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.
Toledo destination guides
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid
Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Madrid Super Saver: Toledo and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid
Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a half-day tour of Toledo and a half-day tour of Aranjuez. In the morning you’ll travel to Toledo, Spain's medieval capital and a treasure trove of architecture and El Greco art. Then spend the afternoon in Aranjuez, a beautiful World Heritage-listed royal city.