24 Hours in Toledo

After visiting Barcelona, Sevilla and Ronda, it was finally time to travel to Spain’s capital city, Madrid. While booking the trip, I caught sight of Toledo, which is absolutely gorgeous and just 30 minutes outside the city by high speed train.  Making it a side trip was a no-brainer.

It’s recommended that Renfe train tickets are booked ahead of time as they can sell out, especially during peak season. After landing in the Madrid airport, we ubered to Madrid’s absolutely gorgeous and forested train station (there’s even a turtle pond!), and caught our train to Toledo. It’s a hilly city, we probably should have taken a taxi, but the walk through medieval Toledo at sunset was enjoyable.

After checking in, we wandered to a bar for a glass of wine, which in this part of Spain comes with a free tapa. I accidentally ended up with raw mussels, which were surprisingly ok. Then it was time for dinner. After devouring a plate of Manchego cheese, we had the tenderest pork I’ve ever tried and a lava cake, a local speciality. Although the area is famous for suckling pig, I didn’t think I could deal with a whole pig on my plate, snout, hooves and all.

In the morning our destination was the Toledo cathedral. This was by far one of the most impressive and interesting I’ve been to so far. The sculptures, paintings by El Greco and scale of the cathedral are all impressive, and there’s a huge mural of Jesus being carried by a giant, a bible story I definitely haven’t heard before.

We stopped for Marzipan, a delicious local speciality and enjoyed wandering the medieval streets, filled with cafes and a proportionally large number of sword shops.

Another must see was the Mirador del Valle, or viewpoint over the city. Rather than walking, we had a taxi take us on the way to the train station, making our last view of Toledo a memorable one. Then it was on to Madrid!

Logistics: We missed our original train to Toledo due to a flight delay, and found it easy enough to book tickets at the train station, however in peak season they might sell out.

We stayed at La Posada de Manolo, a central hostel/hotel that was comfortable and had an excellent breakfast.

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  1. Darlene says:

    I love Toledo and all the El Greco paintings. We were not able to get into the big cathedral but there are a couple of smaller ones that are impressive as well. A fun city to wander around.

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    1. We spent a few hours in the cathedral and didn’t make it to any of the smaller ones, I think we were cathedral-ed out haha. But the medieval streets are definitely fun to wander!

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  2. Rebecca says:

    Toledo is gorgeous! I went on a tour based in Madrid in winter 2016, and despite the season, it was surprisingly sunny! Made for beautiful photos from the vantage point– glad that you visited!

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    1. The blue skies and sun were a welcome sight, even if it wasn’t too warm! Glad you had a great time in Toledo too!

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  3. Glad you had a fantastic time in Toledo, Amanda. It is a beautiful little old town packed with history. It holds a special place in my heart as it is one of the few cities outside London that I traveled to as a young boy. I was able to go back last year and share the experience with my girlfriend. It is Magical.

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    1. Glad you got to re visit with your girlfriend, what a gorgeous place!

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  4. Tanja says:

    I’ve visited Madrid and Barcelona but I’d like to see more of Spain. Toledo looks awesome #farawayfiles

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    1. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more of Spain either. Toledo was great because it was a bit of a break from the big city sightseeing.

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  5. katherinefenech2017 says:

    What an awesome day trip! I love finding places like this within a reasonable train-ride of a city I’m exploring. Toledo Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous, and while I’m not religious anymore, I still adore visiting beautiful churches and cathedrals. #FarawayFiles

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    1. A day trip is such an awesome way to get out of the city for a bit and discover other places. Toledo Cathedral is definitely in the top few cathedrals I’ve seen in Europe!

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  6. Toledo looks amazing!!! Would love to visit one day, especially for that beautiful church!! #FarawayFiles

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit-it’s a gorgeous city!

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  7. Clare Thomson says:

    Toledo is definitely on my Spanish wishlist – especially if you get free tapa with your glass of wine. Seriously though, the cathedral looks magnificent and the mix of cultures there really fascinates me. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Free snacks are always a good thing! I hope you get a chance to visit Toledo, I really enjoyed it.

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  8. Hilary says:

    We spent three days in Toledo and LOVED every minute of it! The food, the sights, and the culture kept us busy and those hills kept us in shape! Thank you for sharing to #farwayfiles you’ve brought back some pretty special memories!

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    1. Definitely a workout to walk around Toledo-but it’s so scenic you almost don’t mind!

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  9. the city looks very nice – looking forward to going soon 🙂

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  10. Holdinn says:

    What a detailed guide! I will definitely use it for my trip looks amazing! I am hoping of going there one day,

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    1. Thanks- glad you found it useful! I hope you get a chance to visit!

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