Highlights of this tour
- Cathedral of Toledo
- Monastery of San Juan de las Reyes
- Church of Santo Tomé
- Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca
- The Cambrón
- Puerto Bisagra
- La Plaza de Zaocadover
- The Alcazar
If you are interested in the history of Spain and fascinated by medieval cities and monuments, then a visit to the beautiful Toledo is a must-do. Discover the Highlights of Toledo with its compact old town. The perfect tour and excellent for a day trip from Madrid!
During this tour, you visit the World Heritage Site Toledo, one of the oldest and most unique medieval cities in Spain. Before Madrid, Toledo used to be the capital of Spain. This private guided tour starts and ends at your accommodation in Madrid. Your private guide meets you at your hotel, and with a private adapted vehicle, you head to the center of Toledo. About a one hour drive from Madrid. Toledo is located on a hill on a bend of river the Taag, and from many angles, you have terrific views.
Other highlights you discover during this tour are the main historical monuments, work of el Greco, old streets, and squares in the city center. Furthermore, the city tour includes an inside guided visit inside the Gothic Toledo cathedral, Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes, Church of Santo Tomé, and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. You will also see the city gates: Cambrón and Bisagra.
First, you visit the Cathedral of Toledo, which is one of Spain’s most famous gothic cathedrals. The interior of the cathedral is super impressive. Its 88 strongly articulated columns and glass paintings from the 16th century, give it a unique appearance. You see Retablo Mayor, an impressive gold-colored, fifteen meters high altarpiece. Its composition consists of a bench and streets in which you see scenes from the life of Christ. Above each display, you find a large canopy.
After the cathedral, you visit the Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes. This monastery is from the 15th-century and has a two-level hall, a peaceful courtyard garden in the middle, and gargoyles. Furthermore, during your inside visit, you admire the unique mix of late-Gothic architecture on the lower level and Mudejar architecture at the upper level. And if you listen very carefully, you can hear the singing of monks.
The next stop on your discover the highlights of Toledo tour is the Church of Santo Tomé. This church is a 12th-century church that was rebuilt in the 14th century. The tower is one of Toledo’s most impressive monuments, decorated with glazed pottery. Inside the church, you see the incredible universal painting of El Greco, the Burial of the Count of Orgaz. You also see other works, such as a 16th-century altarpiece and two baroque pieces, and a beautiful marble image of the Virgin from the 12th century, three interesting paintings by Luis Tristán, and two sculptures of Alonso Cano school.
You continue the tour with a visit to the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, on the outskirts of the city. This former synagogue, built-in 1180, was converted into a church in the 15th century. Currently, it is a museum. Admire the coffered wooden ceiling structure, floor mosaic, the use of brick and pillars, plateresque altars, and an altarpiece by the school of Berruguete.
Next are the two gateways of the city. First, you see the Cambrón, one of Toledo’s oldest gates and also known as the gate of the Jews. Cambrón is a beautiful 16th-century gate with four towers. Second, you pass Puerto Bisagra, the most popular city gate of Toledo. This gate was built in the 10th century and is still for over a thousand years the most important entrance of Toledo. Many traffic and visitors still enter the city through this old gate.
And no Spanish city tour is complete without a visit to a traditional square. Today, you visit La Plaza de Zocodover, the main square during the history of Toledo. Nowadays, it is a bustling square in the heart of the city.
Last, you continue to Alcazar, a fort on the highest point of the city. Built-in the third century, the fortress functioned as a seat for the Roman jurisdiction. From this point, you have a beautiful view over the whole city.
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