Toledo Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 75%Art & Design Lovers
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- 68%Spiritual Seekers
- 57%Budget Travelers
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- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 01, 2014
Historically, Holy Toledo was the Kingdom of Toledo, the juridical definition of a Christian medieval kingdom in what is now central Spain. However, I probably heard it first as something the Boy Wonder (Robin) exclaimed on the old Batman TV Show.
Gayle and I spent a wonderful time in Toledo as a day trip from Madrid. It's a UNESCO Heritage Site for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire. It was a place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, as well as the place where harsh religious persecutions were held against the Jews. Many famous people and artists were born or lived in Toledo, including Al-Zarqali, Garcilaso de la Vega, Eleanor of Toledo, Alfonso X and El Greco. It was also the place of important historic events such as the Visigothic Councils of Toledo.
Sitting on a large hill, "Old Toledo" is encircled on three sides by the Tagus River and 2 Medieval Walls on the 4th. This old city retains its medieval road plan and the best thing about walking around here is getting lost. That's easy due to the twisting streets and irregular terrain. However, the old city is relatively small and can be crossed in 45 minutes, so you are never too far from the center. When you want to head back, just head uphill and you are virtually guaranteed to end up at the main plaza, Plaza de Zocodover.
Highlights of our time in Toledo included touring the Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Museum, the Alcazar, El Greco's House, the Sinagoga del Transito, and the Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca. Walking around was also fun, as was snacking on Nun-Baked Dulces Artesanos and eating lunch out on the patio looking out over one of the narrow streets. We also found a few sharp Toledo knives to take home.Recommended for:
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4May 14, 2014
Toledo is home to "Mazapan" a traditional Spanish sweet dating back to the Moorish era of Spain. Marzipan is mentioned in the classical novel "1,001 Nights" and it's referred as an aphrodisiac. Don't leave the city without trying it!
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Dec 19, 2013
One of the most beautiful cities in Espana, Toledo played a prominent role in the history of Spain. It was conquered by Alfonso VI, King of Castille, in 1085, and during much of the 16th century, it served as Spain's capital..
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 13, 2013
An easy day trip from Madrid. Toledo is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. It has some of the best examples of mudejar style architecture and is a wonderful medieval town. The old city walls give this town a fairy tale type feel to it. Explore the town, the many churches, and just soak it all in.Recommended for:
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
One of the Best Day-Trips to take while in Madrid. This city is full of charm and the Moorish architecture is spectacular! There are so many nooks to explore and so many small restaurants off the beaten path. A MUST is the Cathedral of Toledo. The town is so scenic and there is so much to do that an overnight stay would almost be in order.Recommended for:
- ToledoOct 22, 2013
This medieval city, nestled above the winding Tagus River, is a pristine UNESCO World Heritage site that is a must-see for history buffs. Wander the cobblestone streets of the walled city, browse local artisan specialties (like conquistador swords, ceramics and damascene), tour ancient cathedrals and eat tapas al fresco at streetside cafes, all with the authentic ambiance of one of Spain's most historic cities. It's only a thirty-minute train ride from Madrid, but Toledo transports visitors to a completely different era.Recommended for:
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
I loved walking around Toledo. The architecture was always interesting, lovely squares, fun shops, and great restaurants. A hightlight for me was a visit to the old synagogue. I bought some hand-painted mugs and intricate marzipan candies.Recommended for:
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jul 25, 2013
The city of Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, is located on a rocky headland, bordered by the river Tajo in the very heart of Spain, just 70 kilometers from the capital, Madrid.
Considered by many to be a "Second Rome", Toledo is still very much a unique city. Unique in its details, history, culture and charm. Three cultures from three single-faith religions - Muslim, Hebrew and Christian - left their imprints on this sad rock and cradle of civilizations - as Cervantes wrote - embracing the Tajo, witness to the mark of all the peoples of the Iberian Peninsular.
For centuries, the capital of Castile-La Mancha has been able to preserve an unrivaled, thousand-year-old urban, architectural, and artistic heritage. Churches, synagogues, mosques, convents, city walls, bridges, towers and an endless amount of cultural and artistic possibilities held in their buildings make Toledo a museum waiting to be discovered.
Losing yourself in its squares, gardens and narrow streets will make your visit an unforgettable experience. Made to be walked along their long slopes and to be seen on the horizon, there are a large number of monuments in Toledo, surrounded by unforgettable spots and places that awaken sensations in the eyes of those who visit and those who have the good fortune to live there.Recommended for:
- ToledoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersAug 19, 2012
Великолепный город, который некогда был столицей всего Испанского королевства. Узкие улочки, брусчатка, сотни магазинчиков с сувенирами и ресторанчиков - все что нужно среднестатистическому туристу.
- ToledoJul 16, 2012
If you have a choice between Segovia in the north or Toledo to the south, go to Segovia.
For me, Toledo was interesting but a bit overdone as a tourist destination.
The major detractors for me:
- at the time, the Alcázar was closed for renovation
- swarms of tourists made it difficult to see anything in the city.
- lots of crass souvenir shops with fake medieval armaments
- poor quality food (and over-priced)
Obviously part 1 will have changed by now, but even if it were an exceptional attraction, I'm not sure the other problems would be cancelled out.
- ToledoJul 05, 2012
A beautiful city on a hill. It's surrounded by a stone wall and feels as if you've stepped back in time. Medieval times! It's full of windy cobble stone streets, beautiful buildings, fun shops, manchego cheese, and swords. It's only about a 20-30 train ride from the Atocha station in downtown Madrid. Once you arrive you can take a bus to the old part, walk, or take a taxi. Make sure to bring good comfortable walking shoes.
- ToledoJul 05, 2012
A must do day trip from Spain. The buses are frequent, comfy, and inexpensive. Toledo is an ancient city, and a walk along the river is a must do. The views are fantastic and getting lost with in the city is quite a cultural experience. There are less travelers here and thus, a more pure culture and more opportunities to interact with laid back locals. Look forward to your day here!
- ToledoJul 03, 2012
Less than an hour from Madrid this walled city high in the mountains will surprise you. The best way to spend one day outside Madrid. Definitely worth it - just walking in the city and along its walls is worth the trip. Also, try the famous "mazapanes" pastries.
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