From the cobbled streets of the old town to its fascinating religious history, there’s plenty to discover on a holiday to Spain’s Toledo.
Located just a short jaunt from the vibrant city of Madrid, this UNESCO Heritage Site has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. With its charming setting above the Tagus River and its cathedral imposing on the skyline, you’ll soon fall in love with its camera-worthy views, making it a top setting for a romantic getaway.
For those in search of culture, you’ll find it hard to resist delving into this city’s captivating history. Known as the ‘city of three cultures’ in the middle ages, the architecture takes its influence from Christian, Jewish and Muslim origins. As a result, you’ll stumble across beautiful mosques, extravagant synagogues and stunning Gothic cathedrals around every corner.
What’s more, there’s the opportunity to sample delicious dishes from the centre of Spain or to linger over a drink in a street side café. Whether you’re looking for a sun-drenched city break with a difference, or history and culture in a scenic setting, you’ll be wooed with a trip to Toledo.
The popular city of Madrid is just a short journey from Toledo, providing a welcome day trip destination. Both Spain’s capital and largest city, there’s an endless number of things to see and experience, whether you want to browse its many museums or get involved with its nightlife.
El Escorial is just nearby, offering scenic countryside surroundings and a wealth of history to uncover. It is often visited for its huge monastery, built in 1584 as the political centre of the Spanish empire.
An important city since Roman times, this picturesque destination offers a laid-back visit for those seeking time away from the bustling streets of Toledo. Visit the royal palace, explore the majesty of the main square or enjoy a coffee in one of the side street cafés and watch the world go by.
While there are numerous historical sights to discover, there’s plenty to keep shopping fans occupied too. Alongside the usual high-street stores and quirky little boutiques, you’ll also find the Mercado de San Augustin. Situated at the heart of the Casco Historico, this new market is the ultimate retail experience. Make the most of endless food stalls, charming patisseries and seafood bars. The top-floor bar offers excellent drinks as well as glorious views of the city below.
Take a leisurely stroll
Easily the best way to experience this city is to walk it, and you’ll find numerous sights to uncover on your trip. Head for the riverbank and follow the Senda Ecologica – an ecology path that runs around the city from west to east. You’ll experience the best of Toledo’s nature, while the city’s ruins loom overhead.
Visit the city’s museums
Thanks to its thriving arts and culture background, there are always exhibits to be explored in Toledo’s many museums. Most popular is the Santa Cruz museum, offering seasonal exhibits on everything from fashion to modern art.
Sightseeing in Toledo
Look around you and you’ll be greeted with alluring architecture and ancient ruins around every corner. The imposing structure of Toledo’s cathedral is hard to miss and worth a visit for its impressive exterior. Gothic in style, it looks much like something out of a picture postcard and is particularly popular with visitors.
Next on your list should be the monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes, built by Queen Isabella in the 15th century. Meanwhile, the city’s Jewish Quarter is home to an array of delights. Check out the medieval synagogues of Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito.
Cuisine in Toledo
Toledo was chosen as Spain’s capital of gastronomy of 2017-2018, and it’s not hard to see why visitors rate this city for its food and drink. Famed for a variety of flavours both savoury and sweet, there’s plenty of must-try dishes for your trip to this part of Spain.
The city is perhaps most famous for its marzipan, which you’ll find in many of its shops and restaurants. Come Christmas, Toledo’s shops are filled with figurines made from marzipan – from Christmas decorations to replicas of the city’s own cathedral.
Meat dishes are popular in Toledo, and venison features on many a menu. Partridge stew is another favourite, as is the traditional Carcamusas. Made with slow-cooked pork, peas, tomatoes and white wine, it makes for an ideal winter warmer or hearty supper.
Restaurants in Toledo
While there are many restaurants in Toledo offering up authentic Spanish dishes, there are nearly as many showcasing international cuisines. Italian restaurants are particularly popular in the city, as are other European cuisines.
Tapas bars are also an option, with many bars situated in the old town serving up small plates of Spanish delicacies. While you might find traditional tortillas, patatas bravas and chorizo dishes in these bars, you’re just as likely to find mini pizzas and croquettes served alongside great beer and an infectious atmosphere. For those in search of a place to drink, you’ll find a laid-back yet entertaining nightlife in the city. Chic wine bars offer a place to linger with a glass of something, while converted churches attract a hip student crowd with every music genre imaginable.
From its stunning surroundings to its mouth-watering cuisine and historical hotspots, there’s no doubt that Toledo should be next on your to-travel list. Make the most of its medieval streets, indulge in its shopping opportunities or browse its exhibits in one of the many museums in the city.
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