- Location: In central Spain, located 70 km south of Madrid.
- Best time to Visit: During the spring. Avoid the summer season.
- Preferred Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.
- How to reach:
The nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD), located just 80 km away from Toledo. You will find a number of flights from several destinations throughout the world to reach here.
AVE high-speed trains can also take you to Paseo de la Rosa station, Toledo from the Atocha station of Madrid in 30 minutes. It might be a bit costly, but surely a faster mode of transportation. From the Toledo station, take urban bus number 22 to reach the city center.
You can reach Toledo from Madrid by car. Take A-42 freeway and follow the sign to reach Toledo.
You will also find buses from Estacion Sur de Autobuses of Madrid in every 30 minutes until 9.30 p.m. for Toledo. It may take about an hour to reach Toledo from Madrid, depending upon the traffics on the road. The town proper of Toledo is a 20 minutes steep walk from the Toledo bus station. You may also avail of the local buses to reach town proper.
- Nearest Airport: Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD).
- Nearest Rail Station: Paseo de la Rosa
- Preferred Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
If you are among those who can go any far to experience some of the richest heritages of the world, and if you are among those who are fond of various cultures and want to explore those throughout the world, then the historic city of Toledo must be the destination of your choice. Toledo is a historic city and municipality in central Spain, located 70 km south of Madrid. It is the city of extensive culture where one can find the coexistence of different cultures like Christian, Jewish, and Moorish. It is also the land of monumental heritage that brought it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1986.
Located on a large hill, the old Toledo is surrounded by the Tagus River on its three sides. The twisting streets are often crowded with locals, tourists, and a large number of cars. If you wish to visit the city on your own, it is better to carry a map, otherwise, you may end up losing completely. The historic city of Toledo can get pretty crowded especially during the weekends of high season.
Visiting the Historic City of Toledo
It is always better to stay in the city of Toledo while visiting the historic city, but if you wish, you can also visit the city as a getaway from Madrid. If you are not staying at Toledo, then it is better to park your car outside the city walls. You will find plenty of car parks. Now, you need to collect a map of the city from the tourist information center located just opposite the Puerta de Bisagra. Now you can enter the old city through the glorious stone gate. As the place is not too vast, it is quite possible to visit the city on foot. There are waiting a number of tourist attractions for you which include Alcí¡zar, Cathedral of Toledo, Monastery Cisterciense de Santo Domingo de Silos, Puerta Bisagra, Synagogue El Trí¡nsito, Synagogue of Saint María la Blanca, Taller del Moro, etc.
Alcazar: One of the most popular attractions of Toledo, Alcí¡zar is a large square building overlooking the river at Franco’s old military barracks on the outskirts of the old city. A fortress once used by Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Christians, Alcí¡zar is arguably the most emblematic monument of Toledo.
Cathedral of Toledo: The Cathedral of Toledo, located on the top of the hill, was founded in the 1st century by San Eugenio, the first Bishop of Toledo. Later during the Moorish occupation of Spain, the cathedral was transformed into a mosque, and again later converted back to the cathedral by Alfonso VI.
Opening Hours: 10.00 a.m. to 06.30 p.m. (from Monday to Saturday)
02.00 p.m. to 06.30 p.m. (Sundays)
Entrance Fee: â‚¬6.00
Puerta Bisagra: It amazing stone gateway is the main entrance to the old city. The gateway is divided into two parts — one is the old gate which was built during the 6th and 7th centuries, while the other part is the new gate which was built in the 16th century.
Sinagogue El Trí¡nsito: It is a 13th century museum which showcases the history of the Jewish population in Toledo. Jews’ influence on the local culture and events can also be seen here.
Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes: It is a 15th-century monastery built in Gothic style.
Museum Parroquía de Santo Tomíé: This is a wonderful museum with beautiful Mudíéjar tower that dates back to the 14th century. The museum houses ‘The Burial of Count Orgaz’ — one of the most famous paintings of El Greco.
Opening Hours: 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
Entrance Fee: â‚¬1.90
Besides these, you can also visit a number of museums that the city has for the tourists which include Museum of El Greco, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Santa Cruz, Museum of the Fundación Duque de Lerma, Museum de los Concilios y Cultura Visigoda, and Museum of Victorio Macho.
Further information about the tourist attractions of Toledo can be had from the tourist information office at the following address:
Tourist Information Office
Puerta de Bisagra
Must-Do: Roast meats and stews are two things the city of Toledo is known for. So, make it a point to have those before you leave Toledo.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=eJAxicRj4Qo&feature=related: To find out the major attractions of Toledo, including the popular sightseeing destinations, watch this wonderful slideshow.
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=eOJNWGAYOb8&feature=related: Watch this traveler’s video to check out a day of sightseeing in the beautiful Toledo! You will get a feel of the great architectural works and the rich history of the place in this clip!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=eOJNWGAYOb8&feature=related: This is a very interesting and informative traveler’s account on a visit to Toledo. Check it out!