While you are in Madrid, you can visit Toledo for a day. This beautiful town, rich with history and architecture, is easy to reach from Madrid by bus or train. You can check my Toledo page for details about this impressive town.
Toledo is located about 70 kilometers sout west of Madrid. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Castile La Mancha.
This town lies on the top of a hill and it is bordered by the Tajo river. It is called the City of the Three Cultures, because Christian, Islamic and Hebrew cultures coexisted during centuries within its walls. Nowadays we still admire their creations. In fact in Toledo there are several churches, some sinagogues and mosques.
I went to Toledo by bus from Madrid. I took a bus from Estaciòn Sur. Metro; Mèndez Alvaro. The journey took around one hour.
We took a day trip to Toledo which is only about 45 minutes away from Madrid by train.TI's an easy journey from Madrid Atocha Station. Then when you get to Toledo you can get a local bus into town number 61 or 62 or you can walk about 30 minutes if you don't mind walking up a hill. I am not totally delighted with Toledo which we didn't find overwhelming but it's a pleasant day out if you have time and have had enough of Madrid (if that is possible!) The streets of Toledo are nice to wander around and get lost in and there are lots of Medieval Churches and Monasteries to visit.We saw the famous El Greco painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz next to the tomb of the painter. We also saw an ancient synagoge which has been made into a Church,and that was very beautiful,although the second one we wanted to see was closed as it was a Monday.
I have to admit that Toledo looked even more beautiful in the photos than I remember it being. Certainly if you are a history buff you will enjoy this day out.
The construction of the Puerto de Toledo Gate or just Toledo Gate was started in 1817 by the government of Napoleon Bonaparte but before it was finished, King Ferdinand VII defeated Napoleon’s troops and the Gate was then dedicated on completion in 1827 to his return to Madrid. It ended up being the last gateway which was ever built in the city.
Only a short 40 minute (fast) train ride from Estación de Atocha, Toledo is a perfect day trip from Madrid. Until Madrid was made the capital of Spain, Toledo was a much more important city serving for a period as the capital of the Arab Al-Andalus (and previously that of the Visigoths), thus containing many significant historic buildings, including mosques and synagogues. While much of the original architecture from the Arab period has been replaced or modified, the Arab influence is evident everywhere in the mediaeval centre of Toledo. For more pictures and information, click on Toledo.
It is one of the three essential day trips from Madrid (along with Segovia and El Escorial).
The easy 74 km, 30 minute train ride from Madrid is complete change of scenery. You can certainly see a lot of the major sites within an 8 hour period. Sample Toledo's three historical religions - Christianity at its Cathedral, the Jewish Sinagoga del Tránsito and the Islamic Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz.
There are plenty of places to eat throughout the city. If you choose to take an early morning train from Madrid you can enjoy breakfast as you walk toward the city square where you'll definitely see several places to eat.
Plenty of souvenir shops.
Though you can certainly drive or take the bus, I highly recommend taking the train as it is efficient with convenient departure times. There is a slight walk - about 1/4 mile - from the train station to the entrance. You can also opt for the convenient shuttle.
Toledo is Spanish Jerusalem, having history of 3 religions and still keeping and preserving every piece of proof of their presence, this city attracts any type of tourists.
Toledo is beautiful fortified town on a hill. Oh mine, at some point I really wished I had oxygen bags with me. It's not that bad walking around the town, but if you decide to be brave and walk to the Old City from the train station, then please remember that I warned you.
I loved Toledo synagogue and its museum. I really enjoyed learning about Spanish (Sephardic) Jews. VTer Urzu learned in the museum pretty much everything about Jewish holidays and traditions. Very educating exhibition indeed.
From there we proceeded to the Monastery San Juan de los Reyes. This time it was my turn to learn about Christianity and especially about Isabel & Ferdinand. Yeah, there's always something new to learn about them.
Then we went to see an old mosque, which is unfortunately under renovations at the moment, but from the outside you can see that the architecture is different and the work is impressive.
There are many sites that you must visit. One of the most known is the Cathedral. Took us about 1,5 hours to explore it all. Don't miss the treasury and it's 300 kg monster - monstrance when you're there.
I loved abosultely everything about this city. I adored its narrow streets were cars can hardly pass, and this is why most of them are scratched. I laughed at their tradition of hanging cooking pens and pots outiside the windows. I loved the fact that almost every building in the town has some historical significance. And of course I admired all the swords that can be seen all over the town, in giftshops especially, given the steel history of Toledo.
Indeed an extraordinary town. One of a kind.
I better stop my "novel" right here. Just go a see it you'll enjoy it tremendously.
The Puerta de Toledo stands in a wide square at the end of the Calle de Toledo. The gate was built during the short period of Joseph I Bonaparte’s government. When the job started with building the gate it was suppose to be a triumphal arch in honour of Napoleon. But, by the time of it’s completion in 1817, it was the symbol of the Bourbon king Ferdinand VII’s return to their Spanish throne and the end of French rule.
It’s architect was Lopez Aquado and it is one of Madrid’s two surviving city gates, the other being Puerta de Alcalá.
Toledo is 1/2 an hour away from Madrid by AVE (Spain's high speed train). The trip is a little pricey. It was 29 Euros per person, but it was really worth it. Toledo is a medieval walled city, which houses the old royal palace (Alcazar). It has great art from El Greco, great scenery, and splendid architecture. We really enjoyed ourselves strolling down through the narrow streets and drinking the local wine which was fantastic.
Toledo makes for an excellent daytrip from Madrid. The city has one of the best Gothic Cathedrals in all of Spain. The numerous other interesting old churches, mosques and palaces(in particular the Alcazar). Furthermore the great painter El Greco's masterpiece 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz' is here. Most of all the old streets of Toledo are a great place to wander around aimlessly in order to get a great taste of old Spain.
Toledo can be reached by way of a one hour bustrip from Madrid.
The Medieval architecture here is fantastic!
Toledo is a fortified city built on a hill overlooking the Tagus River.
In the 16th century, the city became home to El Greco & Toledo has many of his paintings, among which is "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz", his masterpiece which is housed in the Mudejar Church of Santo Tome.
A military museum is located in the historic fort on Toledo's highest point. There is a wonderful network of winding streets with many shops selling the famous swords made in the city.
This mideval town just outside of Madrid is a must. Not only does it have cute little streets and shops selling medivial style articrafts (it's heaven for anybody looking for replicas of mideval swords and knives), but it is also home of one of the most famous paintings of El Greco: "The Burial of Count ..." It is painted on the wall in one of the town's small churches, and hence this is the only place where you can see it!
Toledo is definitly a must as a daytrip when visiting Madrid, if I go back, I will also probably spend a night in this nice little town.
The Puerta de Toledo is located in La Latina district which still preserves the traditional look of the old part of Madrid. The archway was a project of King Jose Bonaparte and was built between 1817 and 1827.
Toledo is known to Spanish a Museum City of great artistic beauty and was the capital of Spain. It is also considered as the oldest city of Europe and declared by UNESCO as Heritage of Mankind. By land, Toledo is about two hours from Madrid.
Check out Toledo for a day. Its about an hours drive south of Madrid. Its suppose to be the oldest city in Europe. It sure looks like it. Its a great little midieval city with very narrow cobblestone streets. But don't let that fool you; theres lots of actions and good shopping.