Castelo de Vide is one of those magical places which you come across unexpectedly on the border between Spain and Portugal. It is 20 minutes by car from Valencia de Alcántara on the N-521 road.
You can’t miss the castle or the hamlet it has sheltered for several centuries or other Sephardic treasures. Now is when you will discover those traditional streets of whitewashed houses and doorways with pointed arches. The street up to the castle is certainly a steep one but when you reach it the effort will have been worthwhile. What you will find is a fortress with a village inside it, a veritable labyrinth of alleyways decked with flowers which give the place a most pleasant aroma. It is worth mentioning that the town has won numerous awards for its cleanliness and its flower-bedecked streets.
Continue on your way down the hill which leads to the synagogue. This building is now a two-storey museum which portrays the daily life of the Jews of Castelo de Vide. It also honours the memory of all those who were put to death by the Spanish Inquisition.