Hello to all the travelers. How are you? We hope everything is okay and we hope you are full of energy as well for a new amazing adventure in the Spanish city of Toledo. Well, yes, that’s where we’re headed. Let’s start immediately with the presentations so we are too curious to start our tour and what about you?
Toledo is known both as the “imperial city” for having been the headquarters of some important emperors and as the “city of the three cultures” for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews, has of a long history in the production of weapons in blade that today are considered popular souvenirs of the city. The religion is very present in Toledo, so much that most of the events are in religious themes (Virgen del Valle, Corpus Christi, declared an international celebration of tourist interest). As for its past, the city was the capital of the ancient vsigothic kingdom of Hispania and this was a moment that marked the city deeply. Moving on from the artistic side, the city of Toledo is identified with the great painter Domenico Theotocopulos called El Greco; while about its “aesthetic” features we can say that it is crossed by the river Tagus and its historical center is located on a hill that allows you to admire a fantastic panorama. Toledo isn’t so far from Madrid, which is perfect if your intention is to travel around one more city!
To know more (what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
From this presentation you could surely understand that Toledo is all history and culture so much to be declared a UNESCO heritage for its richness in monumental and cultural level. So we just have to discover this vast heritage. Let’s go!
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
Alcázar di Toledo
- Catedral Primada de Santa María de Toledo: it is the cathedral of Santa Maria, considered the masterpiece of Gothic style in Spain. This overlooks the square where the town hall and the archiepiscopal palace rise.The building is constituted on the side by a bell tower, this is as regards the outside; instead the already admirable interior at its entrance continues with the retable, the high altar, the Mozarabica chapel and el transparente. Another very important religious building in the city is Mezquita Cristo de la Luz, it is a former mosque located in Toledo and one of several existing mosques that has remained intact. The building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes: it is the monastery of the city, the most precious example of the Elizabethan Gothic style. Particular is the interior of the monastery in which there are important coats of arms of the Catholic Kings and particular is its exterior with the small but charming cloister. The building itself is studied in detail starting from the statues to the representation of a bird. The monastery (at night is is really illuminated) is visible crossing the bridge of San Martín.
- Alcázar di Toledo: is a fortress located in the highest part of the city. Its structure is so majestic and overpowering that it dominates the city and is visible miles away. This monument is considered the symbol of Toledo not only for its appearance but also because it is one of the richest places in history that you can easily know inside through collections, photos… The building has a courtyard and consists of three floors. It’s definitely a very large place that can sometimes create confusion but it is only apparent so let’s focus and go! Don’t forget to go out in the terrace to see the magnificent breathtaking view. Wow!
- Museo de El Greco: located in the Jewish quarter of Toledo, the museum, which today has taken the name of house-museum, contains works of the mannerist painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos with the addition of information derived from his life. However inside we can also find galleries with works by other Spanish artists of the seventeenth century (El Apostolado, San Bernardino, Vista y plano de Toledo…). Beyond the interior space, the house-museum has a garden. As for the structure it could seems a little bit “rudimentary” (let us pass the term). Too characteristic for a museum!
- Museo de Santa Cruz: the museum is characterized by a rich portal that marks the entrance inside which you will find a cloister and a monumental staircase and the works of the architect and sculptor Alonso de Covarrubias. The museum has two floors and is divided into three main sections: Decorative Arts (ceramic collections), Archeology (Roman, Arab, Visgothic), Fine Arts (works by Francisco Goya, El Greco).
- El Museo Sefardí: the museum aim is to preserve the heritage of the Hispanic-Jewish culture which is an essential part of the Spanish historical heritage. In fact, inside it there are all the typical Jewish decorations and objects that will tell their story. An example is the Sefarad, some decorations on the walls that the Jewish tradition identifies with the Iberian peninsula, joing these two cultures perfectly. If the exterior, even a little “rudimentary”, doesn’t convince you, wait to see the interior so full of details and art. Amazing!
- Victorio Macho Museum: the museum mainly houses the sculptures and paintings (self-portraits, nudes…) made by the artist Victorio Macho but also galleries and a general overview of the history of Toledo. From its look (almost like a farm) you can breathe the pure nature air, feel the tranquility, a place to get lost and admire. In fact from the terrace you will be able to enjoy a splendid view overlooking the river and the bridge. Many people happen then by chance and they are always satisfied, you have the luck that we are describing it to you now so don’t miss it!
- Toledo Firefighters Museum: a very loved museum by adults and children as you can do many activities and touch some objects made available to visitors. Basically it is a museum where interactivity is the protagonist and tells the story of the firefighters of toledo through the vision of multimedia, car models… and much more. Just a suggestion: take lots of photos and immerse yourself in the atmosphere pretending to be firemen for a day wearing some object that the museum makes available. Have fun!
- Museo de La España Mágica: is a small museum near the cathedral of Toledo. It is a very enchanting place and as the name suggests “magical” is due to its unusual atmosphere. You can read and listen to fables, mysteries, fantastic legends, curiosities and surprises. A journey into the sacred and the profane. Are you curious? You are right to be!
- Museum of the Army: it is a museum dedicated to war weapons. The building is housed in two interconnected buildings, the city’s Alcázar and a purpose-built extension. Its exhibitions are permanent and temporary and beyond the vision of objects (including archaeological findings) is told the story of Spain and one that of its army. The building has a library, a cafeteria, laboratories and so on.
- Palacio de Galiana: is a palace in Toledo located on the border of the Tagus river. It is a very relaxing place famous for its still visible ruins and its magnificent gardens. So beautiful!
- In Toledo we can find two original museums: the Hospital de Tavera, a former hospital today turned into a museum that contains a large archive of documents and where are preserved numerous works of art of great value. It has also been the place for several films. Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, a “gastronomic museum” in which you can taste different cheeses and typical wines and at the same time know their manufacture, history and suggestions how to taste them in a better way. If you liked all this you can buy them and bring home these souvenirs.
The two main theaters we can find in Toledo are: Teatro de Rojas and Teatro-Auditorio El Greco.
Hospital de Tavera
Plaza de Zocodover
Toledo is top not only on the cultural side but also on the fun side so let’s take a look!
- The two bridges of Toledo are: Puente de San Martín, a medieval bridge (of Mudejar style, Muslim style) on the Tagus river located in the western part of the city, from which is visible a magnificent part of the city. It has been declared a national monument and a good of cultural interest. Alcántara Bridge is the oldest bridge in Toledo and has been for a long time the only possibility of access to the city. Walking along it you will reach the hill where there is the old part of Toledo.
- Mirador del Valle: it is a scenic road, great to enjoy the beautiful view of a part of the city skyline. Rent a car, a bike.. as long as you go to see this incredible show.
- Senda Ecológica De Toledo: it is a beautiful path where you can take a pleasant walk along the river Tagus immersed in the beauty of nature. We suggest you to do this outdoor excursion in an incredible tranquility and peace. Do it and enjoy it.
- In Toledo there are some remains of Roman civilization, which is visible both from the remains of the former Roman circus of Toledo (ancient amphitheater) and from Las Termas Romanas de la Plaza de Amador de los Rios, a small free site that represents ancient baths. A little bit of Rome in Toledo.
- Around the city how many things you can meet and admire: a statute El Arco de la Sangre located right at the foot of the stairs where there is a small portico in Arabic style (very, very similar to the Puerta del Sol that we also recommend visit because it is located in a nice place where you can take a pleasant walk). Puerta de Bisagra Nueva, a gate of the most famous city in Toledo (impossible not to notice the preponderant towers) as it marked the main entrance into the city. Mirador de La Granja is a panoramic terrace in Toledo, there is not more panoramic than that! Perfect! Puerta del Cambron, another beautiful door (which looks more like the entrance of a majestic building) but with a slightly longer passage and also accessible to cars. It is located near the Jewish quatiere. As you have understood, the city of Toldeo is surrounded by many and mighty walls. Plaza de Zocodover, is the heart, the reference point, well the center where the most important events took place and where many events still take place. However, the square is full of life, bars, restaurants and perfect when the sunset begins and the lights start to light up and the night life begins. The Jewish quarter of Toledo is a fundamental point of the city, a place full of mosques and monuments of this kind; another world that however has contaminated the history of Toledo. Toledo is a city with incredible architectural heritage and unmissable are the former noble residences Cigarrales, now converted into receptive structures aimed at relaxation and well-being (swimming pools, spa) is also a good way to get to know the city and pamper yourself. Finally don’t forget the “patios toledani” every open door is a unique opportunity to admire them so… Come in, don’t be scared! Calle Alfileritos is perfect both day and night as it is full of the best clubs in the city. To this place are added Plaza de Cuba and the Barrio di Santa Teresa equally full of life.
- During your walk don’t forget to visit the convents (such as the Convent of St. Anthony and that of San Domenico Antico) because tradition wants that the nuns produce sweets and artisan food and sell them generating great success (it is here that legend tells that the famous marzipan is born). Impossible to get out without nothing in your hands and with an empty stomach! Continuing on, you will come across the Burgueño Artesanía Toledana. Here you can watch craftsmen at work and buy their local craft products. An opportunity you can’t miss and from which you can learn very much.
- Among the activities to do in Toledo, also unusual, we have: Fly Toledo we start immediately from the strongest piece, it is a crossing on a rope above the river. A beautiful strong experience! In addition you can have a memory forever because you will be filmed so that once the experience is over you will remember this pleasant memory, all enclosed in this fun movie. ToledoTrain Vision Zocotren, what a better way to visit the city comfortably seated on a train that will take you to explore Toledo without any effort and in more places that maybe you will not be able to do on foot. A complete visit! But if you prefer to walk around, don’t worry because there are always the legendary and timeless walking tours, Imagine Toledo Exclusive Tours, Toledo Guiado, Entorno Toledo.
El Arco de la Sangre
The main characters of the lively nightlife are: Calle Alfileritos, Plaza de Cuba, the Barrio of Santa Teresa, Los Cigarrales (as we have anticipated before). The historic center of the city and the streets of Toledo is full of spaces for music, drinks, aperitifs, concerts, discos, bars, pubs all made available so that you can spend unforgettable moments.
Among the different places, we told you that the city is full, we can find:
- Circulo de Arte: disco
- Explorers Club: nightclub
- KARAOKE PUB CHILANGO CITY TOLEDO: nightclub
- GARRISON PUB: disco
- Bar Casablanca: lounge bar
- Lab Cocktail Bar
- Katanga Cafe
To all this, as usual, we need to introduce another type of culture in the shape of food: the typical dishes.
The cuisine of Toledo has undergone many Moorish influences (as you know) and its gastronomy is based in particular on the game, where the partridge has a great authority and in fact one of the most typical dishes is the Partridge Stewed.
- Carcamusas: typical dish of the city, it is veal in a tomato soup served with vegetables (peas and carrots) and potatoes.
- Cochifrito: it is a very simple but very tasty dish. It is made from the young pig cut into small pieces and then fried.
- Toledo is part of Castile La Mancha and right here the famous seasoned cheese, the Manchego, dominates above all. You can’t leave the city without tasting it!
- A special place goes to the famous marzipan of Toledo. This almond paste can take different shapes but the celestial flavor doesn’t change. Another must-have product to taste! So much is its fame that the Toledo marzipan has been declared a protected geographical indication.
- Mantecados: it is a kind of shortcrust pastry with a rounded shape, baked in the oven and made up of ingredients such as: cinnamon, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut, cocoa and other aromas.
marzipan of Toledo
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’…)
To get rid of the usual dilemma about where to eat something typical, we are here to give you some directions.
- Escuela de Hosteleria Toledo: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine, gluten-free menu options.
- Cantharellus Korokke: Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- La Fabrica de Harinas: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- El Albero: Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
- Virtudes: cafè with Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- Lo Nuestro – Tapería & Restaurante: Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- Taberna El Botero: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine, gluten-free menu options
- Clandestina De Las Tendillas: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, contemporary, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- Restaurante Hierbabuena: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- EDEMECUM: Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- Restaurante Ccachy: Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
- Patata y Olé!: fast food with Spanish cuisine, vegan options.
- El Fogon Del Quijote: Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- Restaurante La Ermita: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
Well our trip to Toledo ends here while our Spain tour not yet, so let’s enjoy it for a little more. So, new destination here we come!
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Toledo.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-404357&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?district=8445&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation in the city center.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=1999&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation next to Toledo station.