Travel

A Day Trip to Toledo

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet.

Today, I would like to take you with me to a little day trip. If you ever happen to visit Madrid and would like to escape the buzzing city life, there are multiple options for you.

Only an hour away by car lies the former capital of Spain, Toledo. Well, last time Toledo was the capital, it was 1561, but the flair still permeates its streets.

Toledo presents itself as a big rock, surrounded by the Río Tajo and is a UNESCO-listed city. Upon entering the walls of this Medieval city, you will feel the mix of religions that co-habitated in the past. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures”, Toledo saw the co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews before the Reconquista.

Toledo by night

Back to the city walls. When you pass them and look up, you’ll see big iron rings that were used to chain heretics and witches.

The best way to live and discover the city is on foot. You could start by the Sephardic Museum in the old synagogue and you can learn about the Jewish community in the city.

Close to the former synagogue, you’ll find the Cathedral, a building dating back to the 13th century. Explore its chapels, towers, choir stalls and retables.

cathedral of Toledo

In the main square you can enjoy the typical marzipan buildings from Toledo. The city is famous for its marzipan and you can find intricate sculptures completely out of marzipan.

Next you can visit the Alcazar, the home to the Spanish kings when Toledo was the capital. Nowadays the building serves as an army museum.

In the church of Santo Tomé you can admire the Burial of the Count of Orgaz, one of El Greco’s most famous paintings.

Before you leave, you can walk the streets of the city. There are countless legends and you can take a tour of the secrets of Toledo. Ghosts, witches, myths and legends embrace Toledo.

In the torture museum, you can see the dark side of Toledo’s history. Whereas in the museum of witches, you can find different artifacts and proofs of witches and supernatural beings, as they were believed to be true in Europe up to less than a century ago.

head of a witch
The head of a witch and vampire.

Have you ever visited Toledo? Do you enjoy legends? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,

Raffi

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