In the morning we will leave Barcelona towards Tarragona, a beutiful mediterranean city located 100 kms (62 miles) south, at the Mediterranean Coast. Tarragona was the port of embarkation of the Jews expolsed in 1492 who wanted to get to Italy. The city host the best preserved roman remains of the Iberian Peninsula, which have been declared “World heritage site” by the UNESCO. Being a Roman Imperial Capital, with more tan 2000 years of history, this city hosted one of the oldest Jewries in Spain.
In the afternoon we will continue towards TORTOSA, where we will enjoy a good lunch at the Castle of La Zuda, a 10th century fortress built by the arabs during their long stay in the city, that later one protected the local Jews from the attacks of the Christian population on 1391. Its excellent location offers attonishing views of the city, besides becoming one of the best hotels and restaurants of the area.
After lunch we will visit the city of Tortosa and its Ancien Jewish district. Tortosa hosted one of the most important Jewish Comunities in Spain and preserves si–almost intact- the structure of its ancien Jewish district since the Middle Ages. The city is sadly famous in the history of the Jewish People by the Dispute that took place in its Cathedral between 1413 and 1414, organized by the Pope Benedict 13.