Half day trip to Toledo from Madrid
On this excursion to Toledo from Madrid, get to know the most important monuments of the three civilizations that coexisted at a time in this city: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
We will walk through the streets of Toledo and visit the most important temples that remain of these three religions, which shared this location in peace and harmony, making Toledo “the city of three cultures.”
We will begin our tour at Mirador del Valle (Valley Lookout), from where we can contemplate the entire city surrounded by the Tajo River, and look at some of the most provocative monuments, such as the Alcazar or the Cathedral.
Upon beginning our walking tour through the historic centre of Toledo, you will see that it maintains almost precisely the same structure of streets and houses as in the 16th century, when it was the capital of the Kingdom.
The walk through this labyrinth of narrow, steep and cobbled streets, typical of Toledo, is not optimal for people with reduced mobility, for whom we do not recommend this tour.
The first stop of our tour will be the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where the Council Hall, Episcopal Palace and Cathedral of Santa Maria are located.
Among them, the most spectacular is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, an impressive Gothic building from the 15th century, crowned by one sole tower instead of the usual two. During the tour, the guide will reveal the reason for this curiosity and will clarify any doubts about this UNESCO World Heritage city.
Another outstanding point on our route is the visit to the Santo Tome Church in order to contemplate the masterpiece “The burial of Count Orgaz” by El Greco.
During our walk through the old Jewish district, we will stop to get to know the old Santa Maria La Blanca synagogue, a temple in Arabic style whose construction was commissioned by the Jews to the Moors in the 12th century.
We will finish our excursion to Toledo from Madrid in a damascene workshop and store. Damascene is the art of decorating steel objects by embedding gold or silver threads. In the store you can buy, in addition to damascene objects, souvenirs typical to the area, such as replicas of the old swords and armour.
It is a good place to buy memorabilia after this intense visit to Toledo, where in just one afternoon we will have gotten to know the most representative places of what was considered the “city of three cultures.”
Note: excursion is not suitable for people with limited mobility.