Toledo

Toledo is the repository of more than 2,000 years of history. Its masterpieces are the product of heterogeneous civilizations in an environment where the existence of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – was a major factor.1 For this reason, the history city of Toledo is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage SiteClick here to see a photo gallery of Toledo.

Only about 70 km from Madrid, Toledo is an easy escape and offers you a fun day of exploring the winding cobblestone streets of this medieval city.

By train: 33 minutes; purchase a Renfe ticket for a high-speed AVE train, leaving from Estación de Atocha and arriving in Toledo

By bus: 1 hour; catch an Alsa bus (on the grey Circular metro line) from Intercambiador de Plaza Elíptica to Estación de Autobuses de Toledo, every half hour until 21:30; once in Toledo, the walk up to old town is a steep but picturesque 20 minutes from the Toledo bus terminal2

By car: 1 hour

Parking on the narrow cobbled streets of inner Toledo is virtually impossible except for short loading/unloading stops, but there’s a big garage in Calle de Santa Úrsula, right in the centre.3

The Cathedral of Toledo (Catedral Primada) is a main attraction. The awe-inspiring, enormous gold-grilled gates and altar in the main chapel make the interior shimmer. The chapel’s works of art, elaborate frescoes, massive doors, detailed sculptures and intricate crucifixes give visitors the feeling of stepping back in time to hundreds of years ago and walking through centuries of history.4

Start your people-watching from Plaza de Zocodóver. From 1465 until the 1960s Zocodover was the scene of the city’s Tuesday market and successor to the Arab souq ad-dawab (livestock market), hence the name. It was also here that toledanos for centuries enjoyed their bullfights or, morbidly, gathered to witness public burnings at the stake carried out by the Inquisition.5 While at Plaza de Zocodóver, stop for a sweet treat at Santo Tomé and buy their famous animal-shaped mazápan!

Find current events at Toledo Turismo. For recommendations on all there is to see and do, check out TripAdvisorWikitravel and Lonely Planet.

Buen viaje!

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