Your Ultimate Guide to Discover Toledo
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What to do in Toledo
You are in for a treat if you are visiting Toledo for a bachata festival.
This city is full of history, culture and charm, and you will find plenty of things to do and see in your four days here. Here are some of my recommendations for you:
This is one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in Spain, and you can’t miss it if you love architecture and art.
You will be amazed by the rich decoration,
the stunning stained glass windows, the choir, the altarpiece, and the paintings by El Greco, among other treasures.
You can also climb up to the bell tower for a panoramic view of the city.
The cathedral is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 14:00 to 18:00 on Sundays.
The entrance fee is 12 euros,
but you can get a discount if you buy a combined ticket with other attractions.
Monastery of Saint John of the Monarchs:
This is another architectural gem that you should visit in Toledo.
It was built in the 15th century by the Catholic Monarchs as a symbol of their victory over the Muslims.
The monastery has a beautiful cloister with Mudéjar style arches and a garden with orange trees. You can also admire the paintings by Zurbarán and Morales in the church and the tombs of several nobles and knights in the sacristy.
The monastery is open from 10:00 to 18:30 every day.
The entrance fee is 3 euros,
but you can get free entry if you have a Toledo Card.
Mirador del Valle
If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view of Toledo,
you should go to this viewpoint on the other side of the river Tagus.
You will see the whole city skyline, with its walls, towers, bridges and domes, surrounded by nature.
It’s especially beautiful at sunset when the light creates a magical atmosphere. You can get there by car, bus or taxi, or you can walk along the river bank for about an hour.
After a day of sightseeing,
you will need some good food to recharge your energy.
And what better place than this cosy tavern that serves delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist?
You can try their croquettes,
their cod confit, their lamb chops, or their cheese board, among other delicacies.
They also have a great selection of wines and beers to accompany your meal.
The tavern is open from 11:00 to 17:00 and from 20:00 to 23:59 on Fridays and Saturdays,
and from 11:00 to 17:00 on Sundays and Mondays.
You can book a table online or by phone.
If you are a coffee lover,
you will love this place.
It’s a speciality coffee shop that offers high-quality beans from different origins, roasted in-house. You can choose your preferred brewing method, such as espresso, filter or cold brew, and enjoy your cup with a pastry or a sandwich.
They also have teas, juices and smoothies for those who prefer something else. The coffee shop is open from 08:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday.
You can find it in Plaza de La Magdalena, near the cathedral.
Where to stay in Toledo
If you want to feel like royalty,
you can book a room at the Eurostars Palacio Buenavista,
a 5-star hotel that offers luxury, comfort and elegance.
You can relax in the spa, swim in the indoor pool or enjoy the views of the Tajo river.
As Hilton Gold, you will have great breakfast and free wifi.
The price for one night is only € 99.
Hotel Pintor El Greco
If you prefer something more cozy and charming,
you can choose the Hotel Pintor El Greco, a 4-star hotel that is located in the historic center of Toledo, right across from the El Greco Museum.
You can admire the original wooden beams, stone walls and antique furniture of this former bakery.
The price for one night is only € 75.
If you are looking for something more simple and economical,
you can opt for the Hostal Sol, a 2-star guesthouse that is situated in a quiet street near the Cathedral.
You can enjoy the free wifi, air conditioning and private bathroom of your room. The price for one night is only € 40.
Where to eat in Toledo
La Mar Salá
If you are craving some fresh seafood, head to La Mar Salá,
a chic and romantic restaurant that serves up dishes like grilled octopus, fried calamari and seafood paella.
You can also enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on their cosy terrace.
This place is popular, so make sure to book in advance.
El Tigre Sidra Bar
If you are feeling adventurous, try El Tigre Sidra Bar,
a tapas bar that offers a variety of snacks like patatas bravas, croquettes, ham and cheese, and tortilla española.
You can also sample some of their homemade cider, which is served in large glasses that you have to drink quickly before it loses its fizz.
If you are looking for something more traditional, go to MasaMadre Toledo,
a bakery and café that specializes in artisan breads, pastries and cakes.
You can have a hearty breakfast or brunch with their tostadas, sandwiches, salads and quiches. Don’t miss their signature chocolate cake,
which is moist and decadent.
La Casa De Damasco
If you want to try something different,
visit La Casa De Damasco, an Arabic restaurant that offers a variety of dishes like hummus, falafel, couscous and kebabs. You can also enjoy their mint tea and baklava in their charming patio.
This place is a hidden gem in the heart of Toledo.
Cuchara de Palo
If you are in the mood for some comfort food,
stop by Cuchara de Palo, a smart but casual bar that serves homemade dishes like lentil soup, meatballs, chicken stew and rice pudding.
You can also order some of their tapas like cheese, ham and olives.
This place is cozy and friendly.
Other useful information when visiting Toledo
Here are some facts that will make you fall in love with Toledo even more:
Toledo is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain,
with a rich history and culture that dates back to Roman times. It was once the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom and the Spanish Empire, and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Toledo has a population of about 84,000 people,
so it’s not too big or too small.
You’ll find friendly locals who are proud of their city and eager to share it with you.
Toledo uses the euro (€) as its currency, just like most of Europe. You can exchange your money at banks, ATMs or currency exchange offices.
The current exchange rate is 1 EUR = 1.13 USD (as of August 2023).
Toledo has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters.
The average temperature in August is 25°C,
but it can get as high as 38°C during the day.
Make sure you bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Toledo uses the type F plug,
which has two round pins and a grounding hole.
Toledo is located about 80 km (50 miles) south of Madrid, the capital of Spain.
The nearest airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD),
which has flights from all over the world.
You can take a train or a bus from the airport to Toledo in less than two hours.
Toledo is known as the “City of Three Cultures”,
because it was home to Christians, Muslims and Jews for centuries.
You can see the influence of these cultures in the architecture, art and cuisine of the city. You’ll also find some quirky and fun attractions, such as the Museum of Torture, the Sword Factory or the Zocodover Square.
Toledo is a city that will surprise you with its charm, history and diversity.
It’s also a great place to enjoy bachata,
one of the most sensual and romantic dances in the world.
Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Toledo and have an unforgettable experience!