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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