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Toledo, Spain – Travel Notebook and Stock Image Gallery

Although it’s one of Spain’s smallest provincial capitals, Toledo is one of the country’s most visited cities, an important symbol of the country’s multicultural history and heritage. That once peaceful co-existence between Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, all of which has left an indelible impression on the city, led to its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

The old city sits comfortably on a mountaintop surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River, home to dozens of historically significant churches, synagogues and mosques. Fans of the painter El Greco, who spent most of his life here, will get their fill. So will fans of affordable Spanish reds.

Days will be busy with visitors and on weekends the city can be overrun by busloads of day-trippers from nearby Madrid, just 70km away. So plan to spend a night or two and enjoy the quieter later afternoon and evening hours.

Main word of advice: don’t be fooled by the narrow streets. You do need to keep an eye out for cars. There’s very little room to navigate so oftentimes you’ll need to step into a doorway. Most locals drive with caution and care. Most.

Best way to arrive? Via train. Check out a few images of Toledo’s beautiful train station here, a post which includes links to train connection info. Separate posts on the the El Greco Museum, The Toledo Cathedral and the Mosque of Cristo de Luz forthcoming.

The 16th century Alcazar de Toledo dominates the skyline in Toledo, Spain
The 16th century Alcazar de Toledo dominates the old city’s skyline
Wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of Toledo, Spain.
Wandering Toledo’s narrow cobblestone streets
Canvas mounted above the streets sheilds pedestrians from the midday sun in Toledo, Spain
Canvas mounted above the streets shields pedestrians from the midday sun in Toledo
Building on the Plaza de Zocodover, Toledo, Spain
Building on the Plaza de Zocodover
Doors to the Toledo Cathedral.
Doors to the Toledo Cathedral.
Black Madonna, Iglesia De Santo Tome, Toledo, Spain
Black Madonna, Iglesia De Santo Tome
Locally produced food and drink in Toledo, Spain
Locally produced food and drink
Walking under shade canvassing in Toledo, Spain
Walking under shade canvassing in Toledo
Typically narrow street in Toledo, Spain
Typically narrow street
Mudejar style door, Toledo, Spain
Mudejar style door, Toledo
Antique shop display, Toledo, Spain
Antique shop display, Toledo
Typical narrow cobblestone street, Toledo, Spain
The Alcazar de Toledo palace dominates the skyline from every direction in Toledo, Spain
The Alcazar de Toledo palace dominates the skyline from every direction
Typically narrow streets, Toledo, Spain.
Typically narrow streets, Toledo
Along the Ruta de Don Quijote walking trail, Toledo, Spain
Along the Ruta de Don Quijote walking trail, Toledo
Cervantes sculpture, Toledo, Spain
Cervantes sculpture, Toledo
Local craft beer, Toledo Spain
Local craft beer
Sunset in Toledo.
Sunset in Toledo.
Statue of Beatrice of Silva in Toledo, Spain
Statue of Beatrice of Silva
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  1. restlessjo says

    I enjoyed our ramble, Bob 🙂 I imagine those canvas overheads a Godsend, and they create quite interesting shots too. I like the way you’ve incorporated your captions into the photos. Looks neat! And the ‘junk’ shop, and potentially the station. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks, Jo. Those canvases was great in mid-May, I can imagine what a relief they are now in the middle of the summer. As for the captions, that’s how my theme positions them; I don’t always like the positioning but they’re starting to grow on me. 🙂

  2. Jean Reinhardt says

    Beautiful photography, I love those doors.

    1. Bob R says

      Me too, some of the Mudejar style architecture really is remarkable.

  3. Gracie K. Harold says

    These shots are captivating. I felt as if I were there! Thank you for liking my post, I look forward to seeing life through your lens!

  4. Alexandra says

    such a great set!! I love the photo with the flags hangin out on the windows and balconies… and was wondering what is the meaning of those flags?

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks Alexandra. I’m not sure on flags – they’re mostly religious symbols. These are from mid-May and there was a local holiday coming up so they may be related to that.

  5. thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says

    Love these, Bob! I have always wanted to travel to Spain, still on the list of places to visit! Beautiful 🙂

  6. mukul chand says

    great pics , great layout . thanks for liking my amateur pics. will take you on an interesting journey of discovery , do read http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com and http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com

  7. Cindy Bruchman says

    What a great blog you have. Thanks for visiting mine. I’m looking forward to visiting Toledo next year.

  8. faburlifekhloe says

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

  9. setmeravelles says

    Toledo is one of my favourite cities in Spain and the world. I lived there for three months in uni and cherish my time there.

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