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    Pulsera Turística (Tourist Discount Wristband)

    by Airpunk Written Jun 19, 2016

    Favorite thing: With so many full day packages being offered in Toledo, the Pulser Turística is an offer aimed at those who wish to see things on their own. It is a wristband which gives you free entry to 7 Toledo sights. As of 2016, it was available for 9 EUR and included the following:

    Real Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles
    Iglesia del Salvador
    Iglesia de los Jesuitas
    Iglesia Santo Tomé / Entierro del Senor de Orgaz
    Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes
    Santa Maria la Blanca / Antigua Sinagoga
    Mezquita Cristo de la Luz

    The Monasterio was so large that I would have even paid the whole price to see it alone. The others were surprisingly good, but the one which most exceeded my expectations was the Iglesia del Salvador. The Mezquita (mosque) is unfortunately in a sorry state. Can't say a lot about the Real Colegio as only the chapel was open due to construction works. For details on those sights, please see my respective tips.

    The wristband is valid as long as it is not destroyed and usually survives some showers. People staying for longer in Toledo can therefore enjoy the sights on different days.

    For more detials see: http://www.toledomonumental.com/pulsera.html

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    History (cont)

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Favorite thing: In 829 inhabitants of Toledo proclaimed the city independent of arabs. It was a reason for wars and sieges which went on two centures. In 1085 the city got free from the Arabian sovereignty by Christian armies under leadership Alfonso V - the king of Castile and Leon. Toledo became the capital of Castile, its political and cultural center. Toledian archiepiscopate was established there and the city became the center of the Spanish christianity.

    You can watch my 2 min 04 sec Video Toledo out of a bus window part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Toledo - Old Town
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    History

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Favorite thing: It is considered, that the city was founded by Romans in II century before Christmas. They gave it a name Toletum. In V-th century the city was won by westgoths and became the capital of westgothic state on Iberian peninsula. The Second Oecumenocal Council took place in 587 in Toledo where westgothic king Recared accepted christianity. In 711 arabs captured Toledo, but the city continues to remain the important trading and cultural center.

    You can watch my 8 min 09 sec Video Toledo out of a bus window part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    General Info

    by Redang Updated Jun 16, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Tourist Offices:

    * Plaza de Zocodover

    * Patronato Municipal de Turismo de Toledo
    Plaza del Ayuntaniento
    (in front of the Cathedral)
    45071 Toledo
    España/Spain

    - Tel.: (+34) 925 25 40 30
    - Fax: (+34) 925 25 59 46

    - Internet: www.toledoweb.org
    - E mail: infoturismo@ayto-toledo.org

    * Diputación Provincial de Toledo
    Departamento de Turismo
    Plaza de la Merced, 4
    45002 Toledo
    España/Spain

    - Tel.: (+34) 925 25 93 55
    - Fax: (+34) 925 25 94 21

    - Internet: www.diputoledo.es
    - E mail: turismo@diputoledo.es

    * Oficina de Información Turística de
    Castilla-La Mancha
    Puerta de Bisgara, s/n
    45071 Toledo
    España/Spain

    - (+34) 925 22 08 43
    - Fax: (+34) 925 25 26 48

    - Internet: www.castillalamancha.es
    - E mail: turismo@castillalamancha.es

    Pic: Thi is the former Tourist Office (so, don't get confused).

    Tourist Office (Toledo, Spain)

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    Free Admission For Some

    by keeweechic Written Sep 8, 2009

    Favorite thing: Admission to museums run by the state is usually free to everyone on Sunday mornings and Saturday afternoons. They are also free to those from the European Union who are retired, aged 65 and older and to children under the age of 18.

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    Climate

    by keeweechic Written Sep 4, 2009

    Favorite thing: Like much of southern Spain, Toledo enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The temperatures in summer can get quite high even reaching 40C or more. During winter, it is cool and you can often experience frosty mornings. Rainfall is minimal but usually during late autumn and spring.

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    Just walking around!

    by Jefie Written Aug 1, 2008

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    Fondest memory: What I enjoyed the most during my day-trip to Toledo was to walk aimlessly around the city. It's like everywhere you look you uncover a treasure that was meant to be found only by you :o) Although it's easy to get disoriented, you can never truly get lost in the old city because it is fairly small, and soon enough you'll stumble upon a well-known monument. So if you go to Toledo, put on a pair of walking shoes, fold your map, and find your own treasures!

    Who could not love those narrow, winding streets?! On the corner of a building in the old city The Cathedral's tower peaking through buildings Luis forgetting about his age for a while ;o) Walking through a more crowded street
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    Evenings in Toledo

    by barryg23 Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Toledo was beautiful at night. The daily crowds of tourists had departed, the streets were darker and everywhere was so much quieter. After our meal we walked up to the Alcazar to the edge of the old town. There were lovely views from here across to the new town and back over the city.

    Toledo Cathedral Calle del Comercio in the evening Alcazar Twilight in Toledo

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    Go to the heart of Toledo

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 12, 2006

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    Favorite thing: While not geographically the center, Plaza Zocodover is clearly the heart of the city. Here you see locals meeting, tour buses stopping, tourists consulting maps. The TI is just a few meters off the plaza, the Cathedral a short walk, the Santa Cruz Museum just down a few steps, most of the buses in town seem to stop here and the little tourist tram departs and returns from here. As I have mentioned this is a prime spot for people watching, grabbing a meal or drink or an ice cream.

    Plaza Zocodover Gelato shop is right here Lots of nicely decorated benches in the plaza

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    Don't just day trip to Toledo

    by rexvaughan Updated Oct 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I read somewhere that most visitors to Toledo do so on day trips from Madrid. I think they miss a lot by not spending a couple of nights here in this marvelous little city. If at all possible I would recommend spending a night, preferably two, here to really enjoy and see it. There are a lot of things to see and do but the city itself is a splendid experience. Its narrow and hilly streets are among the most puzzling mazes I have seen anywher but that just adds to its charm. However the city is small enough that it is difficult to get too seriously lost. Also, most locals speak English so you can always ask directions. It has much of the ancient city wall still standing and there are wonderful "puertas" or gates through the wall. Two pictured here are the New Bisagra Gate as it is 16th Century and the old one is 11th Century. You can see the coat of arms of Charles I, the two headed eagle surrouding the coat of arms of Castille/Leon over the arch. The second is the Puerta del Sol which was once the principal port of entry. Don't miss these kinds of artistic treasures throughout the city.

    Fondest memory: Toledo is an amazing entity of beautiful architecture and still retains its ancient feel even though you sometimes have to pull in your stomach against a wall while an auto winds through the narrow passages. Everywhere one looks it seems there is a splendid structure, statue or piece of public art. Also I loved the fact that we could walk most places and the feeling that while there were loads of trourists around, local folks take them in stride and continue with "normal life." It was good to see young people gathering in Plaza Zocodover to meet others, join people starting their day with churros and get to kibitz a boules game.

    Puerta Nuevo de Bisagra Puerta del Sol

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    Cathedral

    by alfredop Written Aug 22, 2006

    Favorite thing: The Cathedral is the centrepiece of Toledo. It sits on top of the hill and is deceptively large. When you enter you will be confronted by sparkling gold reliefs, huge oil paintings and portraits of all of the Toledo Cardinals going back at least 500 years.

    Toledo Cathedral

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    History

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The history of Toledo is closely bound with the history of Spain. The city was one of the important spiritual and political centers of the country and one of the first city stirred to action against Muslim oppression. In spite of the fact that king Phillip II carried the capital to Madrid, there are a lot of magnificent monuments and a special timeless atmosphere of city from famous history of Toledo.

    Toledo - Panorama - Taho
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    History - finished

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: "Golden Age" of Toledo lasted from XII-th till XIV-th century. Representatives of three religions - Christians, Moslems, Judaism lived peacefully there. The Cathedral was under construction at this time.
    The city is included in the list of the World Cultural Heritage. During civil war 1936-1939 when it was a stronghold of Franco the royal castle was considerably destroyed as a result of artillery bombardments.
    Inhabitants of Toledo in the majority did not supported military mutiny of Franco. Francist officers covered in Alcazar. Some months they kept a fortress. The palace was ruined and was constructed after war anew.

    Toledo
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    View of the River Tajo

    by pepples46 Updated Nov 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: with good swimming holes, after all that running around in Toledo a refreshing swim the right thing to do.if you would follow the flow of the Tajo, you would cross the whole of Portugal to the Atlantic Ocean, at Lisbon where the Tajo is called Tejo

    Fondest memory: it is hot in and around Toledo, the River was not high, mostly very tame in the summer month, but after rain, the Tajo can be a bit tricky as all rivers can be.

    Rio Tajo
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    generous surroundings

    by pepples46 Updated Nov 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: lot's of natur and small villages around Toledo, where the people are friendly and hospitable. but it is also one of the poorest stretches of Spain, away from the Tourist stream, maybe that's the charm of it all

    Fondest memory: the Cathedral made a big impression on me, so did the Paintings of El Greco.

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