In Toledo, Spain
Take a scenic day trip from Madrid to the amazing city of Toledo
One of the most famous cathedrals in Spain is the Catedral de Toledo. Set in a dramatic landscape this small town is sure to surprise you with its beauty.
We took a quick 30-minute train ride from Madrid and loved every minute we were able to spend in Toledo. FYI, the train station is kind of far from the town center, so I suggest taking public transport or a taxi. We walked it and it was exhausting, so plan accordingly!
Standing watch over the city, the Alcázar de Toledo has a commanding presence on its hilltop location. This ancient Moorish fortress, built on the site of an earlier Roman fort, was later renovated by the Christian Kings in the 11th century.
The next stop is the beautiful Puente de Alcántara. This 13th century Moorish Bridge was breathe taking to walk on. Toledo is one of the few places where you can really palpate the history when you walk through its streets.
We then had lunch at La Clandestina, which we absolutely enjoyed before heading to the town center, the Casco Histórico de Toledo.
In the small town you can find a lot of artisan shops with unique souvenirs you can take home. From here you can walk right over to the Primatial Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, otherwise known as Toledo Cathedral. The cathedral of Toledo is one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. It was begun 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.
The cathedral is very large, so plan your time accordingly. It is all worth seeing, even climbing the bell tower! There are so many different rooms, all unique with their own style and paintings. You can book your tour here: Cathedral Tickets.
After this we headed back to the train station to take our train back to Madrid. Toledo is also a good stop on a trip from Madrid down to Andalucia (ex: Sevilla). I definitely recommend planning to spend the better part of a day enjoying this historic town.