fishing town.
  • Tudela. Did you know that this town is the birthplace of the traveller and writer Benjamín de Tudela? Its Jewish quarter still has a chaotic layout, built in the Middle Ages.

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The Paths of Sefarad

Practical information

How to complete the route:
By car

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
This route has been designated a Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.