Toledo guide explains all the hard facts needed to enjoy a full day excursion from Madrid in this beautiful city. With our guide you will not be wondering if you missed anything!
Train: From Madrids Atocha station the High speed AVE will take you to Toledo in 30 minutes. Hourly services from 0650 until 2150
Coach: From the Madrid Sur station to Toledo the service is provided by Continental and takes 1hr 25 mins. Departures hourly from 0700-2200.
By Road: From Madrid take the M-30 or M-40 and follow the signs for Toledo. Turn onto the highway M42 and in less than 70km you are in Toledo.
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Spains 1st capital city the first known reference is from Roman times. Located on the side of the Rio Tajo (River Tajo,) as it goes into a gorge, the fortified city overlooks the modern city built on the plain it once guarded. In 1987 the city was granted UNESCO recognition due to its historical importance. During the 12th and 13th centuries the city formed the main trading hub for the Iberian peninsula and the buildings today reflect the financial wealth of this time.
Perched as it is on the side of a steep hill walking the city can be hard work for the elderly or infirm. Thankfully there are regular bus services within the city walls for those not able to sustain the sloping roads.
What to see
Madrid guide Spain recommends the following:
- Military Museum: A collection explaining; the historical tactical importance of the city, the weapons manufacturing history incluiding Toledo swords, the various battles for control of the city and other important Spanish military history
- Toledo Cathedral: A working cathedral open to the public. Historically and today an important part of the catholic church with the resident cardinal being a regular visitor to the Vatican. Be sure to check out the Hats of previous cardinals suspended from the ceiling above their tombs.
- Synagog of Santa Maria la blanca: One of the few remaining aspects of the city´s occupaiton by the Moors in the 12th century.
Apart from the above the best way to see the city is with the services of a Toledo guide. Whilst walking at a gentle pace you will have the history of what seems like every 2nd building explained. Of course you can always buy a Toledo guide book and make the walk around the city at your leisure!
Residents Tip: 1km from the old city´s main gate and in the new city go to the Plaza de Cuba for Tapas! For 1€ you can have a Caña (small beer) and a Tapa. With the various bars trying to out-do each other 3-4 Tapas are as good as a lunch or dinner! Best between 1100-1500 & 2000 - 2300.
Do not stop at the Toledo guide, explore the other activities within 1hr of Madrid!