Once an ignored destination, Toledo (Spain’s former capital) stands magnificently over the hill top bordered by River Tagus (Rio Tajo) from all sides. Today, it is a ‘must-stop’ place on a day trip from Madrid. This ‘imperial city’ was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, between 1986 and 1987. This is because of its multicultural past with co-existence of Christians, Arabs and Jews and its historical inheritances in form of churches, fortresses, mosques, palaces and synagogues. For instance, the towers of Alzacar fortress dominate the skyline of Toledo and can be seen from Mirador del Valle (The Valley viewpoint). That’s why, the city is sometimes known as the “City of the Three Cultures”.
At present, the cobbled streets of this old city remains crowded with tourists and locals for most part of the year. However, after twilight the peaceful face of the city changes dramatically into an energetic one. You get to see the actual ‘nightlife’ face of the streets. Whether you are travelling with your family or wish to enjoy solo travel, Toledo offers every bit of travelling experiences to enjoy for the travelers.
Essential travel information and Toledo tips for your visit
- As the sun sets down, the nightlife of Toledo begins. Locals come out and enjoy themselves in Bar La Abadia.
- As far as shopping is concerned, Toledo is popular for its swords. Make sure you buy one as a token from the trip.
- Hand painted ceramics make for great souvenirs.
- Try out the free cable ferry that goes around the city during summer. It starts from near Hotel El Diamantista.
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