The event will start at around 12:00pm in Porto on the Thursday and finish on Sunday at approximately 3:00pm. The nearest airport is Porto Airport (OPO) which is approximately 20-25 minutes from the hotel by taxi or 40-50 minutes by public transport. Uber from the airport costs around 15-20 Euros.
The hotel is a luxurious 5 star hotel with a boutique lounge exuding quiet refinement and sophistication – in Porto’s newest hotspot for experiences. Discover the iconic heated infinity swimming pool or the unique rooftop garden terrace; or relax in your air-conditioned designer bedroom with a coffee machine, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower.
Opening up like a pop-up book from the banks of the Rio Douro, edgy-yet-opulent Porto entices with its historic center and sumptuous food and wine.
Porto (or Oporto, as it’s sometimes called) is an attractive European minimetropolis on Portugal’s northwestern coast where visitors can get their fill of culture and the outdoors. Travelers can visit the city’s wealth of museums, admire its varied architecture, relax in its verdant parks and, of course, hit the beach.
The city earns its nickname Cidade das Pontes, or “City of Bridges,” from the six arches spanning the Rio Douro (Douro River), which runs along Porto’s southern edge. Views of the Douro River are best enjoyed from the Dom Luís I Bridge, the most iconic of Porto’s six structures.
Porto holds the distinction of being Portugal’s second-largest city and home to one of the nation’s oldest Jewish communities. Unlike Lisbon, which suffered extensive damage from the 1755 earthquake, Porto remained largely unscathed. Consequently, the city has preserved its historic Jewish quarter with its enchanting narrow streets, charming balconied houses, and thoroughfares bearing names such as “Rua Monte Judeus,” “Escadinhas do Monte dos Judeus,” and “Pátio das Escadinhas do Monte dos Judeus.” The primary synagogue once graced the Escadas da Vitória, a place still affectionately referred to locally as “Escadas da Esnoga,” meaning the “stairway to the synagogue.” A plaque now commemorates this significant historical site.
Porto not only tolerated but also actively protected its Jewish community for many years. Tragically, the infamous Inquisition drove the expulsion of Jews from the country, resulting in the complete erasure of its Jewish heritage.
In the 1920s, the efforts of army captain Arturo Carlos de Barros Bastos led Porto to become the focal point of a modest Jewish cultural revival. Captain Basto, a convert himself, embraced Orthodox Judaism at the age of 33, earning him the moniker “the Portuguese Dreyfus.” Regrettably, his newfound faith led to his dismissal from the Army due to his Jewish identity.
Following his departure from the military, Captain Basto established a synagogue in Porto. As the congregation expanded, Arturo Carlos de Barros Bastos proactively arranged for the acquisition of a new building generously gifted by Elly Kadoorie, a wealthy Sephardic Jew, and built the “Kadoorie” synagogue on land acquired and contributed by Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Paris. Additionally, Basto founded a yeshiva in Porto, which operated successfully for nine years, educating over 90 students. These endeavors did not escape the government’s notice, particularly in the wake of approximately 10,000 families across Portugal openly acknowledging their clandestine practice of Judaism.
To the modern day and Friday, at the commencement of the Jewish Sabbath, a harmonious blend of voices fills the air, speaking not only in Portuguese but also in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. This harmonious chorus represents a community that is currently experiencing a resurgence, offering refuge to Jews who feel threatened in Europe and other regions.The Jewish Community of Oporto has seen remarkable growth over the past three years, with its membership expanding from a mere 100 to now encompassing 300 individuals hailing from various corners of the globe. What’s noteworthy is the unity between religious and secular members within our community.
The overwhelming majority of the synagogue’s members are either foreign-born or descendants of European immigrants who arrived during the 20th century. This diversity underscores the vibrant tapestry of the contemporary Jewish community in Oporto.