Toledo trip from Madrid
Discover on this trip to Toledo from Madrid the most emblematic places of this historic city, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
We will begin our guided tour through Toledo at the Lookout of the Valley, a privileged viewpoint from which we will be able to see the entire city surrounded by the Tajo river. From this place you will also have your first point of contact with some of its grand monuments, like the Alcazar or the Cathedral of Santa María.
Once our visit to Toledo approaches the historic centre, we will feel that this is a special place, where it sometimes feels like time has stopped in this labyrinth-like framework of cobbled, steep and narrow streets.
In reality, we will enter a city that is conserved practically as it was in the 16th century, when it was the capital of the Kingdom. And so, in the nicest way our steps will take us to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where the Town Hall, Episcopal Palace and Cathedral are located.
Of them all, the gothic architecture of the Cathedral de Santa María powerfully commands attention. We will have the opportunity to admire it from the outside.
From there we will head toward one of the most-visited places in Toledo, the Church of Santo Tome, in order to view El Greco’s masterpiece: “The Burial of Count Orgaz.”
That temple forms part of the old Jewish district where we will also discover the old synagogue Santa María la Blanca. This temple seems like a mosque since it was built by the Moors in the 12th century, although actually it is a Christian church. This is a magnificent example of the coexistence of the Three Cultures.
We will continue our excursion through Toledo in the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, declared an Historic-Artistic Monument of National Interest. The monastery was ordered to be built by Queen Isabel the Catholic in 1477 as thanks to God for victory in the Battle of Toro, decisive for her coronation in the War of Castilian Succession. In fact, we will see numerous representations of the Crown of Castile in the facade and in its interior.
Within the monastery, walking through the cloister is unforgettable, considering it is an exception example of the transition between gothic and renaissance art.
In addition, its church is in the highest demand by the inhabitants of Toledo for wedding celebrations, given the beauty of its interior, where its High Altar is highlights and the coats of arms of the Catholic Kings are displayed in relief on the walls.
In order to finish this guided excursion to Toledo from Madrid, we will have the opportunity to enter a damasque workshop and gift store. Damasque is the art of laying gold filigree into Steel objects. In the shop you will be able to buy other traditional products of Toledo, such as replicas of its prestigious swords and ancient armour.
In short, it is a good place to buy souvenirs of this intense visit to Toledo, where in just half a day you will be able to discover why this city is one of the most-visited destinations by travellers who come to Spain from any part of the world.
Note: excursion is not suitable for people with limited mobility.