Toledo: You can’t beat it!
Its peoples, its history and its nature. And its art, its craftsmanship and its heritage. We’ll tell you all about the above when you visit Toledo. Its proud and stately capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No matter how many times you’ve been there, you’ll always find a reason to go back.
The legacy of the three cultures that have resided there (the Jews, Christians and Muslims), the beauty of its cathedral, the monumentality of its Alcázar, the legends of the old town area and the flavour of its game stews are its covering letters.
We’ll tell you about the extras, such as the zip line to fly over the Tagus and the places to take the best photos of the city from, at the Sercotel Alfonso VI Hotel. We’re in the city centre, so just open the window and take in the views. We’ll provide the tips for getting the most out of Toledo and the province.
We know that the capital has its charms, but so does the rest of the province. Its towns are home to a kind of pottery whose pure artistry has led it to become Intangible World Heritage.
Where can you find it? In Talavera de la Reina, for example. It earned the name of “Town of Pottery” in the 16th century and exported tiles that can now be seen on monuments all over Spain. To understand what we’re referring to you should pay a visit to the Ruiz de Luna Pottery Museum.
Tell us what history you want to enjoy and we’ll tell you which castle to visit in Toledo
They can also talk of art in Illescas, where the subject of conversation is El Greco. Go into the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity. Up to five of his canvases can be found there. The painter went so far as to say of them that they were “his most perfect work”.
The nature of Toledo also strives for perfection. The Barrancas de Burujón, ravines with enormous reddish gullies and the water of the Tagus flowing into the Castrejón reservoir, will give you an idea of what we mean.
You’ll be given another in Cabañeros National Park. The large Mediterranean forest that’s preserved in this area constitutes one of its great attractions. The other is made up of the animals that live there. We advise you to visit it between mid-September and mid-October, when the rutting and the spectacle of the bellowing of the deer during the mating season begin. As we were saying, perfection.
Toledo is a land of castles. They majestically look out over the plains of the province from the top of the hills. It’s not just about what they can tell you about past battles, it’s also the privileged views over the landscape that they have to offer.
From the Castle of La Muela in Consuegra, surrounded by windmills, and the Castle of Montalbán, with its huge perimeter and the mystery that links it to the Order of the Temple, to Orgaz Castle, located, as if it were a common occurrence, in the town centre.
Guadamur also has a castle, currently one of the best-preserved ones. Its towers and walls will recount stories dating back to the 15th century, but, if what you want is information about the past, the best place in Toledo is Puy du Fou.
In this park they know so much about history that they re-enact it in villages and settlements from different periods, such as an inn and the military camp of Caliph Abd al-Rahman III. There are also shows depicting milestones such as the discovery of America and the arrival of the railway.
When you decide to return to the present day, we’ll be waiting for you nearby at our Sercotel Toledo Renacimiento Hotel, located ten kilometres from Puy du Fou. Because travelling back in time is great, but it’s even better if you then rest in a 21st-century bed.