Qahal. Myths and truths about Mallorcan Jews

QAHAL. MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT MALLORCAN JEWS

QAHAL. MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT MALLORCAN JEWS

How much do we actually know about one of Mallorca’s most ancient cultures?

How much do we actually know about one of Mallorca’s most ancient cultures?

3 hours

Up to 20

Walking tour

Accessible

Description

If you are either a Jewish visitor to Mallorca or your ancestors belonged to that millenary culture, a visit to the city of Palma is something you cannot miss.

The Jews stablished in the Balearic Islands for the first time in the 5th century A. D. and we are still being home for the descendants of what has become one of the most ancient ethnic groups in our history. However, most people do not know so much about them as one could think.

On this tour you will discovrl, one by one, all the fascinating mysteries about a culture without the presence of which we could not understand Palma’s history.

Do we know exactly where they lived? Do we know how many of them there were? Where did they come from? Do we actually know which their main jobs were? What relation did they have with the Kings of Mallorca? And with the Kings of Aragon? When did exactly all the persecutions begin? Why was the Jewish Quarter created? And, who created it?

You will find out the answers to all of these questions and even more.

Itinerary

I will take you to the, once, three Jewish neighborhoods that existed in the City of Mallorca during the Late Middle Ages. We will explore its narrow streets looking for clues that let us visualize the evolution of this urban space in the 14th century’s Palma. As we stroll this quiet maze of alleys, I will give you accurate information about all of the economic, social and political problems the Jewish community of this city faced for 200 years as well as its relation with the island’s institutions, specially the Crown of Mallorca.

Description

If you are either a Jewish visitor to Mallorca or your ancestors belonged to that millenary culture, a visit to the city of Palma is something you cannot miss.

The Jews stablished in the Balearic Islands for the first time in the 5th century A. D. and we are still being home for the descendants of what has become one of the most ancient ethnic groups in our history. However, most people do not know so much about them as one could think.

On this tour you will discovrl, one by one, all the fascinating mysteries about a culture without the presence of which we could not understand Palma’s history.

Do we know exactly where they lived? Do we know how many of them there were? Where did they come from? Do we actually know which their main jobs were? What relation did they have with the Kings of Mallorca? And with the Kings of Aragon? When did exactly all the persecutions begin? Why was the Jewish Quarter created? And, who created it?

You will find out the answers to all of these questions and even more.

Itinerary

I will take you to the, once, three Jewish neighborhoods that existed in the City of Mallorca during the Late Middle Ages. We will explore its narrow streets looking for clues that let us visualize the evolution of this urban space in the 14th century’s Palma. As we stroll this quiet maze of alleys, I will give you accurate information about all of the economic, social and political problems the Jewish community of this city faced for 200 years as well as its relation with the island’s institutions, specially the Crown of Mallorca.

What travellers said about this tour

5/5
Albert was wonderful. He met us on time and where we had agreed to. He showed us sites and areas that we would never have seen on our own. He was very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone traveling to Mallorca.
Mayer Shames
California

What to know

» The lenght of the tour is 3 hours.

» Up to 20 participants.

» This is a walking tour.

» This is a private and historical tour.

» It is a family and weelchair friendly tour.

Important

» Please, remember to inform Mallorca Cultural Tours in case there are members in the group that use a wheelchair. If you use a wheelchair you must be able to get in and out of the car. 

Meeting point

» Either your hotel, as long as it is located in Palma’s Old Quarter, or Parc de la Mar if you come by cruise ship. The port is not a meeting location for this tour.

You need to take the shuttle bus from the cruise ship to the city center. There are several bus companies that offer the shuttle service; you will find them inmediately as you debark. The buses that offer this service have a board on the windshield that says “shuttle” alongside the name of your cruiseship. The shuttle bus leaves you next to a breakwater called Escollera. Once you get off the bus, you walk towards the Cathedral (the Cathedral is really huge and it will be in front of you as you get off the shuttle, so there is no way you miss it). Then, you cross the motorway by the pedestrian light and… this is it! The esplanade with an artificial lake you will see before you is Parc de la Mar. You will see your tour guide holding either a tablet or a clipboard with your name on it.

Languages

» English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.

What’s included

» Guiding services delivered by a local and licensed tour guide.

What’s not included

» Personal expenses like drinks, meals or
souvenirs.

What to know

» The lenght of the tour is 3 hours.

» Up to 20 participants.

» This is a walking tour.

» This is a private and historical tour.

» It is a family and weelchair friendly tour.

Important

» Please, remember to inform Mallorca Cultural Tours in case there are members in the group that use a wheelchair. If you use a wheelchair you must be able to get in and out of the car. 

Meeting point

» Either your hotel, as long as it is located in Palma’s Old Quarter, or Parc de la Mar if you come by cruise ship. The port is not a meeting location for this tour.

You need to take the shuttle bus from the cruise ship to the city center. There are several bus companies that offer the shuttle service; you will find them inmediately as you debark. The buses that offer this service have a board on the windshield that says “shuttle” alongside the name of your cruiseship. The shuttle bus leaves you next to a breakwater called Escollera. Once you get off the bus, you walk towards the Cathedral (the Cathedral is really huge and it will be in front of you as you get off the shuttle, so there is no way you miss it). Then, you cross the motorway by the pedestrian light and… this is it! The esplanade with an artificial lake you will see before you is Parc de la Mar. You will see your tour guide holding either a tablet or a clipboard with your name on it.

What’s included

» Guiding services delivered by a local and licensed tour guide.

What’s not included

» Personal expenses like drinks, meals or
souvenirs.

Languages

» English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.

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