The Perfect Day Trip : Toledo

Toledo is an ancient historical city located in the centre of Spain. It’s around 1 hour south of Madrid making it perfect for a day trip or a weekend if you’re staying in Madrid.                     Many buses leave from Madrid daily and a return ticket will only cost you about €10.                   [Fact: Not a lot of people know it but Toledo used to once be the capital of Spain in the early 8th century.]

What is there to do in Toledo?                                                                                                      All of Toledo can be seen in a day or also in a weekend if you want to relax a little.

  • Walking around Toledo is absolutely breathtaking. The city has a very old traditional vibe. You’ll fall in love with all the little narrow streets as you wander around.
  • BE READY: Wear appropriate footwear. This is not a place for high heels. Toledo is all up hill and you will be doing a lot of walking. Don’t worry though, there are escalators that can bring you to the top… however, we didn’t know this until the end of the day!
  • If you can’t find the escalators like us, not to worry, you will keep stopping on your journey up the hill to take lots of photos of the amazing views.

When in Toledo you must go see…                                                                                                             Alcázar                                                                                                                                                         This beautiful fortress can be found on the highest hill in Toledo so the best views can be seen from here. This fortress was well used during times of war. Now, it is a military museum and also one of the largest libraries in Europe.                                                                                                         Entrance Price: €5 (free on Sundays)  

The Cathedral of Toledo                                                                                                                           You will find this incredible building in the very centre of the city in plaza del ayuntamiento. It’s also home to the works of art of many well-known artists such as El Greco and Goya.                         Entrance Price: €7 – a little expensive but it’s well worth it.

Take a walk along the River Tagus                                                                                                         Toledo is the perfect place for you if you enjoy walking. The views are absolutely amazing and unforgettable. On our trip we kept getting distracted and found ourselves stopping every few yards to take lots of photos. 

Plaza Zocodover

This is the main square of Toledo. The name comes from the market which was here during Moorish times. This is a popular meeting place. Here and close by you will find all the restaurants, bars and shops that you need. This square has an old traditional vibe to it but also with the modern influences of the restaurants and crowds of people.

Plaza de Toros                                                                                                                                              Like nearly every Spanish city there is of course a bullring that still holds these traditional bullfights. It is located just outside the city walls of Old Toledo. I would really recommend taking a look at it.

Enjoy your trip! 😉 

4 thoughts on “The Perfect Day Trip : Toledo

  1. Toledo is a great place to visit full of history and culture and is a must for anyone visiting Madrid. Thanks for your blog, Christine, looks very promising and can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  2. Toledo is a place I have considered visiting for many years, after being captivated by a print in a book of El Greco’s very dark ‘View of Toledo’…your post has made me more determined to get here one day. Thanks for following my blog, and you’ve just gained another follower 🙂

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