The essential places to see in Toledo. What to visit

Without a doubt, Toledo is one of the most spectacular cities in Spain and also one of the most visited thanks to its spectacular monuments and also its proximity to Madrid that make it a perfect day trip for those who visit the capital..

Toledo is known as the City of the Three Cultures, as Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived here for centuries, leaving the city with a very rich historical legacy that today makes it a must-see in our country.

In this article we are going to tell you which are the best places to see in Toledo. The essentials that you should not miss.

Routes through Toledo for days

As we have said, Toledo is an ideal day trip from Madrid so most people will see it in a single day. But if you have more days, here we are going to offer you different tours of the city depending on the days available so that you do not miss anything.

And if you are traveling with the little ones, do not miss our article with the best things to see in Toledo with children.

The main places to see in Toledo

The Primatial Cathedral of Toledo

Toledo - CathedralThe Cathedral of Toledo is one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Spain and the main place to visit in Toledo. It was built between 1226 and 1493 in the Gothic style and we can highlight both its interior and its exterior.

From the outside, the most interesting are its three facades, as well as the tower of more than 90 meters that is visible from much of the city. Of the interior of the Cathedral of Toledo it is necessary to emphasize its chapels, its stained glass windows and your treasure.

This beautiful Cathedral is also located in an enviable Historic Center that you should enjoy every corner of. That is why it is best to get lost in the streets around the Cathedral and enjoy a city that has a lot to visit.

The Alcazar of Toledo

Toledo - Alcazar - NightIf the Cathedral seems spectacular to you, the Alcázar is no less so. And it is also another of Toledo’s hallmarks, having its best view from the other side of the Tagus River, from the Mirador de Valle.

The Alcázar of Toledo is an impressive rectangular building built in the 16th century, of which its 4 towers stand out and which has had different uses throughout its history, since the capital of Spain was established in Toledo and the building acquired its current appearance..

It currently houses the Army Museum and on its façade you can see remains of the bullets from the wars it has suffered, having to be rebuilt on occasion.

The Church of Santo Tomé and the Toledo of El Greco

Toledo - El Greco - Burial Count OrgazAlthough he was born in Greece, the life and work of El Greco is closely linked to Toledo, where he lived for a few years, leaving us some of his best works, and died in 1614.

One of the most important places to see in Toledo for the figure of El Greco is the Church of Santo Tomé, whose exterior will not attract your attention too much but inside it is one of the masterpieces of the great painter, El Entierro of the Count of Orgaz.

If you still want more, you can visit the El Greco Museum, located not too far away. In the El Greco Museum you can enjoy other paintings by the extraordinary painter as well as others such as Murillo or Valdés Leal.

Zocodover Square and its surroundings

Toledo - Commerce StreetOne of the most interesting and lively places in the center of Toledo is the Plaza de Zocodover, which for many years was the city’s main square. It is an arcaded square with typical Castilla-La Mancha architecture full of shops and restaurants.

One of the most outstanding elements of the Plaza de Zocodover is the Arco de la Sangre, behind which there is an interesting Cervantes Statue.

From there some of the most commercial streets of Toledo start, such as Calle Comercio (the name is not even painted) and some streets with a lot of charm that you will want to get lost.

The Jewish Quarter of Toledo

ToledoMany cities have a Jewish quarter but like Toledo perhaps there is none. And it is that in this city lived a large Jewish community that left an incredible historical legacy that we can admire today.

The Church of Santo Tomé, of which we have spoken before, is one of the churches that we can find in the Jewish quarter of Toledo, although it is not the only monument that we can visit since we can add the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and several synagogues, such as the Synagogue of Transit, which houses the Sephardic Museum, or the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca.

We also find several charming streets and squares such as Plaza del Conde, Calle de Santo Tomé or Callejón de Bodegones, although it is best to get lost in them and let yourself go.

You can find more information on the official Toledo tourism page.

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