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If you are going to Madrid, a day trip to Toledo is almost a "must visit." Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Vibrant in history, the old center of the city can become packed with tourists during the weekends of high season, but if you can only do one day trip out of Madrid, this is the city to see.
photo of the alcazar of Toledo

Above - My first view of Toledo and its alcazar.

 
Toledo's Sights:
The Alcazar
The Cathedral
Sinagoga del Transito
Iglesia de Santo Tomé  
Museo de Santa Cruz  
A walk along Toledo's ramparts  
Toledo's Train Station  
Toledo Time Line  
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A page of photos from Toledo at exploitz.com
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If at all possible, spend at least one night in Toledo. You really cannot see all the sights in one day, particularly if you choose to explore on your own.

Sitting on a large hill, "Old Toledo" is encircled on three sides by the Tagus River. This old city retains its medieval road plan. On my first visit to Toledo, exploring on my own, I often lost my way due to the twisting streets, irregular terrain and the visual change of whole streets as store fronts disappeared behind graffiti-sprayed enclosures.

Now with the high speed train it takes about 1/2 hours to reach Toledo from Madrid, but do plan on additional time to buy your train ticket and for the bus ride up to Toledo's city center.

Arriving by train at the Toledo Train Station, I was first confused as to what direction to go. The guidebooks indicate a bus will be outside the train station to take you to the city center. As you leave the train station you are faced with a parking lot and no bus. Head to the right and down the drive. Waiting on the road you will find a bus. Should there be no bus, there are taxi cabs, or you can walk to the city center in about an hour.

Explore The Alcazar of Toledo

 


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Information on this page from my 1999 and 2003 visit to Toledo, last updated in November 2008.