Introducing Toledo

Though one of the smaller of Spain's provincial capitals, Toledo looms large in the nation's history and consciousness as a religious centre, bulwark of the Spanish church, and once-flourishing symbol of a multicultural medieval society. The Old Town today is a treasure chest of churches, museums, synagogues and mosques set in a labyrinth of narrow streets, plazas and inner patios in a lofty setting high above Río Tajo.

Toledo's charms, and its proximity to Madrid, mean that it can get choked with tour groups during the day. Try to stay till dusk, when the city returns to the locals and the streets take on a moody, other-worldly air.

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