Toledo is one of those cities that pleasantly surprises you and makes you to fall in love with it. The city is considered by many as a “second Rome” and is undoubtedly a unique city with its history and charm.
Most people visit Toledo during the day coming from Madrid, which makes the city busy during the day and calm and quiet at night. We chose to stay in Toledo for 3 nights to get to know the city well and also to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. However, Toledo is a small town and attractions can be seen in 1 day.
The Synagogue del Tránsito and the Museo Sefardí
The Courtyard of the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes
Toledo is located in the centre of Spain, 70 km south of Madrid and is the capital of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and for the historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. At present, the city has a population of 83,226 inhabitants.
Museo Del Greco
Museo de Santa Cruz
With more than 2,000 years old, the historic centre of Toledo has churches and buildings with varied architectural styles: Arabic, Mudejar, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, among others, side by side forming an impressive array of monuments.
Alcázar de Toledo
The city is built around the river Tejo
As we stayed 3 nights in Toledo and the sights of the city can be visited in just 1 day, our itinerary was programmed as follows:
28/12 – we arrived in Madrid in the afternoon, rented a car at the airport and drove to Toledo (about 50 minutes drive). Arriving in Toledo, we checked in, left the car in the garage (it is not easy or necessary to drive in the city) and rested a bit in the hotel. We went out at night to walk around the city and have dinner.
29/12 – we enjoyed the beautiful sunny day to sightseeing and get to know the city.
30/12 – drove to Cuenca and spend the day there. Cuenca has some of the most impressive natural landscapes I have ever seen, for those who have the opportunity it is definitely worth visiting the city. I wrote a post about Cuenca that can be seen here.
31/12 – We checked out and drove to our next destination, Granada. On the way we stopped at the Don Quixote Windmills in Consuegra.
If you enjoy a nice beer, try one of Toledo’s local beer, Domus.
How to get there: For those not traveling with excursions or by car, the easiest way to get to Toledo from Madrid is by train or by bus.
From Madrid to Toledo by train – the journey takes only 25 minutes with trains departing from the center of Madrid from Atocha train station.
Puerta de Atocha Station
Address: Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, s / n.
Metro line L-1 – Suburban lines C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-7, C-8, C-8, 8b and C-C-10
Toledo Train Station
Address: Paseo de la Rosa, s / n.
Information and reservations – Telephone: +34 902 24 02 02, Web: www.renfe.es, Ticket price: € 9 or Return: € 18
From Madrid to Toledo by bus – departing from the capital every half hour with direct routes to Toledo (the journey takes about 50 min).
Elliptical Square Station – Madrid
Address: Avda Lusitana, s / n.
Metro Lines L-6 (Circular) and L-11
Bus lines E1, 47, 55, 60, 81, 116, 155, 247, N15 and N16
Toledo Bus Station
Address: Avenida de Castilla-La Mancha, s / n.
Information and reservations – telephone: +34902 42 22 42 – www.alsa.es
Where to stay: we stayed at Hotel Pintor El Greco, which is very well located in the historical center of the city and from there you can walk to all the main attractions. There is a very good diversity of good restaurants and breweries near the hotel. If you are travelling with a car, the hotel has a safe garage located well in front of the building. In order to guarantee a parking space it is advisable to contact the hotel shortly after confirming the reservation of the room to request the reservation in the garage. I would highly recommend this hotel not only for the good location, but also for the friendly staff, cleanliness, quality at breakfast and comfort. To make reservations please Click Here.
Hotel Pintor El Greco ****
Alamillos del Tránsito, 13 – 45002 Toledo (Toledo) – Spain
Reservations: +34 902 14 15 15 – Information: +34 925285191 – Fax: +34 925215819
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – http://en.hotelpintorelgreco.com
Tip – cross the Bridge of Alcántara to have an incredible view of the city!
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Thank you for your visit!