Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SPAIN: TOLEDO


Visiting Toledo, San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery and Segovia I enjoyed a sort of time travel to the Middle Ages. Churches, synagogues, mosques, convents, walls, bridges, towers are really well preserved in Toledo and there you can visit fantastic places. Get lost in its narrow streets, squares and gardens make your visit to Toledo a wonderful experience.

Below you can see the most interesting places I visited in Toledo:

Day 1

  • Alcántara bridge
  • Alcázar
  • Cathedral of Toledo
  • Zocodover Square
  • Church of Santo Tomé (Painting: Entierro del Señor de Orgaz)
  • Night tour
  • Evening meal in La Abadía

Day 2

  • Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca
  • Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
  • Mosque of Cristo de la Luz
  • Sol Gate
  • Church of Santiago de Arrabal
  • Bisagra Gate
  • City Walls
  • San Martín bridge
  • Cigarral Venta del Alma
  • Views from the Parador

Day 3

  • Judería (Jewish Quarter)
  • Synagogue of Tránsito
  • Church of San Salvador
  • Círculo del Arte

As you will see in the following pictures, in Toledo you can visit wonderful buildings built in Mudejar art, in Islamic art, Christian art (gothic for instance) or Jewish art. So if you are interested in art, Toledo is your city.


Day 1

Alcántara bridge and Alcázar of Toledo
Alcántara bridge and Alcázar of Toledo


Alcázar of Toledo
Alcázar of Toledo

Cathedral of Toledo
Cathedral of Toledo


Cathedral of Toledo
Detail of the main entrance of the gothic cathedral of Toledo


Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo
Mudejar bell tower of the church of Santo Tomé, where you can visit the fantastic painting "El Entierro del Señor de Orgaz", masterpiece of El Greco



Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (El antiguo) in Toledo
Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (El antiguo) in Toledo. Here we bought succulent artisan marzipan


Street of Toledo lit at night
Street of Toledo lit at night



Tapas in La Abadía restaurant in Toledo
Tapas in La Abadía restaurant in Toledo

Cathedral of Toledo lit at night
Coming back to our hotel, we enjoyed this view of the Cathedral of Toledo lit at night

Day 2


Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca in Toledo
Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca in Toledo


Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo



Mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo
Mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo


Puerta del Sol in Toledo
Puerta del Sol (Sol Gate) in Toledo, another exemple of Mudéjar architecture



Puerta de Bisagra in Toledo
Puerta de Bisagra (Bisagra Gate) and, on the left, mudejar church of Santiago de Arrabal


Mudéjar church of Santiago de Arrabal in Toledo
Mudéjar church of Santiago de Arrabal in Toledo



City walls of Toledo
City walls of Toledo



San Martín bridge in Toledo
San Martín bridge in Toledo

San Martín bridge in Toledo
From San Martín bridge in Toledo you can see the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes


Cigarral Venta del Alma in Toledo
Cigarral Venta del Alma in Toledo, a beautiful and peaceful place you must visit in Toledo

Cigarral Venta del Alma in Toledo
We enjoyed a delicious tea in Cigarral Venta del Alma in Toledo


 Cathedral of Toledo and Alcázar from the Parador
Cathedral of Toledo and Alcázar from the Parador


Day 3


 Sinagogue of Tránsito in Toledo
Detail inside Sinagogue of Tránsito in Toledo


Círculo del Arte in Toledo
Círculo del Arte is a nice snack bar located inside a mudéjar church



I also would like to give you some useful information:

- Where to eat in Toledo:

  • La Abadía (here I saw Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero)
  • Alfileritos 24

- Where to have a drink in Toledo:

  • Círculo del Arte
  • Parador of Toledo
  • Cigarral La Venta del Alma

Apart from Toledo, I also visited these towns and places during the days I was in Madrid:



Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


- Catalonia

- Basque Country

- Cantabria

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could you please advise on what tour you used for the Toledo night tour? We are planning out trip in December. Any advice would be greatly appreciated:)

Frank said...

I'm sorry but I can't remember the agency of the night tour I did in Toledo. However I booked this tour in www.atrapalo.com. I hope that this information can help you.