Sightseeing in Toledo and surroundings

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of thethree cultures”, behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches,palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile-La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.

TOLEDO CATHEDRAL: Toledo Cathedral is one of the three 13th-century cathedrals in Spain and is considered, in the opinion of some authorities, to be the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain. Its construction began in 1226 under the rule of Ferdinand III and the last Gothic contributions were made in the 15th century when, in 1493, the vaults of the central nave were finished during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. It also combines some characteristics of the Mudéjar style, mainly in the cloister, and with the presence of multifold arches in the triforium. The spectacular incorporation of light and the structural achievements of the ambulatory vaults are some of its more remarkable aspects.
Address: Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 1, 45002, Toledo

GRECO’S MUSEUM: This museum has an extensive collection of paintings by this artist of the Spanish Golden Age. Opened in 1911, the museum is located in Toledo's Jewish Quarter. The museum houses numerous works by El Greco, especially from this brilliant painter's last period, as well as canvases by other 17th century Spanish painters, furniture from the same era and pottery from Talavera de la Reina.
Address: Paseo del Tránsito, s/n, 45002, Toledo

PUERTA DEL SOL: It was built in the 13th century by the Knights Hospitaller as an entry point into the city through the city walls. The gateway is rectangular with a semicircular top. The horseshoe arch entry is flanked by two towers. There are remains of a Paleochristian sarcophagus from the 4th century that lie in the middle of the blind arches. It has a relief with the cathedral's emblem emblazoned upon it, which represents the placing of San Idelfonso's cassock under the Sun and the Moon which has given the doorway its actual name.
Address: Calle Carretas, s/n, 45002, Toledo

THE ALCÁZAR: It is today the site of the city’s Army Museum. Its construction dates from Roman times. During the reigns of Alfonso VI and Alfonso X ‘the Wise’, it was rebuilt and became the first example of a square fortress with towers on the corners. The façades are Renaissance in style, and it has towers and crenellated defenses according to a preliminary design by Alonso de Covarrubias. After the last reconstruction it became the site of the Army Offices and Museum.
Address: Calle Unión, s/n, 45001, Toledo

MIRADOR DEL VALLE: This viewpoint, located across the river Tajo, offers a fantastic view of the valley and the city of Toledo.
Address: Carretera Circunvalación, 19, Toledo

THE CITY OF OCAÑA: This town is located on the North side of the plain known as Mesa de Ocaña is surrounded by ruined walls which contain the remains of an old castle. Its collection of buildings, arranged on a medieval layout, with large houses, palaces, convents and churches, is one of the most important in Castilla-La Mancha. The Main Square is the town's nerve center. The main streets which make up the historic quarter start from here.

THE WINDMILLS ROUTE: On this route you'll discover one of the most famous areas in Spain thanks to literature: La Mancha. The route runs near the city of Toledo and is the setting for the adventures of Don Quixote, the character brought to life by Miguel de Cervantes. Along the way, you'll see wide open plains and small mountain ranges with one of the region's symbols: the windmills of La Mancha.

THE CITY OF ESCALONA: Located on a plateau above a steep slope on the right bank of the river Alberche, the origins of Escalona date back more than 2,500 years. It preserves a magnificent collection of buildings, and is designed on a medieval layout. It still has the moats, the walls, the towers and the walkways. Other buildings of interest are the convents, a wonderful main square with porches around most of its perimeter; a long and beautiful bridge over the river Alberche and a huge variety of popular houses with rows of balconies and porches.