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Lumina Catedral de Toledo
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Una de las ciudades más bellas de europa que esconde en sus callejones, como un enorme secreto, más de 2.000 años de historia. un patrimonio de la humanidad casi inabarcable. un lugar al que tendrás que volver., tu patrimonio mundial.
Descubre la majestuosidad de Toledo, ciudad declarada Patrimonio Mundial por la UNESCO . Sumérgete en sus estrechas calles empedradas que cuentan historias de siglos pasados, mientras contemplas la imponente arquitectura de sus monumentos.
Disfruta de la riqueza cultural que se respira en cada rincón, desde la imponente Catedral hasta la sinuosa belleza del río Tajo que abraza la ciudad. Toledo, donde la historia y la tradición convergen, te invita a explorar su encanto atemporal.
Embárcate en una experiencia única y descubre por qué este tesoro español cautiva a cada visitante .
¡Toledo te espera con los brazos abiertos!
Ideas para una visita perfecta a Toledo
¿A dónde ir primero? ¿qué es “lo que hay que ver”? Toledo tiene el casco histórico más grande de España. Te ayudamos a elegir:
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Tres culturas en una ciudad
Dentro de nuestras murallas, musulmanes, judíos y cristianos convivieron durante siglos con sus propias costumbres y en relativa paz.
El Greco en Toledo
El Greco llega a Toledo en 1577 y aquí vive hasta su muerte en 1614. Deja en la ciudad algunas obras geniales y la plenitud de su creatividad.
Déjate llevar por la emoción y la belleza de Lumina, una experiencia nocturna única en el mundo que te invita a contemplar el esplendor de la Catedral Primada de Toledo.
Ideas para una estancia perfecta en Toledo
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¿Sabíais que Toledo es una ciudad de 10?
Por si no lo sabías aquí te dejamos 10 planes experienciales que te darán ideas para poder vivir y disfrutar todas y cada una de las caras de Toledo.
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Ideas para ser, vivir y compartir Toledo
Si lo que buscas es conocer que hay detrás de toda la cultura y patrimonio toledano...este es tu apartado.
Con Jimena como acompañante de viaje descubrirás Toledo de una forma que nunca antes habrías imaginado.
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Recorrer Toledo acompañado por un guía especializado es una estupenda opción.
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En las cuatro oficinas que hay repartidas por la ciudad te ayudarán a organizarte.
Qué pasa en Toledo
¡No todo va a ser andar! En la ciudad hay más cosas que hacer:
Exposición del Archivo Histórico de la Nobleza: Mujer, Nobleza y Poder
Mujer, Nobleza y Poder es un homenaje a grandes mujeres de la historia de España que ejercieron poder, destacaron en la política o tuvieron influencia en la vida cultural de su época.
Se exhiben 50 documentos originales de figuras tan relevantes como Beatriz Galindo la Latina , Juana Pimentel, la princesa de Éboli... así como documentos relacionados con María Pacheco o Eugenia de Montijo.
Mercado de flores - Jardín de San Lucas
No te pierdas el Mercado de flores que se desarrolla un día al mes en un marco incomparable: el jardín de la iglesia de San Lucas , en horario de 10:00 a 14:00 horas . Reúne a expositores profesionales y aficionados del sector: viveros, floristerías, artistas de las flores, huertos de ocio. Es una iniciativa del Consorcio para dinamizar sus espacios recuperados y darles vida.
Prior: 70 años de pintura
Desde el 23 de febrero al 5 de mayo desccubre la obra de este creador nacido en Puertollano en 1933. La muestra incluye un recorrido por las diferentes etapas de su evolución artística, desde el realismo de los primeros años al expresionismo que domina la mayor parte de su larga carrera artística. La encontrarás en el Museo de Santa Cruz, en su horario habitual y la entrada es gratuita.
Espacio Rafael Canogar
El Espacio Rafael Canogar se ubica en el Tallerón del Museo Victorio Macho , que se levantó expresamente como taller del escultor, luego transformado y equipado como sala de exposiciones con la rehabilitación del conjunto de Roca Tarpeya en 1999. Es el primer espacio expositivo permanente dedicado al artista toledano.
Programa de mano
Visitas gratuitas y guiadas a diversos monumentos, yacimientos arqueológicos y otros lugares de interés que han sido recuperados por el Consorcio de la Ciudad de Toledo y que llevaban años, en algunos casos siglos, sin poder ser visitados.
Almacén visitable: "Espacio Mudéjar"
Desde el 27 de julio el Museo de Santa Cruz abre un nuevo espacio, "el almacen visitable" en el que se pueden visitar una de las colecciones de arte mudejar más significativas de los siglos XIII al XVI.
Destacan los brocales de pozo bajomedievales y una pila bautismal del siglo XV procedente de la parroquia de El Salvador, donde según la tradición, fue bautizada Juana I de Castilla.
Una ciudad de foto
Tráete la cámara porque hay pocas ciudades más fotografiables que Toledo. La luz de Toledo es única. La ciudad ofrece innumerables formas y colores, pequeños y exquisitos rincones y grandes panorámicas.
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Where are the Tourist Offices in Toledo?
Looking for tourist information about Toledo? If you are preparing a trip to Toledo or you are already doing tourism and you are looking for where the Tourism offices are located in our city, we will help you next. Discover the Tourist Offices in Toledo.
In Toledo we can find at least five public offices (belonging to the administration) for tourist services, which are:
Regional Tourist Office specialized in providing information at the local, provincial and regional levels. It has a wide variety of brochures on the five provinces of Castilla La Mancha, the different localities of the province of Toledo and variety of brochures on Toledo city, tourist services.
They attend in several languages.
- Web: www.turismocastillalamancha.es
- Phone: 925267666 – 925267670 – 925267669 – 925269892
- Address: Plaza de Zocodover, 8 (under the arcades) 45001 Toledo
Days and opening hours:
- Winter: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 h. Sundays and public holidays from 10,00 to 15,00h.
- Summer: Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 17.00 h. Sundays and public holidays from 10,00 to 15,00h.
- Closing days: 25 December and 1 January.
Other services: Accessible, Pets allowed, TV screen
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✅ Tourism Office Puerta de Bisagra
General information about Castilla La Mancha, especially Toledo, and advice on places to visit in the region depending on the requests and particular needs of each visitor.
Web: www.turismocastillalamancha.es Telephone: 925251005
Address: Paseo de Merchán s/n Zip Code: 45003 Location:(Old Town) Puerta Bisagra
- Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 h. Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 14:00h.
- Closing days: December 25 and January 1
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Other services: Accessible, Pets allowed, TV screen.
✅ Toledo City Council Municipal Tourism Office
* Temporarily closed. Moved to Centro Culturel de San Marcos, on Calle Trinidad. One of the Kiosks has been set up in Zocodover as a tourist information point.
Municipal Tourist Office of the city of Toledo, located in the small arches of the Town Hall in front of the Primada Cathedral. Tourist information of the city of Toledo in different languages. It also houses the offices of the Central Services of the Toledo Municipal Tourism Board. Tourism Department.
Web: turismo.toledo.es Telephone: +34925254030
Address: Plaza del Consistorio, 1 Zip: 45001 Location:(Old Town) Town Hall, Cathedral
- Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
- Closing days: 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 and 6 January.
Other Services: Free Wi-Fi, Accessible, Pets Allowed, TV Screen, Public Toilets&br /&gt; SICTED Adhered: Yes.
✅ Municipal Tourism Office Railway Station AVE Toledo
Municipal Tourist Office, located inside the AVE Toledo Railway Station, Neomudejar style, is a declared Monument of Culturel Interest.
Belongs to: Toledo City Council.
Web: turismo.toledo.es Telephone: +34 925 23 91 21
Address: Paseo de la Rosa, s/n Zip Code: 45006 Location: Barrio de Santa Bárbara
- Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Closing days: Closed afternoons. 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 and 6 January.
Other services: Accessible, Pets allowed, TV screen.SICTED Adhered: Yes.
✅ Toledo Provincial Tourism Office
The Toledo Provincial Tourist Office offers local and provincial assistance and information services to all users who require them. It is located on the ground floor of the Toledo Provincial Council building, just outside the escalators that go up from Paseo de Recaredo.
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Belongs to: Toledo Provincial Council
- Web: www.diputoledo.es
- Phone: 925248232
- Address: Calle Subida de la Granja, s/n.
Zip Code: 45002
Location: (Old Town) Puerta Bisagra
- Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 16:00 h. Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 15:00 h.
Other services: Accessible, TV screen
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- Country: Spain / España
- Status: city
- Population: approximately 45,000
- Location: approximately 70 km / 44 miles south-west of Madrid
- Journey time: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
- Nearest bus route: Galeano International from Estación Sur, Méndez Alvaro, Tel: +34 91 468 42 00
- Nearest railway station: Atocha, summer several trains an hour, winter not so often
- By car: N-401
- Language: Castilian Spanish
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Time zone: 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Country dialling code: +34
- Telephone area code: 91
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz - round two-pin plugs are used
- Average daily January temperature: 9°C / 48°F
- Average daily July temperature: 31°C / 88°F
- City height above sea level: 655 metres / 2,148 feet
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One day in Toledo, the ultimate itinerary you need for an unforgettable visit
Right after the massive lockdown in Europe in 2020, I got to travel to Toledo for a day. At the time, my brother was studying there so I got to drive with him to pick up some of his stuff. Spending one day in Toledo was the perfect getaway albeit a bit far from Cadiz, where I am from. However, this one-day trip is one of the many things you can do if you are visiting Madrid since it’s only a 30-minute train ride or a 1.5 hour bus ride.
I didn’t do much planning which I regret because I lost some precious time. That’s why after my not-so-perfect day in Toledo, I decided I would put together the itinerary I would have loved to follow. This is what I ideally would have done, had I had a better grasp of things during my visit to Toledo.
Before you visit Toledo…
These are some things to consider before you spend one day in Toledo or in any place for that matter. Just a reminder to do some research before embarking on your adventure.
You will not have time to see everything
That’s a fact. The historic city of Toledo has been declared Unesco heritage and it has innumerable historical sites that exude history… And one day in Toledo is not enough. Think about the places that you absolutely cannot miss and build your itinerary on that.
I have put together a map with a suggested route, main attractions and other places of interest around the area so that you can visualise where everything stands. If there is anything you would like to visit and is not there, just add it to the map.
Research lesser-known things to do
Do some research to learn what other activities that line up with your hobbies you can do. For example, I knew I wanted to go to a lookout to out of the city to take awesome photos, visit the Jewish museum and do a guided city tour because I love learning a little about history. So before I started my day I made sure I had all that arranged and planned.
Think about things that you enjoy when you travel. History? Architecture? Photography? Food? Nature? Adventure sports? There is plenty to do in Toledo but if you do not research it you will miss out.
These are some cool things off the beaten path you can do in Toledo during the day: – City zip line over the river – Self-guided city tour through a city escape – Join a food tour – Nature hike along the Tagus river and up the Valley
You can totally have a fulfilling day in Toledo for free, minus food and beverages, of course. Here are a few choices on how you can spend your money wisely if you decide to do so and how to save a few euros.
You can buy a tourist bracelet for 10 Euros, totally worth it if you are going to visit 4 or more of the monuments. Otherwise, each monument costs 3 euros each. The bracelet is valid for as long as you have it in your wrist so you can use it multiple days and you can totally reenter all the monuments. I think it is also worth it even if you are just staying one day in Toledo, because some spots don’t take very long to visit. Check here what monuments are included in the deal.
Some museums, galleries and buildings will be free or at a reduced price on certain days of the week, especially during this “new normality”. Below, you will find more detailed information, but if you want an easy list of free monuments put together by a local tour operator click on this link (sorry, only in Spanish).
Well, they are not exactly free since you are expected to tip the guide. It is still cheaper than your average tour and quite informative. A few companies offer these services and you can make a reservation through here or show up in Plaza Zocodover and ask if you can join them.
Perfect one day itinerary
Let me be clear before we start, there is no perfect itinerary. This is my version of a perfect day in Toledo here and now. Next year I may feel different about it and you now may feel different, too. Everybody likes different things to do, travels at different paces, have different budgets… There is no one size fits all. (By the way, I hate it when I see that label on clothing. It clearly doesn’t fit people my hight, how absurd!! Just say I didn’t want to bother making smaller sizes…)
Having said that, remember, this is just a guideline so that you don’t feel lost as I did.
Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo
- How to get there : It depends on where you are staying
- Why you should visit: The jewel of the crown in Toledo
- Duration: 15 mins (outside), 1.5 – 2 hours (full visit)
- Price: 10.50 Euros / 12.50 including bell tower and tapestry museum
- Included in tourist bracelet: no
- Discount: Sundays from 14 to 18.30h. free for Toledo locals, 2.50 euros for Spanish citizens and normal price for non-citizens.
- Other points of interest in the area: Museum of Manchego cheese, Alcázar and Military Museum
- Go to Mass at 9 am to listen to the service in the Hispanic-Mozarabic rite (as opposed to the Roman rite).
- If you are interested in the Military Museum it’s better to visit it in the morning since this self walking tour will only lead you further from it.
- Pro tip: I have recently read that visits to the Cathedral will soon be free Monday to Friday 8 to 9.30 am. The reason is that Unesco Heritage buildings should be free at least 4 times a month, someone pointed that out and they are studying the case. You can read the news in Spanish here .
- Website: https://www.catedralprimada.es/en
Santo Tomé Church
- Distance from previous stop: 3 min. walk
- How to get there : walk up on Cardenal Cisneros road following Camino el Salvador and Santo Tome road.
- Why you should visit: This church from the 1400s holds the most important painting from El Greco, El Entierro del Señor de Orgaz .
- Duration: 5 mins (outside), 20 – 30 mins (full visit)
- Price: 3 euros
- Included in tourist bracelet: yes
- Discount: free for Toledo locals (so this is probably a no for you)
- El Salvador Church on Plaza de El Salvador (3 euros or free entry with tourist bracelet);
- the narrowest street in Toledo, Callejón de la Soledad , a bit further up Santo Tomé street.
- follow Paseo del Conde towards Mirador de San Cristóbal for a nice view of the most expensive cottages in Toledo, the Cigarrales .
- Tip: if you don’t have the tourist bracelet and you are not interested in seeing the most famous painting by El Greco, you can either skip this spot if swap if for El Salvador Church.
- Website: http://santotome.org/la-iglesia (Spanish only)
Transito Synagogue and Jewish museum
- Distance from previous stop: 4 min. walk
- How to get there : walk down the stairs and follow Reyes Católicos road.
- Why you should visit:
- Duration: 5 mins (outside), 45 mins (full visit)
- Discount: 5 Euros including El Greco Museum, free on weekends from Saturdays at 14h and on the following dates: April 8th, May 18th, October 12th and December 6th. All of June and July 2020 is free, too.
- Santa María la Blanca Synagogue, free with tourist bracelet
- Tip: If you don’t want to pay extra, pick the Synagogue that makes the most sense to you. Both of them are very pretty inside, but the Transit Synagogue has a very interesting museum on Jewish history in Spain. Closed on Mondays.
- Website: http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/msefardi/en/museo.html
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
- Distance from previous stop: 5 min. walk
- How to get there: continue on Reyes Católicos road
- Why you should visit: It is one of the most beautiful Gothic-style temples in Spain.
- Duration: 10 mins (outside), 20 – 30 mins (full visit)
- Discount: no
- Palace of Cava (Dukes of Maqueda)
- you can walk through the narrow streets of Jewish Quarters on your way to the Royal School of Noble Girls (included in tourist bracelet)
- Tip: closed 14 -15h.
- Website: https://toledomonumental.com/san-juan (Spanish only)
San Román Square
- How to get there : continue on Reyes Católicos road
- Why you should visit: San Román church, Museum of Councils and Visigothic culture and statue of Garcilaso de la Vega
- Duration: 15 mins (outside), 30 mins (full visit including Museum)
- Price: square stroll is free, Museum inside church 2 euros.
- Included in tourist bracelet: no, but nearby attraction does
- Discount: n/a
- Museum of Councils and Visigothic culture inside San Román Church (cost of 2 euros, free on Wednesday afternoons, Sundays and on May 18th and 31st.)
- follow one of the robbed alleys down to Padre Juan de Mariana square to visit the Jesuit Church. It’s free with the tourist bracelet and there is a nice viewpoint of Toledo Old Town from its tower.
San Vicente Square
- Distance from previous stop: 2 min. walk
- How to get there : follow the narrow street behind Garcilaso’s statue and turn right onto Esteban Illán road.
- Why you should visit: San Vicente church is a repurposed church that serves as an exhibition hall in the present. If it is open you can check it out.
- Duration: 10 mins (outside look)
- Price: free
- robbed alley with a gate
- Alfileritos road, plenty of tapas bars
- Our Sorrowful Mother (aka Our Lady of the Little Pins) shrine, with a very cool legend you can read here
- Tip: If interested in the current exhibit at San Vicente, come right after the visit to the Cathedral and continue your self-guided tour counterclockwise. They are only open 10 to 14h.
- Website: https://cultura.castillalamancha.es/patrimonio/catalogo-patrimonio-cultural/iglesia-de-san-vicente-de-toledo (Spanish only) Scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find current and future events on the bottom left corner.
Mosque of Cristo de la Luz
- Duration: 5 mins. (outside), 15 mins max (full visit)
- Gate of Valmadrón (cool photos with Mosque in the background and beautiful viewpoint)
- Gate del Sol go there on your way to the next stop
- Tip: closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Website: https://toledomonumental.com/cristo-luz
Puerta nueva de Bisagra (Bisagra Gate)
- How to get there : go through Valmadrón Gate, and turn right whenever possible, then turn left on Real del Arrabal road and continue straight ahead.
- Why you should visit: the biggest entrance gate to the old city of Toledo. Very impressive
- Duration: 10 mins
- Included in tourist bracelet: n/a
- tourist information office nearby
- Tip: if you feel like you can walk more, you can walk towards San Martín bridge on Paseo de Recaredo, a very pleasant walk if you are not too tired. Cross the bridge and find the bus stop that takes you to the Valley lookout.
Mirador del Valle
- Distance by bus: around 15 minutes
- How to get there : bus line L71, bus stop “Alfonso VI (Junto a Fuente)” on Paseo Merchán, near the tourist information office. Click here for timetables .
- Why you should visit: greatest view of Toledo Old Town
- Duration 15 mins or longer
- Price: free/bus ticket 1.40 euros one way
- Ermita del Valle (only Spanish)
- you can hike up to the lookout if you feel energetic.
- For best shots go in the early morning or before sunset
- Have a drink at the nearby bar while you wait for the golden hour to take your perfect shot
- Bus passes by every hour, for more accurate information, ask the bus driver
- Buy a bus card for 5 euros at the bus station (Unauto office) with 7 trips automatically added. One way trip costs 0.64 cents if you do that.
- When you get back, remember you can stop at San Martin Bridge, Puerta de la Bisagra and Plaza Zocodover, so that you don’t have to walk that much after such a long day.
San Martín Bridge or Alcázar
- Distance from previous stop: 10 to 20 minutes
- How to get there : hop on the bus on the same stop it left you at the lookout, stop either at San Martín Bridge stop to cross the bridge or Plaza Zocodover to see the Alcazar lit up at night.
- Why you should visit: both are iconic spots in the city
- Duration: 10 mins, just enough to cross the bridge or walk around the Alcázar
- Discount: Military museum in Alcázar is currently free
- Santa Cruz art gallery near Zocodover square
- city outdoor escalator near Zocodover square
- if you absolutely want to visit the Military Museum, head towards the Alcázar right after your visit to the Cathedral.
- You can hop off the bus at the bridge ad then walk towards the Alcázar (30 mins)
It takes a little over 2 hours to do the walking part of this itinerary excluding lunch stop, bus ride to the lookout and time inside premises. Your time at the lookout would add 1.5 hours to the itinerary, and if you decide to visit all the monuments and museums mentioned it would take between 3 and 4 hours. Altogether, the full itinerary would take over 8 hours to complete , which is a very dense and satisfying visit. In my opinion, this is a perfect itinerary to spend one day in Toledo.
This post has been written in July 2020 during what we commonly call ¨the new normality¨during the COVID crisis. Travel experiences during this period of time are very different from normal circumstances therefore:
- some businesses, museums and other tourist attractions may not be open when you visit and opening times and rest days may change.
- current free activities during the ¨new normality¨ may not be free in the future
- Availability to enter certain places may vary depending on demand
- websites attached are mostly in Spanish , but I think they are useful for you to check out the pictures and give you an idea of what the place looks like and if you are interested in going inside. Hopefully, google translate will help you out too.
- You can check this Castilla La Mancha tourism website for extra info in English, but I have noticed that the prices are outdated.
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You are so right in that you can’t see it all. I had allocated a day but needed a lot more. I wish I had your itinerary as it is a good route to take and the timings are helpful. My favourite parts of Toledo were visiting the Transito Signagogue and some of the museums.
I wish i had done my homework before my trip :). Transito synagogue was one of my favourites too, Spanish Jewish history would be hardly known if it weren’t for places like Toledo or Córdoba.
I spent a short day only in Toledo and didn’t get to see half of the things on your itinerary. It is such a gorgeous city. I hope to go back and spend more time there. The tourist bracelet is such a good idea and well worth the 10 euros.
Had I planned better, i probably would have gone for the tourist bracelet, too.
I’ve wanted to visit Toledo for a while now! I hope to be able to go one day soon!
Tash // A Girl with a View
I hope you can visit soon! It’s a great city!
Toledo sounds so interesting to me. I would love to visit. I especially would love to see the El Greco paintings in the churches and museum. I agree that one day sounds to short on time. Thanks for all the great info!
You’re welcome! I am sure you would like Toledo!
What a gorgeous spot. I’m dying to go to Spain, I cannot wait for the pandemic to be over so I can go.
I know! Hopefully we can all travel soon 🙂
Wow, so many great stuff to do and see! I´ve never been in Toledo and have no idea what to expect! But it looks like a great place to stay for a couple of days and explore! Would love to do so one day!
I didn’t know much about Toledo before. I’ll need to take a drive there some time!
We had a three night stay in Madrid I decided to take a day trip on the train to Toledo. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had a great day exploring the little couple the back streets. We found a fabulous little place for lunch away from the main tourist squares that served delicious Spanish food. We didn’t go in to any of the buildings because the architecture I’m just wondering around The street was enough for us I loved our day there
Love how organized this article is! I have never been to Spain, but definitely do want to do in the future. Great content! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sounds like an amazing experience! This is a great location for a day trip and find less touristy things to do. Thanks so much for sharing
I have seen some lovely pictures of Teledo on Instagram and it looks like a gem place to visit. I like how you provided all the information for a day’s visit. I’m interested in the Architecture and like you said, planning ahead will save time on the day.
Toledo is one of my favourite cities in Spain to visit! Great article!
I have never been to Toledo, but I would love to especially after seeing the photo from the Mirador del Valle viewpoint.
Toledo is a really lovely city worth to visit. I have been there twice and every time I love it even more. So characteristic! Really great itinerary!
It looks like a charming place to visit… Love your article and can’t wait to check it out myself 🙂
Loved reading your post! I studied in abroad in Toledo so it takes me back to my semester there. I loved hiking up to the Mirador del Valle. It does offer a great view of the city.
My biggest problem is that I want to see everything. I make an impossible plan but in the end, it never works 🙁 Your plan is amazing! Thank you for sharing!
Toledo look like a great day trip to take! The view of the city is beautiful, you itinierary and all the details are great to plan a trip there! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing!! Toledo looks gorgeous. Spain is next on my list! Saving this post for later :)!!
Toledo looks like such a beautiful city to visit. I’d really love to visit the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, it looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.
The Monastery is beautiful! Hopefully, you can visit some time soon. 🙂
Great post! I love Spanish cities and can’t wait to be back in Spain. Toledo seems so worth it, will check it out next time!
i spent a day in Toledo years ago and didn’t get to half these places lol. There is so much to see there! I’d love to go back for an overnight trip, especially so I could walk around before all the tourist crowds show up.
I would totally recommend an overnight stay and walk on the empty streets of the city.
I lover Spain! I can’t wait to go back and will defiantly be going to Toledo when I Do!
Toledo looks like such a lovely place! I didn’t know much about it before reading your post! I think the tourist bracelet is a brilliant idea! What a great way to make the most of seeing the some of the wonderful attractions! Thanks for the great guide!
Wow! Such a detailed guide. I didn’t know there’s so much to do in Toledo and I hope to be able to check it out soon.
Adding in the walking tour to this itinerary is super helpful. I always like to have a guide to stick to when you only have a day to see it all. Great post and Toledo looks like a beautiful place to visit x
Toledo is one of the few Spanish cities I still haven’t made it to! It looks like there is loads to do – I’ll def plan to spend more than a day. And what a good deal the bracelet is – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so cheap!
It really is a good deal, and yes, there is plenty to do and see in Toledo.
This post is a timely read as I am going to Spain at the end of May for 3 months and plan to do a day trip to Toledo from Madrid.
I hope the itinerary helps! It’s quite intense but if you are fast paces like me, you will enjoy it!
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One day in Toledo
The grandiose Cathedral
On leaving the Alcázar and after walking through the streets for about five minutes you will get to the Cathedral along Calle Cardenal Cisneros. This building is so imposing and has so much to see that you could spend hours there: the Monarch’s Chapel, the famous gold monstrance, the magnificent paintings in the sacristy, the choir stalls… You can learn about the curious tradition celebrated here every 15 August, on the feast day celebrations of the Virgin of Sagrario, when the custom is to drink from a variety of earthenware pots, jugs and glasses which are placed in the Cathedral and filled with water from the well in the cloister, as it is said to have miraculous properties. You’d better make a note for future visits.
A bird’s eye view of Toledo
Leave the Cathedral and head towards the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square, where you will find the two Renaissance buildings of the Episcopal Palace and the Town Hall. Along the street on the left, you’ll come to the alley of the Cuesta de la Ciudad (the city hill) which you can climb to reach the Jesuit church (also known as the church of San Ildefonso) in the Plaza Padre Juan de Mariana. It is located at the highest point of the city, so this is a perfect opportunity to catch one more view over the clustered rooftops of Toledo from its towers.
Looking towards the south, on the upper banks of the Tagus River, you can see the Cigarrales mansions, the old recreational estates of Toledo's bourgeoisie, many of which have been transformed into luxury accommodation.
Food in an old Toledo mansion house
It's now time for lunch, and you're right beside Calle Alfileritos, which is full of bars and restaurants where you can sit and have a relaxing meal. The atmosphere in many of them is warm and inviting, because they are usually located in old Toledo town houses or small palaces spread over several floors, which have been reformed to preserve the most characteristic decorative features. Suggestions from the menu include 'cocido' (meat and chickpea stew), 'carcamusas' (stewed pork with tomato), partridge, venison, or all number of game dishes. To accompany the meal, one of the region’s Denomination of Origin wines, naturally. On the way to Alfileritos, to the left you will see the building of the former San Pedro Mártir convent, which today forms part of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. The two interior cloisters are perfect for stopping and enjoying a moment of calm.
It’s time to discover the side of Toledo known as ‘the city of the three cultures’ by visiting the Jewish quarter and the district of the convents. You can do this by taking a relaxed stroll around the area.
A tour through the jewish quarter.
After a good meal, head towards the city’s Jewish quarter. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Plaza del Salvador, where you can see the Municipal Archive in the modern style, the result of restoration works on the old church of San Marcos. The building is particularly unusual, among other reasons because the archaeological remains discovered during the building works are integrated into its structure.
Heading out of this square along Calle de Santo Tomé, you will come to Santo Tomé Church . Inside the church you can see the painting, “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”, one of the masterpieces by the famous painter, El Greco. Continue along Calle San Juan de Dios until you come to the Tránsito Synagogue , also the site of the Sephardic Museum . After marvelling at the beauty of its decorative plasterwork, you can head into the museum to learn more about the Jewish tradition in Spain. The next stop is another synagogue, Santa María la Blanca , which you can reach along the Calle Reyes Católicos. The filigree and details on its capitals are astounding. Continuing on up this street you'll come across the imposing monastery of San Juan de los Reyes , built by the Catholic Monarchs. After the tour, visitors will be surprised to learn that the monarchs apparently found it a little on the small side. There are numerous crafts and souvenir shops all over this area. Some of these shops also have a workshop where visitors can see the craftsmen at work. Particularly typical in Toledo are the items of damascene work, ceramics, leather and embroidery. Not to mention of course the famous Toledo steel swords.
In the neighbourhood of the convents
If you continue up the Paseo de la Virgen de Gracia avenue, you’ll come to the area of Toledo’s convents. If you want to enjoy a gentle stroll, this is definitely the ideal place, as the streets here are havens of peace and tranquillity. Some of the convents even sell sweets and pastries, handmade by the nuns. The convents of San Antonio, San Clemente and the Agustinas Calzadas are just a few examples. From time to time if you look up you’ll see a series of raised walkways: these were used by the nuns to go from one building to another without being seen in public. Continuing along on foot you'll come to the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz and the Puerta del Sol , from where you can see the church of Santiago del Arrabal and the inside of the Bisagra Gate .
A great panoramic spot for watching the sunset
At this point you are very near the Plaza de Zocodover square, so you could jump in a taxi from the taxi rank beside the square up to the Parador hotel located on one of the hills on the outskirts of the city,
and enjoy a drink on the terrace of the café while you admire the superb view over Toledo as the sun goes down. This is the best reward after your day of sightseeing.
What to see
Places not to be missed
Alcázar fortress in Toledo
Nueva de Bisagra Gate
Puerta del Sol (Toledo)
Church of Santo Tomé (Toledo)
Cristo de la Luz mosque
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Santiago del Arrabal Church
El Tránsito synagogue
Santa María La Blanca synagogue
Santa Cruz Museum
Tips and recommendations
Visit to the Cathedral
Tickets to the Cathedral can be bought at the ticket office located opposite the Puerta Llana gate in Calle Cardenal Cisneros. On Sundays during High Mass you can listen to the majestic cathedral organ. Also, every day (from 9 am on working days and 9.45 am on weekends and public holidays), there is a mass in the Mosarabic Rite in the Mozarabic Chapel.
How to get there
Toledo is very easy to get to from Madrid by train, coach or car. The train is a good option as it is both comfortable and fast - the journey only takes around 30 minutes from Atocha station, with trains leaving once an hour. Turn right on leaving the station, and head into the historical old quarters by bus. Lines 5, 6 and 22 stop in Plaza de Zocodover square, where there is a Tourist Information Office. The journey can also be done on foot, which is uphill and takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
When to go on the trail
Corpus Christi. A very special time to admire the Cathedral is during the feast of Corpus Christi, between the months of May and June, when the walls are adorned with majestic tapestries. Holy Week . Most of the convents are enclosed order convents and are not open to the general public. However, they can be visited during Holy week thanks to the guided tours organised by the Tourist Board.
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Toledo is the heart and soul of Spain and an incredibly cultural city. It has seen numerous cultures and dynasties pass through its walls, as well as wars, royalty and artists. The legacy it guards is an essential part of Spanish culture, so visiting the city is bound to be a unique experience. This monumental walled hilltop city is a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Behind its daunting medieval walls, in a labyrinth of winding pedestrian streets, are some of the most important historical landmarks in the country.
Magnificent old stone buildings and quiet cobblestone streets whisper the legacy of the past. For centuries, Christians, Jews, and Muslims flourished in a “city of three cultures” and built a dazzling array of churches, convents, palaces, fortresses, synagogues, and mosques.
1. Puerta Nueva de Bisagra
The Puerta Nueva de Bisagra is of Arab origin, and was rebuilt by Alonso de Covarrubias in Renaissance-style, back in the 16th century. It is one of Toledo’s six medieval city gates.
The side that faces the city opens up with a semi-circular arch, flanked by two square towers with roofs and decorated with the coat of arms of Charles I. The other side has an arch that bears the city’s coat of arms. This arch is flanked by two huge circular towers.
Across the road is the Tourist Information office.
2. Puerta del sol
The Puerta del sol was built by the Hospitaller Knights as a gateway to the walled city in the 13th century.
It has a rectangular floor plan which finishes in a semi-circle. The entrance, with a horseshoe arch, is flanked by two towers. At the centre of the blind arches there are remains of an early Christian sarcophagus from the 4th century. It features a relief with the emblem of the cathedral that represents the imposition of the chasuble to San Idelfonso under the Sun and the Moon, hence the name of the door.
3. Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz
The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz is a former mosque in Toledo, Spain. It is the one of the ten that existed in the city during the Moorish period. The edifice was then known as Mezquita Bab-al-Mardum, deriving its name from the city gate Bab al-Mardum. It is located near the Puerta del Sol, in an area of the city once called Medina where wealthy Muslims used to live.
4. Termas Romanas
Quick to get around and on the positive side, free to access. The Roman baths, discovered in 1986, are viewed via a walkway extending over two rooms. There are also the remains of an ajibe (water system) dating from the 8th century Moorish era when a large villa stood here.
5. Cuevas de Hércules
Historic archeological site featuring a Roman-era storage facility in subterranean vaulted caverns.
6. Plaza de Zocodover
The Plaza de Zocodover is a square of the city of Toledo, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It was the nerve centre of the city during most of its history, acting as its main square. A part of it was designed by Juan de Herrera during the reign of Philip II. Here horses, donkeys, foals, mares, mules and other beasts were sold, when the city of Toledo was Spanish-Muslim city.
Here the most important market of the city took place. It has been celebrated as a weekly market for centuries. Today it occurs on Tuesdays in the vicinity of Paseo de Merchán or de la Vega.
7. Museo De Santa Cruz
Museo De Santa Cruz is a must visit in Toledo for being one of the most important museums in Spain due to the quality and quantity of pieces it contains, such as archaeological, fine arts and decorative arts.
There are three important collections: Roman, Visigoth, Arabic and Mudejar archaeology; Toledan painting from 16thand 17th centuries with El Greco’s art works; industrial arts with examples of popular culture and artisan local tradition.
Established by Cardinal Mendoza, it is a special building for being a hospital which carries out the new ideas about the importance of the cleanliness, the air circulation and the sunlight. It still has medieval features and shows the evolution towards the Plateresque Renaissance. must visit in Toledo for being one of the most important museums in Spain due to the quality and quantity of pieces it contains, such as archaeological, fine arts and decorative arts.
8. El Alcazar
It is today the site of the city’s Army Museum. Its construction dates from Roman times. During the reigns of Alfonso VI and Alfonso X ‘the Wise’ it was rebuilt and became the first example of a square fortress with towers on the corners.
It was once again rebuilt under Emperor Charles V, on this occasion by the architect Alonso de Covarrubias. The façades are Renaissance in style, and it has towers and crenellated defences according to a preliminary design by Alonso de Covarrubias, subsequently completed by Juan de Herrera. After the last reconstruction it became the site of the Army offices and museum.
9. Santa Iglesia Catedral
The temple dates back many centuries, but has only existed as a Christian church since the nineteenth century.
The temple was actually built on top of a Muslim mosque, and before that it had been a church in the sixth century during the reign of the Visigoth King Recaredo. King San Fernando and the archbishop began building the new church in 1226. The fifteen chapels of the ambulatory were subsequently completed. In the year 1300 the transept nave was completed, although work continued on the church for the next two centuries.
10. Baños de Tenerías
At present it is thought that the archaeological remains found about fifty meters from the church of San Sebastián, in the lower area of the Barrio de Curtidores de Toledo, a few meters from the banks of the Tagus River in its southern sections, belong to one of the of the six Arab baths that the city had.
Indeed, it is thought that these Arab baths known as Baños de Tenerías or San Sebastián de Suso offered the possibility of carrying out purification baths for access to the Al-Dabbagin Mosque (the current church of San Sebastián).
11. Casa y Museo del Greco
This museum has an extensive collection of paintings by this artist of the Spanish Golden Age.
Opened in 1911, the museum is located in Toledo’s Jewish Quarter. It consists of two buildings: a 16th-century house with a courtyard, and an extension dating from the early 20th century. The two share a garden. The museum houses numerous works by El Greco, especially from this brilliant painter’s last period, as well as canvases by other 17th century Spanish painters, furniture from the same era and pottery from Talavera de la Reina .
12. Synagogue of El Transito
Mudéjar art in El Tránsito synagogue. The El Tránsito synagogue is the common name for the synagogue of Samuel ha-Leví, and is the most important example of Spanish-Jewish art in existence. It was built in the 14th century, and is decorated with Mudéjar elements and beautiful geometric and floral motifs, and inscriptions in Arabic and Hebrew.
13. Iglesia de Santo Tomé
The church itself, which dates back to the 12th Century is relatively small and is located on the site of an old mosque. In fact, the gorgeous squared tower was the old minaret that was converted to a bell tower.
The main draw for the church today is to view The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The church also houses El Greco’s masterpiece, El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz, also known as The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The painting itself is huge and the very vivid colours portray a death on the earthly plane and an image of heaven above. There is much to see in this painting, but not enough time in the St. Tome Church.
14. Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes
The Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes was built to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Toro and commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs.
It has a single nave, with side chapels located between the buttresses. Of particular interest on the main façade are the chains of the freed prisoners. It has a late Gothic cloister and the ceiling on the second floor is in the Mudéjar style. Its church has a single nave with a stellar vault. Another highlight is the main chapel, which is decorated with the coats of arms of the Catholic Monarchs supported by a large eagles, ogee arches and the figures of saints.
15. San Martin's Bridge
San Martin’s Bridge has one of the most beautiful sunsets in Spain. The bridge was built in the Middle Ages and dates to around the 13th century, the bridge was later rebuilt almost entirely.
Initially it was constructed from ashlars. It was later modified with new defensive structures such as the two end towers, one from the 13th century and the other connecting to the wall from the 16th century. All this has meant that today the bridge has an impeccable structure. In 1921 it was declared a National Monument. It has five arches.
16. Puerta Del Cambrón
The Puerta Del Cambrón was also historically known as the gate of the Jews. This gate owes its name to the spiny buckthorn bushes all around it which are known in Spanish as cambroneras.
The Puerta Del Cambrón was built over the remains of a Visigoth gate, and the current structure is in the Renaissance style with a square floor plan. On the interior façade there is a statue of Santa Leocadia attributed to Berruguete.
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