10 essential places to visit in Toledo


This list of places to visit in Toledo, will help you not to miss anything important in one of the best preserved and most beautiful medieval cities in Europe.
Mandatory stop for history buffs to live peacefully for centuries Christians, Muslims and Jews, respecting their customs and privileges, Toledo is thanks to this great example of tolerance, known as the City of Three Cultures in addition to retaining a great legacy of buildings and architectural elements characteristic of each religion.
Here, in addition to visiting ancient churches, convents and synagogues, we recommend you to stroll at sunset through the narrow streets of the center, climb up to the spectacular viewpoint of the Valley, see the masterpieces of El Greco and above all, try the marzipan, the star product from the city, without forgetting that when you cross the Alcántara Bridge or the Bisagra Gate, you will enter a historic center declared a World Heritage Site, which will leave you speechless.

Based on the experience of the two times we visited the city from the capital of Spain, considered one of the best excursions in Madrid, we have made this list of essential places to see in Toledo. We start!

1. Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria, also called Primada Cathedral of Spain, is one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world and one of the most essential places to visit in Toledo.
This Gothic cathedral, built between 1226 and 1493, stands out for having an exterior with 3 facades: a main one richly decorated with a 92-meter-high tower, the Clock Gate that is the oldest facade and the Lions Gate, The last to be built.
If the exterior is spectacular, when you enter inside you will be speechless when you see places like the Main Chapel and its altarpiece, the Chapter House, the Mozarabic Chapel, the stained glass, the Choir or the Treasury, among others.
The ticket has a price of 10 euros, although for 2 euros more you can book this guided tour that will allow you to know better the history of the cathedral or take this offer that also includes the famous tour of the 3 cultures.

Another alternative with which you can save time and money is to buy the Toledo Card, which includes the skip-the-line entrance to the cathedral and the city's main tourist attractions.
Visiting hours: every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays that open visits to the public at 2 p.m.

3. Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca

The Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca, located in the old Jewish quarter, is one of our favorite places to see in Toledo.
This Mudejar religious building, built in 1180, was used for more than 200 years as a synagogue, until it was converted into a church under the invocation of the Virgin in 1411.
It highlights its sober exterior that contrasts with a beautiful interior of white walls, octagonal pillars and horseshoe arches, which have served as a model for other synagogues around the world.
Another interesting synagogue, located in the Jewish quarter, is that of the 14th-century Transit, which has a magnificent wooden coffering and the interesting Sephardic Museum, inside.
Visiting hours Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca: every day from 10am to 5:45 pm
Visiting hours of the Synagogue of Transit: from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The months of November to February close at 6pm.

Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, one of the places to see in Toledo

How to get to Toledo from Madrid

The most common way to enjoy the places to visit in Toledo is to go from Madrid, taking a train or bus.
The high-speed AVANT train will take you from the Atocha Station to Toledo in 33 minutes for less than 14 euros and although trains leave every hour it is advisable to book the tickets the day before, especially if you travel on a holiday or weekend to Do not run out of places.
From Toledo station you can walk to the center by climbing some escalators that will take you to the Plaza de Zocodover.
Another cheaper option is to take a bus from the ALSA company in the Elliptical Plaza Exchanger that will take you near the escalators of Zocodover Square, in 50 minutes for 5.5 euros or 10 euros, if you buy round trip .
If you only have one day and want to learn more about the history of Toledo it may be interesting to book this excursion with a guide in Spanish that leaves from the Plaza de Oriente or this one that also includes the visit to the impressive Segovia.

For more information about the transfer you can consult this post on how to go from Madrid to Toledo.

Map of the places to see in Toledo essential

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