Toledo, the magical blend of Spain!

On our meadering road warrior routes of Castilla La Mancha and Comunidad de Madrid, and Madrid , we have reach Toledo. I first came here while living in Madrid in the early 1970’s, the city has hardly change ,really!! Well it is old indeed.

What can I say about Toledo, simply superb ,the blending of cultures of Spain, a city kept in older times with the rhythem of today’s beat. All around you is history, the streets , pavements bricks and stones all history for the whole World. This is my Toledo , and glad to be back in it as was here last year with the family too.

We arrive by car of course, along the A40 into the N400 and right into the Alcazar fortress ,the parking behind it of San Miguel de Corralillos underground and nice. We step out into our world walking the wonderful Toledo.

Tourist office of Toledo in English is here; Toledo

The region tourism of Castilla La Mancha on Toledo is here: Castilla La Mancha turism

Toledo is known as the Imperial City for been the principal seat of  Carlos I and also, known as the City of the three Cultures for having being inhabited for centuries by Christians, Jewish, and Muslims. The city goes back in time, during the Romans (193 AD) it was known as Toletum, then Arabic Tulaytulah (711 AD), and Jewish  Toldoth.  Christian since 1085 AD. It is only 71 km from Madrid, and the city is laid along the river Tajo. It is composed of 16 neighborhoods but only two are really of tourist attraction, old town or zona interior and Antequeruela–Covachuela.

In the Spanish Civil War stayed in Republican control except the Alcazar where a strong garrison fought for the city, and cause the destruction of the Alcazar almost completely.

There is a beautiful train Station RENFE built in 1919 in mudéjar style outside the old walled town along the entrance on the N400.  The city has a huge arsenal of buildings ,places to see, too numerous to mention but all worth a detour. One of them is the Alcazar rebuilt in the 20C with traces going back to the 16C, and now housing since 2010 the Museo del Ejercito or Army Museum, another must to see in town.

The Escaleras Mécanicas de Recaredo are a quaint thing to do , we just went up and down on them. It helps move without climbing the steep cobblestone streets of Toledo old Town.

Some of the many things to see here are the Castillo de San Servando just over the river Tajo overlooking the city from outside passing the Puente de Alcantara bridge. The wonderful museum or museo de el Greco, Sinagoga del Transito (Jewish synagogue) , Hospital de Tavera, Iglesia de Santiago del Arrabal (mudéjar style), Iglesia de Santo Tomé (14C and housing the portrait El Encierro del  Conde de Orgaz by El Greco), Puerta Nueva de Bisagra gate, see the colorful Plaza de Zocodover.

In the city of Toledo page you can see the tourist districts or neighborhoods with a map of them here: City of Toledo districts

The Tourist offices in the Diputacion and Province of Toledo in Spanish : Diputacion de Toledo Turismo

There is a Tourist Bus, but do not think is needed unless your mobility hinders your walking the hilly steep cobblestone streets of inner old Town. Here is info on it in English: Nattivus Tourist bus Toledo

We saw a little train or Zocotren , here is more on it, again same as the bus: ZocoTren Toledo

We continue our journey into the Museo de los Concilios, Museo Tolmo, Iglesia Del Salvador, Iglesia San Roman, Iglesia San Pedro, Circulo de Artes , Iglesia Virgin de la Estrella or St Helen, Hospital Militar across the Tajo river, Palacio de Fuensalida, Parque de la Vega before arriving at Plaza de Toros, Posada de la Santa Hermandad, Puerta del Sol, Puerta Alarcones, The synagogue Santa Maria la Blanca, and the University Cardenal Lorezana at Toledo. Teatro de Rojas, and Ayuntamiento (city hall)  are nice architecture too.

In all we did some shopping at Simon Vivienne next to the Synagogue El Trànsito; Calle de los Reyes Catolicos. This is a nice story of an English lady who came to visit and stayed already 52 years there!!! Great prices, good souvenirs ,and a splendid chat indeed !!!

We had our lunch as last year coming back to Restaurant Hostal Palacios at Calle Navarro Ledesma. This was epic with menus at 7,50€ entrée, main dish, dessert, bread, Amstel beer; of course we had a second round and coffee expresso so came out to 11,55€ per person but still a bargain in the middle of Toledo! The service very friendly and the manager remember us or at least he claims lol!!! More here: http://www.hostalpalacios.net/Restaurante.21.0.html

There is so much to see as I said in Toledo, and many popular places easily found in internet, so rather than bombard the post with links I let you do some fingers clicking for them. These are just a few, last year came to some different ones and some repeat this year, with new ones. I am sure next time there will be others to see. For me two full days are needed to see this wonderful city, see it; because I can stay a lifetime. In fact, a spot for retirement is not out of the question ::)

The photos will show the sites above as usual in my blog, and have more than ever on a post!!!. Enjoy them, and maybe inspire you to come to visit the city of cultures. Dream on like Don Quijote and visit magical Castilla La Mancha! Cheers!!!

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