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CASTELO DE VIDE TOURISM GUIDE

Medieval charm and a Jewish enclave


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View 
of Castelo de Vide from its castle The pretty town of Castelo de Vide is of Roman origin, and nearby are the ruins of the Roman settlement of Miróbriga. Many Roman artifacts have been found there (most of them now in Lisbon's museums), but it's the sizeable Jewish presence in the Middle Ages that the town is now known for.

Castelo de Vide's ancient Jewish Quarter There is an atmospheric medieval Judiaria, or Jewish Quarter, where time seems to have stood still, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses (most of them with Gothic doorways and potted plants on the doorsteps). Here is also the oldest synagogue in the country, although all that remains is one modest little room.

Crato 
Pousada In a pretty little square below the Jewish Quarter is a covered Renaissance fountain with a pyramid roof supported by six marble columns, and a central urn carved with figures of boys. The nearby spa allegedly cures a variety of disorders from diabetes to blood pressure problems.

From the Judiaria it's a short climb to the 14th century castle that looks down on the town. Inside the walls is a medieval quarter that preserves an ancient atmosphere.

Down the hill is the newer part of town, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, with wider, less steep streets. The elegant main square, Praça Dom Pedro V, is surrounded by Baroque buildings, churches, and the Town Hall.

There are two daily express bus services to and from Lisbon, although the town is best reached by car, which is also the easiest way to reach nearby CRATO, a village with a beautifully restored castle-monastery, now serving as a stylish pousada.

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Places Nearby

Marvão - White walled town reaching the sky
Estremoz - A legendary miracle; a luxury pousada
Monsaraz - A white town; a magical medieval atmosphere
Evora - A museum-town; a Roman temple; prehistoric sites
Vila Viçosa - Marble extravagance; a royal retreat
Elvas - Impressive military fortifications; a monumental aqueduct
Beja - A famous 17th century love affair; a lavish old convent
Mértola - Islam meets Christianity



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
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Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
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Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
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Faro
Lagos
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Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
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BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
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Buçaco
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Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
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PORTO AND DOURO
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Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
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Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
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