Our Jewish Granada tour opens the door to Granada’s vibrant Jewish past. Most famous for its spectacular palace fortress, the Alhambra, Granada was once a place of religious tolerance with thriving Jewish community. That medieval golden age comes to life as our Jewish Granada tour explores the most interesting sites in the former Jewish quarter.
Legend has it that some of the Jews who were exiled by Nebuchadnezzar (586 B.C.E.) settled in Granada. The Moors recognized this ancient tradition by referring to the city as “Granada of the Jews”. Like all Jewish communities in Spain, Jewish Granada prospered under the Ummayad caliphate (755-1013). Jewish residents were involved in the cotton and silk trade, as well as in banking. The great tradition of Sephardic Jewry ended with the expulsion of 1492. Today’s small community is active in memory work and in revitalizing the “Sephardic Path” which runs through Granada and throughout Spain.
Granada’s Juderia, or Jewish quarter, moved, expanded, or contracted depending on the wishes of the various Muslim rulers. The area known as Realejo, in the town center, housed at times the largest Jewish community of medieval Granada. Our Jewish Granada tour moves on from Plaza Nueva square up to Calle Colcha, into the Realejo neighborhood. Learn the story of Yehuba Ibn Tibon, renowned Jewish physician, translator, philosopher and poet, as we pause by the statue in his honor. The Translations Department of the prestigious Granada University carries his name. We come closer to Granada’s Jewish past at the Casa de la Juderia, a charming building housing a small museum and designed according to the plan of old Jewish Granada houses.
The Alhambra is always high on the list of unforgettable things to do in Granada. It stands as a symbol of an era of light in the so-called “Dark Ages” when religious tolerance was practiced and Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula thrived. Called “a pearl set in emeralds”--referring to the orange-ochre of the building materials set among the beautiful green forests--it is a must-see on any visit to Granada.
Granada is a popular cruise ship destination. If you will be traveling by ship, we would be happy to organize your transfer to and from your port of call to ensure a perfect Granada shore excursion.