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Toledo

Address Plaza del Consistorio 1; 45001 Toledo
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Telephone +34 925 254 030
Websitehttp://www.toledo-turismo.com/
Time to go Although more crowded, best to go Sat-Sun when all sights are open.
Cost EUR 20 by AVE fast train
How to get there

Around one hour’s journey time or 30 min by train. By car, get on the A-42 highway to Getafe, then follow signs to Toledo. For less traffic, get on the R-5 at Leganés, then the AP-41 toll motorway to Toledo. By train, take an AVE fast train to Toledo from Atocha station http://www.renfe.es/.

Home to El Greco, aficionados of the old master will find plenty of inspiration in the picturesque hilltop city of Toledo. His work can be seen in many of the buildings, the most noteworthy of which, The Burial of Count Orgaz, can be found in the Iglesia de Santo Tomé.

However, the town is an attraction in itself. In existence since the Bronze Age and recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s filled with cultural treasures from its past rulers which have included Christians, Jews, as well as Muslims. So find various religious buildings such as the magnificent Cathedral of Toledo, the Sinagoga de Tránsito and the mosques Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz and Mezquita de Tornerías, as well as the grand Roman-built Alcázar fortification.

Ideal for a day trip but it also offers plenty of upscale boutique hotels nestled in the ‘cigarrales’ – former summer villas of Spain’s aristocrats – and a number of high-end restaurants from where you can sip a cerveza in the lush terraces overlooking the Tagus river, olive groves and cypress trees. Make sure to pick up some marzipan – Toledo’s speciality – as well as any number of beautifully wrought metalwork items, from swords and knives to less-violent jewellery.