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Lucena Jewish Tour

Tour Description

If Sephardic history interests you,  our Lucena Jewish tour is a visit you will not want to miss.  Referred to as The Pearl of Sefarad, Lucena is one of the oldest and most important Jewish communities in Sephardic Spain. Our expert guide will explain and illustrate the reasons why this city was so prominent, its origins of existence,  and some of the legendary figures whose influence will not be forgotten in the Jewish history such as poet Ibn Gayat and Rabi Ibn Megas.

During our tour we will walk the streets of old Lucena stopping in different sites such as the Palace of the Counts of Santa Ana with its Jewish museum or the Torre del Moral. We will discuss the most important Talmudic school in Spain as well as the origins of the name Eliosana that gave name to the city. 

We will finally have the opportunity to try traditional sephardic pastries as well as going to a winery housed in an old building of Jewish architecture or seeing an artisan who makes Jewish hand made decoration. 

  • Private Guide  
  • Map with marked itinerary
  • Numerous tips and recommendations on how to spend your time
    • Visit the Castle of Moral with the Jewish museum, dress and customs of Jewish people living in Lucena in the early centuries
    • Introduction to the influential leaders who played an important role in the lives of the Jews during their prominent period
    • Visit the Jewish cemetery, one of the most important in medieval Spain

        Our Lucena Jewish tour will take you to:

        • Moral Castle, archeological museum with Jewish remains. 
        • Moral Tower (tree, menorah with Maimonides geometric design)
        • Santiago Jewish quarter, during Ferdinand III
        • Old Synagogue, San Mateo Church

        This is a summarized itinerary. Some places may be added based on time, plus we like to keep some surprise element to our tours.This can happen on the spot or you can send us preferences. We would need to know in advance. 

        Duration: 3h
        Start:  10:00am 
        Start point: To be decided with the guide
        If your hotel is nearby and you prefer to be picked up, let us know when you book the tour. 

        *Weekend or holidays: This tour carries a surcharge of $40 on Weekends or Spanish holidays as the local guides charge more at this time. 

        Optional for this tour:
        We can combine this tour with a visit to a nearby winery or Olive Grove. Inquire if you are interested in making this a full day combined with other villages in Cordoba province.

        Other information
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         Lucena is a hidden jewel in the Andalucian region and very famous for the long heritage and lost community of Sephardic Jews.  Once a sprawling city that flourished in commerce and trade during medieval times, the city was a haven for many Jews seeking refuge from the unrest and never ending battles of the Caliphate in Cordoba. Many prominent figures influences throughout the region afforded protection during times of uncertainty and thus allowed the community to prosper and grow economically and socially.  Lucena bloomed as a center for Hebrew intellectuals and many poets and teachers were born there.

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        Group Size:
        $345.00

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