Spain is considered the world‘s leading country in foreign tourism (about 60 million foreign tourists annually) – blessed with people who come to visit its famous sites or relax on the golden beaches of the Costa Brava or the Costa del Sol.
To us, Spain is important for other reasons: the rich Jewish history of Catalonia, Andalusia and the city of Toledo is firmly planted in our national psyche – mainly because of the Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century.
Some have seen benefits of these practices as a point of health and preventing infections especially in areas where humans come in close contact with each other.
The name España is of uncertain origin; from it derived the Hispania of the roman Empire.
Important regions within the modern nation are the Basque Country (País Vasco), the Catalan-Valencian-Balearic area, and Galicia—each of which has its own language and a strong regional identity.
Combine all this with an entire population that is discovering its Jewish roots, and renewing Jewish life in this beautiful land.
Then add warm hospitality, fine wine and great food – and you‘ll discover a Portugal you never knew existed.