Toledo | The city loved by El Greco

Toledo is a city that inspired El Greco to live and thrive there until his death and belongs to the list of monuments of cultural heritage by UNESCO. A city that harmoniously married three religions and cultures, the Arab, the Jewish and the Christians and was the spiritual capital of the Iberian. Just 70 km from Madrid, whoever travels to Spain must stop here. Once you’re approaching Toledo, on a hill, you have a panoramic view of the town resembling immense fort surrounded by the river Tagus. The few minutes that separate the hill from the Moorish gateway seem centuries.

Toledo

Toledo

The narrow cobbled streets are mixed with mosques and cathedrals, medieval buildings and cafes perfect for tourists, in a combination that pleasantly surprises you. Starting with the impressive Gothic cathedral, where you can admire the works of Goya and El Greco, wander the streets and listen to the generations that have passed from this place to whisper their secrets and let your steps lead you up to the fort of Alcazar, with its four towers which in the old days was the palace of the Kings of Castile. The city is famous for hand guns and steel swords, real artifacts, which along with tourism are the main sources of Toledo economy.

Toledo - Catedral

Toledo – Catedral

Best places to stay:

Alfonso VI

Luxury hotel, on the opposite side of Alcazar with Castillian décor.

Toledo - Catedral

Alfonso VI, Toledo

Parador de Toledo

A sample of a traditional house in Toledo next to the Tagus River, with spectacular views.

Parador de Toledo

Parador de Toledo

View more about Toledo here: The natural beauty of Toledo.

By Nicole P.

Toledo photos: Sergio Ocon, M Angeles, Funkbreaks, Yoann Grange.

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