And I made it back to Toledo this time with the family and it was one of our best expériences from our trip to Spain. Believe or not , I have come here often on my rounds by Madrid , but this time came with the wife after 26 years! Toledo is magical but been to many places and little time for it, this time with the family finally made it back and it was very special.
The tourist office is here: http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en
We came by car on the N400 after going most of the way on the A40 from the mountains north of Cuenca (see previous posts). The drive was easy with little or no traffic ,and the parking was easy to find and plenty of spaces available in the Corralillo de San Miguel just next to the Alcazar. http://www.parkindigo.es/parkings/ficha.php?id=43
Of course, the first building was the Alcazar and the museo del Ejercito or army museum. We are not into muséums preferred the street walks and soaking in the local flavors of the gastronomy and shopping. However, this is a must for museum goers. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/military-museum_73
We quickly moved to wonderful Plaza del Zocodover, full of life and great eateries and shopping, we loaded up on Swords and pennants which the boys soaked up pretty quickly; even a musket pistol! The shop is just across from the entrance to the museum,the name escapes me as usual on these things duh! http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/squares_105
We ,then, took the calle comercio full of shops and restos very colorful, we love it came by here many times sometimes in circles so be it ,it is wonderful. I can stay here all day ,you walk. This street takes you on the back of the Catedral Primada. Now, again not into seeing buildings but if not been in it you should see it. Me, well can’t seen to be paying 11 euros to see a Church; sacre! it should be free or at least much cheaper. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/primada-cathedral_243
In our walks, we passed by many Churches with lots of history but we just walk by them soaking in the architecture and the sights even of other tourists…. One that was Worth the photo was the Church of del Salvador or Savior built on a mosque and Christian by the 12C. Of interest Queen Juana of Castile was baptised here, been the mother of Carlos V. The Church of San Idelfonso an original Jesuit Church that took 150 years to built, following the example of Il Gesú in Rome. Next we came to the Church of San Romàn, located on one of the 12 hills of Toledo! on the foundations of a Roman building, and Inside it has a Visigoth museum or museo de concilios. Another, was the Church of Santiago del Arrabal, considered one of the best example of Mudéjar style architecture in Toledo.
We came into a nice square Plaza de San Vicente where the Circulo del Arte building is located; this is a nice example of old, religious like building used to expose great works of arts in temporary and permanent expositions. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/exhibition-halls_497
The nice Convento de Santa Isabel de los Reyes, a convent where nuns sells the sweets of the area is quite nice and very inviting to eat even in the heat of 35C! http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/convent-of-santa-isabel-de-los-reyes_280
An interesting building was the Posada de la Hermandad or brotherhood created to protect the farmers from bandits even if today is used for exhibitions by the city; http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/inn-of-hermandad_296
The city hall or town hall (Ayuntamiento) is always attractive in many cities and one to look at its architecture, this one in Toledo is no exception. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/town-hall_286
A super site just by the puerta de Valmardon is the Mezquita Cristo de la Luz. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/cristo-de-la-luz-mosque_244
The Cristo de la Luz mosque is the most perfect example of islamic art in Spain ,kept almost intact from the time of the Caliphs by around 999AD.
Another interesting gate is puerta de Alcantara, http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/alcantara-gate_264
and Puerta de Bisagra: http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/bisagra-gate_262
For those on public transports the train station is very nice and just on the outskirts of town with great bus service inward. http://www.toledo-turismo.com/en/how-to-arrive-the-city_404
We did try the bus no 61 to get us from the back of the Church of Santiago del Arrabal (puerta bisagra stop) back to the Plaza Zocodover after an exhaustive day of walking , the ride was nice and the cost 1,40€ per person. info on UNAUTO here http://unauto.es/lineas
There is a nice Teatro de Rojas in Toledo not stay overnight to try it but it looks very nice and good alternative for the day activities of anyone. From 1578 a comedy theater to the one now from 1878, its all here in Spanish: http://www.teatroderojas.es/es/el-teatro
And of course, we did delves into ice creams and granizados or granitas best can translate, its syrup of different flavors to choose on crushed ice great for the heat of the day. However, for a formal lunch we could not resist the 6,95€ menu from Meson Palacios part of hostal Palacios. on Calle Alfonso XI El Sabio (the sage) no 5 corner with calle Navarro Ledesma. We had first plate arroz a la Cubana, judias blancas con panceta y rabo, croquetas Roquefort, then 2nd plate, bistec a las finas hierbas, hamburguesas con patatas, pollo en pepitoria, also bread, dessert like rice pudding, a glass of beer and coffee tax included all this for 6,95!!! the best bargain in our trip and all deliciously serve with great friendly funny service. A memorable family moment to last. http://www.hostalpalacios.net/Restaurante.18.0.html
On the way back, we stop for more shopping and ice cream at the shopping center or centro comercial Luz del Tajo on the N400 road, follow centro comercial and then luz de tajo ,further there is Fusion shopping plaza but not as good. Something to use as a rest stop as well. http://www.luzdeltajo.net/
And our trip to Toledo ended good. Memories for me and especially for the other half as 26 years ago I brought her here searching for a hotel and could not ,all booked, we end up back in Madrid where we found one, driving on the road with no réservations, never again. Toledo is now seen by our sons and we pass on the thirst for more in the future as they like it too !!! Enjoy the photos and may it bring you the thirst to come here too, Toledo is magical, mythical, beautiful. Cheers