Toledo Travel Guide

Discover the Soul of Spain in the Heart of its History.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Tagus River lies the atmospheric, historic town of Toledo. Toledo boasts a splendid amount of architecture, dating back centuries and spanning various cultures who once called this famous town theirs. Romans and Visigoths preceded the peaceful period when Moors, Jews, and Christians cohabitated. Under Moorish rule, Jews had what is considered “a golden age” and participated in public life. In 1492, with the unification of Aragon and Castille’s kingdoms and the final victorious reconquest against the Moors in Granada, Spain was formed, and Christianity was made law. Under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, it was decreed that Jews either leave or convert. Christened Jews, called “Conversos,” were forced to practice their faith in private or be treated as heretics. Toledo reflects its multicultural past in its food and its architecture.

Today, Toledo is a delightful town whose “Casco Viejo” is small enough to discover on foot. Visitors to the old town are rewarded with dramatic views over the river into the geometric fields of Castilla-La Mancha.


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    Perfectly cooked steak served 'al punto' at Restaurant La Ermitana (see below).

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  • Restaurante La Ermitana

    La Ermitana offers a truly unforgettable culinary experience that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Their menu showcases the very best of Toledo’s culinary traditions, using only the freshest and finest local ingredients to create dishes bursting with flavor and originality. So whether you’re in the mood for succulent meats, fresh seafood, or vegetarian options, every dish is crafted carefully and cooked to perfection. And to top it all off, the restaurant boasts breathtaking views of Toledo that will leave you spellbound, making your dining experience truly unforgettable. A visit to La Ermitana is a must for anyone looking to indulge in Toledo’s finest cuisine.

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  • The Cathedral

    Toledo’s cathedral is the most beautiful example of the Gothic style in Spain, after Burgos (the second most prominent Gothic cathedral in Europe after Cologne). Construction began in 1227 and lasted for three centuries. It was built on top of a Mosque, which had been built on top of a Visigoth cathedral. A “Mozarabic mass” is still held here by papal permission. The cathedral dominates the skyline, with its Gothic tower and flying buttresses—the interior blends various styles, from Gothic to Baroque, to Mudéjar. Paintings from many masters, including El Greco, Titian, Van Dyck, and Goya, grace the walls.

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  • The Alcázar

    Alcázar in Spanish translates as “Fortified Palace,” and Toledo’s Alcázar was indeed the former military residence of Charles V. It stands on the same site of former Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish fortresses. The Alcázar structure has been battered and abused throughout history and was almost burned to the ground in the middle of fierce fighting during the Spanish Civil War. Nevertheless, it now houses the Army Museum and is the second most prominent structure in the Toledo skyline.

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  • The Santa Maria de la Blanca Synagogue

    Deceptively modest from the outside, this lovely synagogue dating back to the 1300s boasts delicate Mudéjar arches and Moorish geometric friezes. It’s a small gem in the old town and contains a fascinating museum dedicated to Sephardi culture. The Sephardic were the Spanish Jews expelled in 1492. The scattered Sephardi communities still speak “Ladino,” a hybrid of medieval Spanish and Hebrew.

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  • The "Taller del Moro"

    “The Moor’s Workshop” is actually a Mudéjar palace housing a Tile and Ceramics Museum. Workers and artisans building the cathedral used it as a workshop during the 1300s.

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  • The "Iglesia de Santo Tomé"

    Most famous for its El Greco masterpiece painting, “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz,” this church dates to the 12th century. The most beautiful aspect of the church is its gorgeous Mudéjar Tower.

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