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What to see and visit in the Province of Toledo?
Toledo It is one of the Spanish capitals considered World Heritage by UNESCO and maintains that atmosphere and charm that characterizes European capitals.
Toledo It is a magical place, probably one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The buildings and its narrow streets maintain and emanate the hundreds of years of history, which are enclosed in its old walls and the Tagus River runs through the city adding an extra charm, if possible.
In your travel itinerary, surely a day to visit is included Toledo. In all travel agencies in Madrid it is presented as a package for both foreign and Spanish tourists. If you want to avoid the hassle, we advise you to visit it in the middle of the week and during the low season months. The city is in the habit of receiving tourists and has a wide range of hotels and restaurants to accommodate tourists. It also has a large number of souvenir shops, which are set up outside on the sidewalks, for ease of attracting potential buyers.
The province of Toledo It offers the visitor a lot of possibilities and choice. The climate is extreme, it is very cold in winter and very hot in summer. The local economy offers high quality products: wines, dairy products and hand-made sausages. Some areas of Toledo are famous for their ceramics, others for their furniture and their lace and lace. Toledo is also known for other types of products such as knives: daggers, swords. , ...
Toledo It is very well communicated both by its road network, by train and by air. It is located at 45 min. from Madrid capital. Airport closer is Madrid Barajas (Tel .: 91 305 83 43), which is only 50 minutes from TOledo (M-40 towards A-42 (Autovía de Toledo). By Train: AVE Renfe leaves from Atocha station in Madrid, it takes 25 minutes. In addition to other neighborhoods. It has its network of buses, which cover the entire Spanish panorama. Toledo Bus Station Tel.:925 223 641 and Autobúses Atocha Tel .: 915 272 961. By highway: from Madrid M-40 direction A-42 (Autovía de Toledo); from Talavera de laReina, Cáceres and Portugal by the A-5 Autovía del Soeste, from Andalusia by A-4: Autovía del Sur; from Cuenca, Albacete and Co. Valenciana by N-400: Madrid-Valencia highway, from Ciudad Real by CM-42 Autovía de los Viñedos; des Ávila, Salamanca and Valladolid by the N-403: Toledo-Ávila highway.
The city of Toledo
Throughout the 13th century, Toledo It became one of the few places in Spain where Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted and were tolerated without problems (perhaps not as idyllic as history wants us to believe) and this unique combination of styles and cultures resulting from this Toledo period of history gives it unique characteristics. Visitors can still see the remains of churches, synagogues and mosques built during this period.
Toledo became a fortified city during the Roman occupation. Its location and the route that the river Tajo makes surrounding the city, made it an impregnable fortress. From that moment Toledo became the most important political, economic and cultural center in Spain. The Visigoths named Toledo their capital and it was also important during the period of Muslim occupation. When the Spanish army reconquered Toledo for the Christians, Toledo became the official residence of the Castilian kings, until the 16th century.
Things to do and visit in Toledo
The best way to visit Toledo is by parking your car outside the city walls (there are many signs that tell you where the car parks are located), get a map at the Information and Tourism Office, which is located on the other side of the city. Hinge Door and enter the city through this majestic gate. It is possible to visit the entire walled city on foot and it is also possible to visit the most important only in one day. If you have more than one day, first take a walk around the city, take its pulse and feel the message written on its walls and houses. Let yourself move a little in time, before starting the visit. It's easier if you first get a little familiar with the names and place them.
Historic monuments of Toledo
Alcazar: This outstanding castle is the most emblematic monument of Toledo and was used as a fortress by the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians. King Alfonso VI built his residence here and some of the most prestigious architects and artists of the time participated in the construction of this Royal Palace. It was destroyed in the 18th century, during the War of the Spanish Succession. It was rebuilt and years later it burned down and was rebuilt again. The last time it was destroyed was during the Spanish Civil War and it was not repaired until a few years later.
Toledo Cathedral: It was founded in the 1st century by Saint Eugene, Toledo's first Bishop. During the Muslim occupation, the Arabs converted it into a mosque. In the 11th century, King Alfonso VI turned it back into a cathedral, then in the 13th century it was destroyed and later rebuilt in the Gothic style, which we know and which has lasted to this day.
Monastery of San Juan delos Reyes: It is a 15th century monastery, in the Gothic style and was built by order and under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs.
Cistercian Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos: It is a 16th century Monastery, which is decorated with paintings by El Greco, who is buried here. This Spanish painter was the one who painted the church of this monastery. The monks who live there make and sell handmade cookies and sweets made by themselves.
Door Hinge: It is the main gateway to the ancient city of Toledo. What appears to be one huge stone turns out to be two: the old gate was built during the period of Muslim occupation of Toledo in the 6th to 7th century and the new gate, which overlaps the original, was built in the 16th century. Because here is the best way to start your visit to the city. This is where the very large parking lot is located where you can leave your car without problems and an Information and Tourism Office, where you can get a map of the city and find out everything.
El Tránsito Synagogue: It was built in the 13th century. It has a museum inside that describes the life that Jews led in the city, its history and the influence that Jewish culture has had on the events and culture of the city.
Synagogue of Santa Maríala Blanca: Today this synagogue has been converted into a museum, housing interesting ceramics and wooden objects.
Moro WorkshopIt was built in the 14th century by the Jews and when they were expelled from Toledo, it was converted into a church. You can still see Hebrew writings on its walls.
El Greco Museum: The famous painter El Greco lived in this house, which is now an impressive museum, which houses his works.
Contemporary Art Museum: is located in the House of the Chains, An interesting 16th century building converted into a fine art gallery, specializing in 20th century art.
Museum of the Holy Cross: It is located in an old 16th century hospital, restored and refurbished to house this museum. It has a courtyard with a staircase, which are charming, and it contains works of art, tapestries and archaeological objects found in various excavations.
Museum of the Duque de Lerma FoundationIt is also known by the name of Hospital de Tavera, because it is located in an old hospital dating from 1541, which Cardinal Tavera had built in the Castilian Renaissance style. The Duchess of Lerma, who lived in her Palace located within the hospital compound, had it restored and remodeled. It should be noted: the mausoleum of Cardinal Tavera located in the Church, under the dome and made by the sculptor Alonso Berruguete, a beautiful courtyard, which is divided in two by a covered and elevated passage; all the paintings by El Greco, which decorated the Palace of the Dukes of Lerma, are now on display in this museum. This building has been declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument.
Visigoth Councils and Culture Museum: It is located in the Church of San Román and it shows objects from the Visigoth period.
Victorio Macho Museum: This museum is located in what used to be the house of the sculptor Victor Macho. His most famous sculptures are housed in it.
Museum of the Parish of Santo Tomé: The most famous works of El Greco are exhibited in this museum: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, among others.
Festivals in Toledo
Corpus Christi: the parties of Corpus Christi they are known throughout Spain.
Holy Week: as in almost all the towns of Castilla La Mancha, during the Holy week The processes are made through the streets of Toledo covered with a maximum of seriousness and spectacularity.
Romerías the friday: after Easter the pilgrimages begin (7) to the different hermitages, they call it Friday and they continue until Pentecost. During the whole weekend and each one is in a different hermitage: Hermitage of Cristo de la Vega, Hermitage of the Virgen de la Cabeza (last Sunday of April), Hermitage of Our Lady of La Bastida (2nd Sunday of May), Hermitage of Santo Ángel Custodio (3rd Sunday of May ), Hermitage of the Virgin of the Star (4th Sunday May), El Rocíose is celebrated in the church of the convent of San Antonio fifteen days before Pentecost Monday, Hermitage of San Jerónimo (Sunday around 30 September) and Hermitage of the Virgen de la Guía ( October 12).
During the month of August, between 15 and 20 thepatron saint festivities, in honor of Virgin of the Sagrario,The 15th of August. These are the city's great festivals in Toledo, of a playful and religious nature.
European Day of Jewish Culture: This approach to Jewish culture is celebrated every year.
Annual Jazz Festival.
Organ Festival: annual. It takes place in the Church of SantoTomé.
International Music Festival: annual.
Music Festival of the Three Cultures: Annual. It is celebrated from 20 to 26 August. It takes place in the Cloister of the old convent of San Pedro Martir.
What can be bought in Toledo
There are many souvenir shops in Toledo and they all seem to have the same objects: swords (for centuries Toledo has had a reputation for building the best edged weapons: such as swords, foils, knives, daggers, rapiers ...), walking sticks, Don Quixote figures, tiles and pottery. Painted earthenware from Talavera, copies of paintings by El Greco, wines and liquors from the region, lace, lace and embroidery made by hand from Lagartera ... If you want to buy local products, try to buy Marzipanes from Toledo, Manchego cheese (made throughout the province and there are a variety of them) and hams.
What to eat in Toledo: Toledo is famous for its roasts of meat and lamb. The most typical regional dishes are: partridge stew, cochifrito, beans with partridge, roast lamb and roast suckling pig, during the hunting season Venison stew, partridge ...
Where to eat in Toledo: click on Restaurants in Toledo to see the Toledo Restaurant Guide.
Tapas Bars in Toledo: There are many tapas bars in Toledo, but not all of them are good. If you want to eat tapas quickly and try several bars, here is a short tour of some, which are quite close and that you can visit in a short time: Ludeña (in Plaza de la Magdalena), The abbey (in Nuñezde Arce) or La Tabernita (in Santa Fe). Outside the old quarter, try Say Wine (Chile, 2).
Where to stay in Toledo: click on Toledo Hotels guide.
What to visit in the province of Toledo
Toledo It is a province with all kinds of landscapes: plains, high mountains and mountains, game reserves and some beautiful towns and cities:
Oropesa: a beautiful medieval town, which maintains all its historical and rural charm. The Parador de Oropesa, was one of the first inns, which were opened in this Spanish hotel chain. It is a house-palace from the 16th to the 17th century. It has about 2,000 inhabitants and several buildings of interest from the 16th and 17th centuries. It is possible to visit the town in 2 hours.
Lagartera: This curious town only 2 km from Oropesa, is famous for the magnificent embroideries that its women have been making for centuries: dresses, sheets, aprons, curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads ... When the weather is good, you can see the women, who are They gather outside the houses, either in the patios on the same street, to embroider together and chat.
Talavera de la Reina: it is located 76 km. from Toledo, along the banks of the Tagus River. Talavera is the largest city in the province since the 20th century. It is the most populated city, famous for its ceramics and tiles, as well as for embroidery. It has some interesting monuments and churches, as well as an impressive 15th century bridge, the Puente de Santa Catalina, which consists of 35 arches.
Wobbly: it is located 55 km. of Toledo. This beautiful town has 2 impressive squares: the Plaza Mayor and the Plaza de laOrden, which are joined by an arch and by balconies.
Villacañas: small town located 80 km from Toledo, it has some underground houses called silos, which are very curious. It has a beautiful Parish Church of the Assumption, Gothic in style and from the 16th century.
The Yébenes: you are located 42 km. from Toledo and located in the Sierra de Los Yébenes.It has an interesting Castle of Guadalerzas Built in the 12th century, during the reign of Alfonso VII, it was restored in the 18th century. 86 km from the Sierra de los Yebénes, on the Ciudad Real highway, is located Cabañeros National Park (PuebloNuevo de Bullaque). Guided tours must be arranged in advance.
Illescas: It is located 35 km from Toledo, this small town has its historical importance due to its strategic location, because it is located between the Autonomous Communities of Castilla La Mancha and Castilla-León. The Kings of Castile sometimes stayed here and King Francisco I of France was taken prisoner and imprisoned in this town. Remains of the old wall still remain. The main attraction, for most visitors is The Bohío, considered by experts to be the best restaurant in the province of Toledo and one of the best in Spain.
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