Toledo is a space found in Spain, called as Castilla-La Mancha. It is a hole of idealistic Manchego Knight, Don Quixote. This region is also a natural barrier between industrial northern Spain and Moorish Andalucia. It has dry natural space, plains striped with olive groves, wheat fields and grape vines, whilst deep canyons slice in landscape.
Places to Visit in Toledo
Toledo has several places to be visited by tourists. They are as follows-
- Taller del Moro, which is stunning fourteen century architecture and now a Museum.
- Museum of EI Greco which is a actual home where artists resides
- The Alcazar- the impregnable fortress
- Puerta Bisagra which is imposing turrets with Carlos I’s coat of arms
- Sinagogue EI Transito which is one of the few synagogues that are still standing
- Plaza de Zacodover which is the main plaza of Toledo.
- Monastery Cisterciense de Santo Domingo de Silos
- Museum of Santa Cruz which is a combination of Gothic as well as Spanish Renaissance styles
- Museum Parroquia de Santo Tome which is houses EI Greco’s masterpiece.
- Cathedral of Toledo which is heartbeat of Toledo.
- Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.
Where to Stay in Toledo?
Though Toledo is only at one hour distance from Madrid by bus, one should even stay at least two nights in this historical city. It is not possible to visit all the places in Toledo in one day. It is recommended to stay either in hotel in countryside outside of walled city or stay in heart of this town in “eccentric” old “hostal”, built on ancient grounds.
One may also choose to stay in small “hostal” named as “Hostal Casa de Cisneros”, a restored sixteenth century house built on site of eleventh century Muslim Palace. The “hostal” which is located at centre of Toledo, is a stone’s throw from main Cathedral, which is a heartbeat of Toledo. Features of “hostal” are that it has ten very charming rooms attached with bathrooms, air conditioners, Television and e-mail services. The hostal has Wi-Fi facility also. In 96 Euros per day, breakfast is included. In case when money is not an issue, one must check luxurious “Palacio Eugenia de Montijo”. It is located at centre of Toledo. This marvellous Renaissance Palace was one a home of Empress Eugenia de Montijo. The thirty nine rooms have features like handmade carpets, embroidered bed linen and other works by prestigious Toledo painters.
When to Visit This Place?
It is usually advised by local people of Toledo that not to visit this place on weekends as there is huge crowd collected at this place. One may visit this place during most famous festival outside Easter, feast of Corpus Christi. The street parades were colourful and interesting but there is much crowd to fight from. Streets are narrow and made up of cobblestones. One can use Toledo Limousine for travelling along the city. There are several companies offering this travel service for tourists.